Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) For Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment involves taking highly concentrated platelets and injecting them into a patient’s scalp.
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How PRP works.
How PRP works.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Individuals with male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.
Individuals with very fine hair.
The actual procedure lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Around 3-4 treatments are recommended which are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
The full treatment can be repeated after 6-12 months.
There is no recovery time needed. You can get back into your daily routine immediately after the procedure.
Most patients report positive results.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Soreness/Tenderness on scalp
Injury to blood vessels or nerves
Prices for PRP have steadied in recent years. However, the final amount that you pay is often dependent on various factors including where you have the treatment and the specific clinic and doctor that you choose. Below, we've outlined starting prices for PRP across a few different locations. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary depending on a number of individual factors.
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What Is PRP?
To understand PRP, we have to know what platelets are. Platelets are a type of cell which along with red and white blood cells make up our blood. Their key roles are:
Ensuring that blood clots properly
Making sure the wound healing process runs smoothly
How Does PRP Treatment Work?
PRP treatment starts with the doctor taking a small vial of your blood. The vial of blood is then put into a machine known as the centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the blood into its component parts by spinning them at a very high speed.
In this way, the platelets are separated from other components of our blood. The process is repeated to get varying concentrations of platelets, so that only platelet rich plasma is used.
Following the second centrifugation, the doctor will first anesthetize the area to be treated on your scalp. Then, they will take the highly concentrated plasma and inject it into this area.
Lastly, your scalp will be cleaned.
What Should I Expect From This Procedure?
Before you go ahead with the procedure, you will have a thorough consultation with your doctor. This will include a physical examination, a discussion of your medical history as well as your current health status. You will also talk about your hair loss timeline, and whether you have had previous treatment for it. Based on all these factors, your eligibility will be determined. And if eligible, a treatment plan will be chalked up for you.
PRP requires several cycles, so do not expect to see results immediately. It is a process, but one that has been shown to have mostly positive outcomes. Bear in mind that PRP is an add-on treatment for most cases. It does not help substantial hair growth, but this varies on your level of hair loss.
Many hair transplant surgeons offer PRP post treatment, because it is known to release growth factors and to accelerate wound healing which together are thought to protect your hair grafts and make sure they grow well. It is important to know that there is no standardized protocol for PRP as of now. So make sure to speak to your doctor about the treatment, and undergo it at your own discretion.