(PRP)Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss and Hair Thinning
Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a high concentration of your own platelets in a small volume of plasma that contains rich growth factors. PRP injection is commonly used to treat Alopecia (hair loss) which affects both men and women.
The PRP solution should have about five times the concentration of the normal platelet level, so it is full of healing platelets that release ‘growth factor’ proteins, which stimulate the growth of specific tissues. The solution is then injected into the areas of the body requiring treatment. PRP is a safe treatment and there is no concern for infections. PRP is never exposed to the outside environment and therefore there is no possibility of contamination.
Frequently Asked Questions
A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn sterilely into an enclosed non-pyrogenic sterile tube. It is processed by spinning in a centrifuge to separate platelets from other components of the blood. Platelets are left in the layer of plasma at about three to five times higher concentration than they are in normal blood. The platelet-rich plasma is then sterilely transferred to a sterile syringe and re-injected into the treatment area that has been cleaned with an antibacterial cleansing solution.
There are a few steps to this procedure which begins by blood collection followed by centrifugation, and lastly injection. The whole procedure takes about 1 hour. During the treatment, a vibration device and cryo (cooling) machine are used to minimize discomfort and pain from the injection.
There is minimal to no downtime. Most people may return to their daily activities after the treatment.
As the PRP solution consists of a person’s own blood components, there are few risks of a reaction to the solution itself. You may experience the following temporary side effects:
Mild pain on the injection site
Feeling of pressure or fullness at the injected area
Temporary bleeding at the injection site
PRP is a great treatment for hair loss and hair thinning as well as facial rejuvenation. However, one treatment will not give you dramatic results. Multiple treatments are recommended to see significant improvement.
PRP works by stimulating hair follicles, so it will take time. Initially, you may notice less hair loss/shedding. New hair growth and thicker hair should be expected after a few treatments. PRP is not a cure for hair loss. For this reason, a person would need to receive multiple PRP treatments over time to maintain hair growth results.
Initially, PRP should be done monthly for 4 months and will typically last 6-12 months. You will then need a single maintenance session, and thereafter further single maintenance PRP sessions every 6-12 months.