Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss is a three-step treatment where an individual’s blood is drawn, processed, and injected into their scalp.

Professionals in the medical community think that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it. The increased blood supply to the hair follicle increases the thickness of hair shafts. Sometimes this approach is used in conjunction with other hair loss procedures or medications for further effectiveness.

While there is not enough research to prove that PRP is an effective hair loss treatment definitively, it has been in use since the 1980s. They have been used for problems such as healing injured ligaments, tendons and muscles, and recently skin rejuvenation.

The Process
PRP therapy is a three-step process that typically requires three treatments four weeks apart. Results are typically seen three to six months after completing a series of treatments.

Step 1
Your blood is typically drawn from your arm and put into a centrifuge, which is a machine that spins quickly to separate fluids of varying densities.

Step 2
After roughly 4 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into three layers:
Red blood cells
Platelet-rich plasma
Platelet-poor plasma

Step 3
The platelet-rich plasma is pulled up into an injection gun called U225 and injected into areas of the scalp that need enhanced hair growth.

According to a recent study, PRP has a satisfactory theoretical scientific basis to support its use in hair restoration, but it is still in its infancy.

Hair Loss Causes

Some reasons why you might be experiencing hair loss could include:

  • Ageing
  • Autoimmune diseases and other illnesses
  • Burns or other scarring injuries
  • Drugs
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Poor diet
  • Skin infections
  • Stress

Side Effects

Because PRP therapy requires injecting your blood into your scalp, you are not at risk for getting a contagious disease. Still, any treatment that requires injections always carries some risk of side effects such as:

  • Infection
  • Scar tissue
  • Calcification at the injection points

If you do decide to pursue PRP therapy for hair loss, let the practitioner know in advance about your tolerance to sedatives.

Risks

Be sure to report all medications you are on before the procedure, including supplements. When you go for your first consultation, your provider might recommend against PRP for hair loss if you:

  • Are a heavy smoker
  • Are on blood thinners
  • Have a history of alcohol or drug abuse

You could also not qualify for treatment if you have been diagnosed with:

  • Acute or chronic infections
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic skin disease
  • Hypofibrinogenemia
  • Hemodynamic instability
  • Platelet dysfunction syndromes
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Sepsis
  • Systemic disorder
  • Thyroid disease
  • Low platelet count

PRP is a proactive option for both men and women who are suffering from hair loss. Book a consultation with First Ave Medical Spa to see if you are a candidate for this treatment. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will ensure design a custom treatment plan to have you look and feel your best.