What You Need to Know About PRP for Hair Loss
You have probably already heard about platelet rich plasma (PRP) facials, but did you know there is a similar PRP treatment to help with hair loss? But how does it work and what kind of results can you expect? We’re diving into those answers in this article.
How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work?
Our own blood contains two main components: red blood cells and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors that stimulate skin cells to function or in this case, stimulate hair follicles to promote new hair growth. A number of scientifically based articles have shown that PRP therapy for hair loss has proven to increase hair count, hair thickness and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
What is the Process for a PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?
Don’t worry, this treatment uses your own blood! At the start of the treatment, you’ll have a standard blood draw by the practitioner. Your tube of blood is then put into a centrifuge, a machine that spins the blood to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then directly injected into your scalp at the level of the hair follicles to stimulate new hair growth. The process of the injections can be a bit meticulous as the plasma is injected approximately every half inch of the treated area. However, the entire process generally takes about a half hour to complete.
What Are the Side Effects of a PRP Treatment?
While it might sound scary because the treatment involves needles and blood, there is minimal risk from this procedure. The injections can be done without any numbing and there is minimal discomfort. Some bruising may occur but this generally resolves within a week or two. You will also need to forego a day or two of your typical hair maintenance (coloring, processing, blow-drying, etc.) so that you don’t irritate your scalp. Also, be sure to choose a practice that follows safety and health guidelines; this does involve needles and you don’t want to go to a place that reuses needles or doesn’t clean their treatment rooms! Yikes!
What Results Can I Expect from PRP for Hair Loss?
To see results, consistency is key! Treatments are typically done once a month for the first three to four months and then can be leveled off to every three to six months, depending on each person’s individual response to the treatment.
You’ll first see a reduction in hair shedding followed by early regrowth and increased hair length. Continuing the treatments on a long-term basis will help continue to stimulate the growth factors and stop the hair from falling out.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Loss Treatments?
Anyone who is experiencing hair loss is a good candidate for PRP therapy. However, those who respond best are people experiencing early hair loss. PRP is also a great treatment for those with androgenic alopecia, a type of genetically determined hair thinning. PRP for hair loss also works best when used in conjunction with other therapy forms, such as oral and topical treatments.
The Bottom Line
PRP therapy for hair loss isn’t a quick fix but it has been called the “miracle grow” treatment for hair. With patience and consistency, you can begin to see some real results!