PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step procedure in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, PRP is separated and then injected into his own scalp.
PRP injections trigger natural hair growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and it increases the thickness of the hair shaft.
As PRP therapy involves injecting plasma from your own blood into your scalp, you are not at risk for getting a communicable disease. These quick and affordable injections take just a few minutes, and can be done even on your lunch break, and do not require any downtime.
PRFM Vs PRP
PRFM (Platelet rich fibrin matrix) is derived from PRP by adding activators that promote clotting.
Like PRP, PRFM also contains various growth factors which have recently been used during follicular unit transplantation to increase hair density and to stimulate follicular unit growth.
In PRFM, the platelets are trapped inside fibrin network so it will not be washed away by the body easily. Hence their shelf life increases and there will be a slow and sustained release of growth factors from platelets. In overall efficacy, PRFM is better than PRP.
About 10ml of blood is drawn from a patient in two sterile vacutainer tubes and then the tubes are placed in a centrifuge machine for 10 minutes at 1500 rpm. After centrifugation, three layers are obtained; yellow-co- loured acellular plasma in the upper layer, red-coloured red blood cells (RBCs) in the lower layer, and PDGF(Platelet derived growth factor) in the middle layer. The middle layer along with an activator is used for making PRFM. It can be used directly in the affected area just like PRP injections.
As a result of PRP/PRFM injections, hair shedding reduces, followed by early regrowth. It eventually benefits by increasing length of hair