It seems that every shampoo ad on our screens shows longhaired models swishing their luscious locks and running their fingers through an enjoyable shiny hair do.
It can be exasperating for those of us with ordinary hair, but for anyone suffering from thinning hair or hair loss these images can be hard to bear.
We often forget that it's not just men who suffer hair loss - many women experience it too, and find that it has a huge impact on their confidence. The NHS estimates that over half of men are affected by hair loss by the age of 50, but that most of these men start to experience hair thinning in the 30s. For women hair thinning is more noticeable after menopause with 50% of women over the age of 65 experiencing hair loss.
If your hair is thinning and you would like to slow or even stop your hair loss then Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may offer an amazingly effective answer.
How does PRP work?
The PRP serum is delivered into your scalp, stimulating your hair follicles to produce stronger, thicker hair that is more resilient and does not fall out before its full lifespan is complete. Unlike hair restoration drugs, there is no risk of side effects such as loss of libido.
PRP works on active follicles and therefore it's a preventative treatment intended to slow or stop hair loss, so it’s best embarked upon when you first start to notice a problem. PRP is also used to improve the results of hair transplants by strengthening the grafted hair follicle and helping them become established. Please be aware that PRP is not a treatment for baldness.
PRP has been used in hair restoration surgery since 2004 and its role is expanding as the benefits become better understood. It is extremely safe, since you are the donor there is no chance of rejection. The treatment can be used in combination with mesotherapy and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as there is a synergistic effect.
What results can PRP achieve?
PRP treatments work with the natural growth cycle of your hair follicles, so results will only start to show 6 months after your last treatment. With results you should notice your hair becoming shinier, more vibrant and less brittle.
Younger patients who have just started to experience hair loss will see the best results with a noticeable increase in hair density.
Patients with moderate and advanced hair loss usually see a reduction or cessation in hair loss, a smaller percentage see hair thickening.
Typically 3 treatments are required to maintain your hair and 6 to encourage growth. An initial course of 3-6 treatments is recommended followed by a booster every 6 months. Most patients who wish to maintain results will need 1-2 treatments each year.
Photographs demonstrating hair rejuvenation using PRP over a course of treatments.
Key facts about this treatments
You must have a consultation to determine if the treatment is appropriate for you, which takes 30 mins and costs £25.
The treatment is suitable for men and women.
The treatment is for thinning hair and cannot restore lost hair.
You will require an initial course of 3 treatments.
Your treatment is progressive and your results will show 6 months after your last treatment.
You will receive a complimentary review 6 months after your third treatment.
We use local anaesthetic to make your treatment comfortable.
PRP has a strong safety record and there is no risk of rejection.
PRP hair thinning treatments are provide by our Clinical Director Dr Victoria,who is one of the UK's PRP pioneers and has given peer to peer presentations at UK conferences on PRP hair rejuvenation.
You can learn more about PRP and download aftercare instructions by visiting our PRP treatment page.
"I wanted to stabilise my hair loss … the team were great, explaining the treatments in detail, so there were no surprises. My hair loss has been stabilised and I have more self-confidence. I just wish I’d done it 15 years ago."