The Vampire Treatment

The vampire treatment is not a post-Halloween inspired story, but the endearing nickname for an innovative new hair growth therapy also known as PRP (platelet-rich plasma). The fast gain in popularity of this treatment comes from its well-diversified benefits including efficacy, safety and cost.

As the name suggests, PRP is plasma, (a component of the blood,) that has been enriched for platelets. Simply, a small amount of blood (only a fraction of what would be drawn for a blood donation for example) is collected from the patient. That sample is then concentrated for its platelets which contain healing properties and an abundance of growth factors (1). Lastly, the platelets are activated and injected at the site of desired hair growth.

PRP therapy has diverse applications in hair treatment with an improvement in hair growth and thickness observed in those diagnosed with the immune condition alopecia areata (2,3), the more prevalent pattern baldness (4–8) and to increase the success of hair transplant surgery (9).

One of the main advantages of PRP is that the patient’s own blood is drawn for treatment. Therefore when executed properly by your haircare professional, opportunities for transmission of infectious disease and reported side-effects are minimal (10).  Likewise without the use of specialized drugs, the costs remain low comparatively.

Currently the technology is still new but does have FDA approval for specific uses. Use of PRP for haircare would be considered “off label,” however with all of its advantages and some further investigations into methods, PRP may soon become a popular option in haircare. Talk with your hair loss specialist for more information.

Article by: Dr. J.L. Carviel, Mediprobe Research Inc.


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