PRP for Hair Loss
- Posted on: May 27 2015
Recent scientific research and technology has provided the medical community with new information on wound and tissue healing. While the research is still in the early stages, platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is being recognized as an all-natural autologous medical procedure for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
PRP has been used in combination with hair transplant surgery to enhance successful outcomes and promote healing for some time now and works great for a stand-alone procedure as well when utilized during micro-needling treatments to stimulate hair follicles that have miniaturized, typically due to male or female pattern baldness.
How Does PRP Work?
Human blood contains stem cells and blood products with specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. For over two decades, PRP has been used as a medial adjunct therapy in many medical specialties and has been confirmed to be a safe and effective treatment. In the field of hair restoration, no claims can be made of it’s efficacy but evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment. PRP for hair loss is not meant to replace other FDA approved therapy options such as Rogaine and Propecia but provides patients suffering from hair loss with an additional therapeutic option.
How Is PRP Performed?
First, blood is drawn in-office and is then spun in a centrifuge that separates the PRP from the rest of the blood. The PRP from your own body is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. An anesthetic block is given to nerves of the scalp so you do not feel any pain. The PRP is then applied to the desired area followed by micro-trauma and is also injected underneath the skin. The skin is slightly red following the procedure but there are no major signs that anything was performed. A micro-needling session is then perform to penetrate the PRP and stimulate the follicles. The scalp is tender for 1-3 days but most patients are able to resume normal activity after the session or the next day.
What Results Can I Expect with PRP?
PRP does not actually regrow new hair follicles, but can help reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles that happens with male or female pattern baldness. PRP can stimulate the follicle to produce longer, thicker and healthier hair fibers. The only way to increase the number of hair follicles is through hair transplantation via the strip-method or follicular unit extraction.
Measurements usually begin to increase within eight weeks but it may take six to 12 months for visual improvements. Results can last up to 2 years before a repeat treatment(s) is needed but it’s typically recommended that patients return for a touch-up treatment one time per year.
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