If you suffer from hair loss, there are a variety of treatments that may provide hair restoration. However, there is only one procedure that uses the body’s own healing and cell regeneration process to this advantage. This procedure is known as the platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) treatment. If you’re considering this treatment, here are some important post hair PRP treatment precautions to keep in mind.
How Does PRP Work for Hair Loss
The PRP treatment works in two primary ways because of the active agents in the platelets. First, the growth factors have the potent ability to stimulate stem cells in the scalp. As a result, it has shown to be effective in treating issues where the existing stem cells have lost their ability to regenerate, such as hair loss. For people with receding hair lines and balding, PRP treatments can help replenish new cells that are able to grow hair.
Secondly, PRP treatments provide anti-inflammatory benefits. One of the causes of hair loss is chronic inflammation and irritation in the scalp. The disruption of the supporting structures of the hair from inflammation can be seen as an offense to the body. The body’s immune system may even attack the follicles, causing hair loss. Offending agents include skin diseases, diabetes mellitus, and cigarette smoke. Since the PRP treatment has anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes the healing of the scalp skin, which can allow for hair to grow once more.
Things to Do Before Your PRP Treatment
To increase the effectiveness and comfort of the procedure, there are some things you can do before your appointment. These tips will ensure you are healthy and prepared for your treatment. Here’s how to prepare for hair PRP treatments.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast & Drink Water
On the morning of your treatment, make sure you eat a solid, healthy breakfast. This will give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to heal and bear any discomfort during the procedure. You should also drink plenty of water at least two hours before your treatment. The more hydrated you are, the better you will feel after your appointment.
Don’t Take Blood Thinning Medication
Medications that cause your blood to thin will slow down the healing process and may cause increased inflammation at the treatment site. One week before treatment and two weeks post-treatment, it is recommended to stay away from any medications that could thin the blood.
Don’t Use Hair Products/Chemicals
It is important to show up to your appointment with clean hair, without any products in it. You will also be unable to wash your hair until the day after the treatment to allow your scalp to rest. Adding products or chemicals to your hair could disturb the healing process by increasing inflammation and discomfort.
Don’t Smoke or Drink Alcohol before Treatment
For three days before your treatment you should avoid substances like alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine. Problems may occur and results may take longer to appear.
Things to Do After Your PRP Treatment
As with any skincare treatment, it is important to follow the instructions of the practitioner to ensure faster healing and better results. For 48 to 72 hours after your appointment, here are some important things to do post treatment for hair PRP.
Don’t Go Out in the Sun
The purpose of the PRP treatment, in part, is to reduce inflammation and cause healing and cell regeneration. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can hinder this process because the rays can trigger inflammation and cause discomfort and irritation. Since the skin is sensitive during the first few days after treatment, avoiding sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage and speed up healing. If you must go outside, you should protect your scalp with a hat to keep it safe from the sun’s rays.
Don’t Sweat and Avoid Intense Activity
Sweat is pro-inflammatory, which can cause irritation in the treated area. It is best to avoid hot environments and activities that may cause sweating in order to keep the scalp cool. Spas or saunas should also be avoided due to the extremely humid and warm environments.
Don’t Go Swimming
The chemicals in swimming pools and the level of bacteria can irritate your healing scalp and cause infections. It is better to avoid swimming in pools until your scalp is fully healed.
Enjoy Your Day
Just because you should be careful with your scalp after the treatment doesn’t mean you need to take the week off work or avoid regular activities. You should still be able to go to work and resume your errands for the day without worry. However, be sure to relax and avoid too much physical activity that could cause sweating.
PRP therapy takes some time to work, so be patient with your body as it heals and produces its results. If you are patient you will eventually see restored, youthful hair.
The PRP Treatment for Hair Restoration at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
Is the hair PRP treatment painful? How long does the hair PRP treatment last? How soon can I see results? Everything you need to know about this treatment can be found on our web site. At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our PRP procedures are effective and well-loved by our clients. The short recovery time and natural results will have you looking refreshed and younger within a few months. If you want to learn more about how this procedure can help you combat the signs of aging, restore hair loss, and reduce damage that has already been done to your skin and scalp, contact us at (416) 546-4664, or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your first consultation today and our skincare specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin and hair.