What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein that is derived from whole blood that has been extracted to remove red blood cells. Platelets are known to promote blood clotting and encourage the healing of wounds. Researchers have hypothesized that the healing of wounds can be promoted by injecting PRP into areas of tissue damage and inflammation.
How does PRP affect hair restoration?
PRP therapy can improve thinning hair and hair loss for men and women. Doctors have injected platelet-rich plasma into the scalp in order to reduce the inflammation that leads to hair loss. The added plasma into the scalp accelerates tissue regeneration, tissue healing, as well as enhances the blood supply to one’s scalp.
The main purpose of utilizing platelet-rich plasma in hair restoration is to stimulate underactive hair follicles to access the active growth phase.
How does PRP therapy work?
Platelet-rich therapy is a quick and comfortable three-step process.
- First, a small amount of blood is drawn (usually from your arm). It is then inserted into a centrifuge that spins rapidly to separate the blood components of different densities.
- After the blood has thoroughly spun in the centrifuge, it will be separated into 3 different layers: platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells.
- The platelet-rich plasma will be drawn into a syringe and injected into the scalp in the areas that require treatment. This will stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth.
What are the side effects?
Side effects for this therapy for hair loss include: pinpoint bleeding at the site of treatment, minimal pain, and redness. However, these reactions generally subside after 1 or 2 days.
When will you see results?
After the treatment, patients will typically see results within two months. Those results will continue to improve over the course of 12 months, leaving you with naturally permanent and fuller hair.
For the best results, doctors will recommend starting off with 3 platelet-rich plasma treatments and having maintenance treatments every 4-6 months.