Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment option for hair loss. PRP requires taking a sample of a patient's blood and using a centrifuge to isolate the plasma, which is rich in platelets and growth factors. The resulting PRP is then injected into the patient's body to stimulate tissue regeneration and healing.
What is not known widely is that it is important to be aware of the potential side effects before undergoing treatment. Given below are some of the most common side effects of PRP therapy.
- Pain and discomfort
One of the most common side effects of PRP therapy is pain and discomfort at the injection site. Patients may also experience bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site.
There is a risk of infection associated with PRP therapy. Patients should make sure that the practitioner performing the procedure uses sterile equipment and follows proper infection control procedures.
- Allergic reactions
Many patients experience allergic reactions to the components of the PRP solution. Symptoms may include itching, hives, and difficulty breathing.
Patients may experience headaches after PRP therapy.
- Nerve damage
The most dangerous is, PRP therapy can cause nerve damage. This is more likely to occur when the injections are performed near nerves.
- Blood clots
PRP therapy involves injecting platelets into the patient's body, which can increase the risk of blood clots.