At a Glance
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, often referred to as PRP, is an attractive non-surgical treatment for those who have hair loss and are wanting to regrow their hair.
PRP therapy involves using your own blood, which is drawn, treated and then injected into the scalp. This then triggers natural hair growth.
If necessary, this method can be combined with other hair loss treatments.
Blood consists of several elements – the liquid, otherwise known as plasma, and solid components, which include red and white blood cells and platelets. PRP has much more platelets than what usually appears in blood.
PRP contains essential proteins which are vital for stimulating hair growth. PRP also works to rejuvenate follicles and extend the growth cycle of the hair.
For the best results, you will generally require numerous treatments several weeks apart.
PRP is a suitable procedure for both men and women who are over 18 years old.
You will be considered a good candidate for PRP therapy if you are experiencing hair loss.
Those who have early hair loss will achieve better results. PRP is suitable for those who have hair thinning along the top of the head. For women, it may appear as if you have a widening part.
You will need to have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
You may not be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are currently taking blood thinning medication, are a heavy smoker, or are a heavy user of drugs or alcohol.
Those with certain medical conditions may also not be suitable candidates. Those who have a low platelet count may not be suitable.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) includes more platelets than what is found in the blood. PRP therapy involves taking a 15mL blood sample.
The plasma and platelets are then separated in a process called centrifugation. The blood is separated into three separate layers – platelet poor plasma, platelet rich plasma, and red blood cells.
The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the scalp at the hair follicle level. Injections will generally take place at about every half an inch over the area of the scalp where the hair is thinning.
PRP therapy is a non-surgical procedure, so there is very little recovery time. You will be able to leave the clinic the same day as your procedure. You may experience some redness or swelling, which will fade after two days.
After your initial PRP therapy, it is recommended you undertake three sessions at four-week intervals. You may also wish to repeat treatment every two to three years.
You may be able to notice results after 90 days, and hair growth will continue to improve over the next six months.
A number of factors will influence the level of results, including your hair condition, health, age, diet and whether or not you smoke.
What does the platelet rich plasma therapy involve?You will have a volume of blood taken – the amount will vary depending on how many areas you would like to have treated. Once this is done, your blood will be placed in a centrifuge. After the cells have been separated, the rich platelets will be extracted and injected into the scalp to help trigger hair growth.
How soon can I see the results?You will be required to have multiple treatments – this can be up to three treatments at four to six-week intervals.
You will be able to see results after 90 days, and hair will continue to grow for the first six months.
Is platelet rich plasma therapy permanent?After you have completed all three therapy sessions, you should expect results to last for up to two years. You may wish to have repeat sessions every two to three years.
Can I have platelet rich plasma therapy?Suitable candidates for PRP therapy are those who are experiencing hair loss. PRP therapy is particularly effective for those who have early hair loss.
Those who are on blood thinning medication, are smokers, or are heavy users of drugs or alcohol will not be suitable candidates. Those with certain medical conditions may not be suitable candidates.
How many treatments will I need?This will vary depending on factors including your hair condition, how well you respond to the initial session and your end goal.
It is recommended you have three sessions at four weeks intervals.
You can choose to repeat treatments after two to three years.
Are there any risks?Risks from PRP therapy are rare, however, risks from procedures involving injections include infection, scar tissue, injury to nerves or blood vessels or calcification at the injection points.