Hair loss can have a profound impact on your self-confidence. Men and women alike struggle with varying degrees of alopecia, but Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a non-surgical way to reduce and reverse hair loss. PRP is a three-step process that uses the platelet-rich plasma found in your blood to promote natural hair growth in the scalp. PRP therapy has been used for decades for its healing abilities on muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, and its cosmetic uses offer high satisfaction for patients with alopecia.
It’s theorized that PRP has cell-renewal properties that stimulate the scalp to encourage hair growth. PRP therapy increases the blood supply to hair follicles and may also increase hair thickness. Most patients require 4-6 treatments that are spaced several weeks apart. Once you reach your desired results, maintenance treatments can be done every few months.
A 2014 study on PRP for hair loss found a “significant reduction in hair loss was observed between the first and fourth injection.” PRP for hair loss is a cost-effective, simple, and non-surgical treatment that can provide a substantial improvement in hair growth and thickness. There’s little to no downtime involved, though some patients wait a day to return to work. Using your own blood reduces certain risks, but infection, blood vessel or nerve injury, and adverse reaction to local anesthetic can occur.
If you are a heavy smoker, take blood thinners, or have a medical condition such as cancer, liver disease, diabetes, chronic infections, or low platelet count, PRP therapy may not be right for you.