How Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss Works
Author: Burton Ransford
Edited By: Embassy Studio & Medspa
The key to hair loss may actually be contained in your blood. That’s the theory that led to the development of platelet-rich plasma therapy, in which doctors inject your own blood platelets into your scalp to stimulate hair growth. There are some scientific studies and individual patient results that indicate this could be a promising treatment for hair loss.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Blood platelets are known for increased wound healing and tissue repair throughout the body. During Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy therapy, a doctor uses a high concentration of blood platelets injected into the scalp to stimulate the area. Doctors believe that platelets can stimulate and revive dormant hair follicles, which would minimize hair loss and encourage growth. Some doctors may combine the platelets used in PRP therapy with a special protein matrix to increase the chance that the treatment will be successful.
What Happens During a PRP Treatment?
To undergo PRP therapy, a doctor removes some of your blood and then concentrates just the plasma and red blood cells into a liquid. The platelet concentration is at least three to five times greater than the concentration normally found in your blood. Some doctors use a concentration that is eight to 10 times greater than your natural platelet count.
The doctor then numbs your scalp and injects this blood-derived liquid in the areas where you’re experiencing hair loss. The entire procedure should take approximately 60 minutes.
After the treatment, you can expect some pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites, some mild swelling and a possible headache. Recovery should be quick. You should also expect to undergo at least three monthly treatments before seeing any noticeable hair growth.
Who Should Consider PRP?
If you’re experiencing androgenic alopecia or other hair loss caused by a genetic condition, there is some evidence that PRP could work for you. In one study, 11 men who did not react positively to Rogaine and Propecia experienced hair loss improvement after four treatments of PRP therapy. If you have a thyroid disorder, experience malnutrition or have a skin condition that causes hair loss, you may not be a good candidate for treatment.
Even if you have a positive reaction to PRP therapy, you may not grow all of your hair back. If you already have completely bald areas on your scalp, you should expect a noticeable improvement but not a complete cure. Some doctors also recommend using PRP in addition to hair transplants to aggressively treat hair loss. The combination of these two treatments could produce a significant improvement.
If you’re considering PRP, look for a reputable hair replacement studio and schedule a consultation. PRP is a medical procedure, so it’s also important that this treatment is administered in a sterile environment to avoid the risk of infection. Temperature control and the correct concentration of blood platelets is also essential for a successful treatment.
When undergoing treatment, you should also take progress images to decide if the treatment is working. Don’t be afraid to discuss your PRP results before every visit.
PRP is great for a lot of people that have hair loss, but we invite you to meet with our hair loss specialist to determine if PRP is the right solution for you. At Embassy Studio, we offer PRP hair loss therapy as well as all other proven surgical and non-surgical hair restoration procedures available today.