What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a process of using the patient’s own blood plasma to help aid in facial rejuvenation, healing, and even hair restoration. PRP is a safe and natural procedure that is performed in our office, with no surgery or drugs required. It has been used by plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons for more than 20 years. It has been shown to be an effective treatment option to help with patients’ recovery during rhinoplasty, face lifts and other procedures.
PRP is now being used as a potentially effective means of stimulating hair restoration and hair growth in the 56% of Americans who experience hair loss. While clinical studies have yet to prove conclusive, strong anecdotal information and data pooled from a number of small patient trials suggests that PRP has promise as a non-surgical procedure to help patients with thinning, stringy or damaged hair.
What Does PRP Do?
PRP uses the recuperative powers of the body’s own cells to aid in the recuperative and reconstructive process. Human blood contains essential clotting and tissue growth factors that can assist in tissue regeneration and healing. By separating out the platelets that contain these growth factors, and then reinjecting them back into the affected area, PRP helps stimulate new growth, with good results.
How Does PRP Work?
The PRP procedure is simple. We draw a small amount of the patient’s blood and use a special machine (centrifuge) to separate out the platelet rich plasma. The plasma is then reinjected back into the scalp or skin. The entire procedure takes only about 30 minutes and is largely pain-free.
Individual results vary with each patient and there are no guarantees of success in every case. Typically, 3-4 PRP treatments are recommended at intervals of 2-4 weeks apart. Additional PRP treatments may be required, as needed, to further the restoration process. Results are usually seen at 3-4 months.
Who Is a Candidate for PRP?
With regard to hair restoration, both men and women can benefit from PRP. Many premenopausal women with changing hormone levels experience hair loss symptoms similar to male pattern baldness. PRP may help stimulate growth of inactive hair follicles and help promote hair restoration
PRP may also be used with rhinoplasty patients to help preserve the resiliency and structural properties of any cartilage that is temporarily removed or weakened during reconstruction.
When used in facial rejuvenation, PRP may be combined with a dermal filler, or injected alone, to facilitate the restoration of volume and to improve facial wrinkles. PRP can also be used to “supercharge” the healing process after face and neck lift and PRP been show to enhance the survival of fat cells in patients that receive fat injections for facial volume restoration.
Are There Any Risks?
PRP involves no surgery or drugs. The treatment uses your own blood cells, so there is no risk of getting a blood infection from another human being or of the cells being rejected by your immune system.