One of the most exciting new techniques in the field of hair loss is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, known as PRP. Using your on blood to harvest plasma, which is rich in regenerating stem cells and growth factors, it can be used to stimulate hair growth for people suffering from conditions such as male or female pattern baldness, thinning hair or alopecia.
How does PRP for hair loss work?
Our blood contains stem cells and growth factors, which are responsible for tissue regeneration and healing in the body. PRP therapy utilizes this powerful natural resource by taking a sample of blood and putting it into a centrifuge in order to extract the Platelet Rich Plasma. This is then injected into the scalp using a fine needle to stimulate hair follicle growth.
Am I suitable for this treatment?
If you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss and do not want to undergo surgery or use treatments that involve daily applications of drugs or chemicals, then PRP treatment could be the right option for you. PRP can also be a good adjunct to hair transplant surgery as it improves the outcome by improving the health and quality of our scalp. The provider performs this before and after his hair transplant treatments as it strengthens the donor area and post surgery helps the implanted hair to grow thicker and faster. You will need to visit your provider for a consultation in order to ascertain whether you are suitable for this treatment or not.
Does it hurt?
The treatment can be a little bit uncomfortable but most patients find it tolerable and local anesthetic is used to minimize and pain or discomfort.
Is there any downtime/recovery time?
Because PRP treatment is minimally invasive and uses your own blood there is little or no recovery time with the treatment.
What kind of results can I expect?
PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss however it has shown positive results and patients have reported some dramatic results. Hair becomes thicker, grows faster and new hair grows in areas where it was previously thinning. The results will become visible over the next few months following treatment and repeat treatments may be necessary to achieve optimum results. PRP is particularly useful as an adjunct to hair transplant surgery as it enhances and speeds up the results achievable.