Debarati S Sen| TNN | Apr 17, 2014, 12.00 AM IST
This has nothing to do with Edward Cullen or Count Dracula — the vampire hair treatment is called so, only because it uses your blood that has powerful growth factors to treat hair.
The vampire treatment or the Dracula hair treatment is, “just a fancy new name for the age old PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment done for wound healing and ulcers. Since PRP is derived from patient’s own blood and also due to celebrity usage, the name has been in fashion,” says dermatologist Dr Apratim Goel.
In this simple procedure, around 10-15 ml of a patient’s blood is drawn and processed in a centrifuge machine for about 8-10 minutes. Then a fragment of this solution is pipetted and after adding a few cell therapy treatments, it is injected into the scalp or the hair loss area with the help of micro-needles, explains cosmetologist Dr Rashmi Shetty.
Dr Goel says that this is a safe treatment as the patients own blood is used. “The solution that is injected is rich in platelets. These platelets secrete a variety of growth factors that once injected into scalp, help in activating dormant hair follicles and also new hair follicles.”
Though the vampire treatment claims to regenerate hair, trichologist Dr Apoorva Shah disagrees. He states, “Let me make it very clear that there is nothing in the world which can re-grow hair naturally except the hair transplant.”