PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy begins with a simple blood draw, which is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red and white cells. We perform the entire procedure in our offices. After unwanted blood products are discarded, nutrients including protein, platelets and growth factors are collected from the sample and injected into your scalp where your hair is thinning.
PRP contains growth factors which stimulate existing hair follicles and increase blood flow to the treated areas. This in turn increases hair growth. PRP treatment also increases hair diameter and thus volume, which improves the feeling of density on the head. Its effect is long lasting, generally six months to three years duration. To preserve the desired outcome, two to three sessions per year are necessary as maintenance.
Male or female pattern baldness or hair loss is a common complaint. It is a genetic trait and PRP’s role in altering such a condition will be temporary. After some months when PRP therapy effects diminish, andro-genetic hair loss reverts back to the original condition. Therefore, plan to discuss maintenance sessions with your provider. PRP treatment is also used in Alopecia Areata with generally good results.
The major role of PRP treatment is strengthening existing hair and slowing the progression of hair loss. Realistic expectations are important. Your results will require treatment every three to four months to maintain for the long term. This treatment can be performed alone or this may be combined with Finestride, Minoxidil, low level laser therapy or other treatment options.