What is PRP ( Platelet Rich Plasma ) for Hair Growth?
- Increases blood supply to the follicle
- Increases shaft size (thickness)
- Triggers and maintains the growth phase
- Controls hair growth cycle
- Decreases hair loss
How Does PRP for Hair Growth Work?
Platelets contain healing growth factors. These factors give instruction to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. We have used PRP in wound healing, injured joints and spines and in surgery for some time now. With PRP for hair, the growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the shrinking of the hair follicle and push the dormant hair back into the growth phase.
Preparation (the day of the appointment)
Wash your hair the morning of your appointment, and do not use any product in your hair. Bring a clean hat with you to the appointment to wear after the procedure to protect the area.
What to Expect with PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?
This in-office treatment can be done in about an hour. Treatment involves a quick blood draw from your arm, and the process of separating the plasma from the red blood cells in a machine called a centrifuge. Once separated, the plasma (PRP) is injected strategically into the scalp where needed (or desired). According to most of my patients, the pain is minimal. I do use ice to the scalp prior to injecting.
How Many Treatments?
Researchers also prove that consistency and follow-up sessions are essential for maintaining good results. Usually, this translates into 4 treatments at one month intervals, then one more treatment 4 months after the last. Follow up session is typically 12 months after the last treatment.
It takes 8 to 12 weeks for the results to manifest, however results are typically seen after each session. Below is a photo of one my patients, and the results were seen quickly.
After PRP Treatment
Avoid washing your hair for 48 hours. The treatment area may be sore for a few days. Acetaminophen may be used if needed. Hair coloring can resume one week after the treatment.