PRP for Hair Loss

PRP uses the patient’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to treat hair loss since the plasma is extracted from the blood of the patient and it contains platelets and growth factors. It is still considered an experimental treatment. The doctor draws blood from the arm of the patient. The blood is placed in a centrifuge machine to rapidly spin the blood to split the cellular elements. Once the red and white blood cells and the plasma are separated, the surgeon uses a special microneedle to inject the PRP directly into the scalp at the hair follicle level. Many doctors feel PRP for hair loss can be combined with a hair transplant to accelerate grafted hair regrowth.

Ideal candidates for PRP for hair loss includes patients in the early stage of hair loss thanks to androgenic alopecia as well as patients with natural hair loss. The patient should have somewhat active hair follicles and be open to a non-surgical hair restoration solution.

Since PRP for hair loss is still considered to be an experimental treatment, the cost can vary per doctor. The cost also depends on any fees charged by the facility as well as the geographic location of the country where it is performed. In general, the cost is anywhere from $800-$2000 per treatment. The price also varies by the number of treatments that the patient will undergo and it is combined with a hair transplant.

The recovery time for PRP for hair restoration is very minimal and only involves some mild discomfort and inflammation. Patients see some shedding of the hair after the first few months and then hair growth will resume 4 or 5 months after the treatment. The results of the hair growth will be permanent and should last a lifetime. Patients are also encouraged to use a topical treatment such as Rogaine to continue the hair regrowth and maintain the results.

PRP for Hair Restoration

PRP for Hair Restoration

submitted on   Fri Sep, 18, 2015 by Carlos Puig, DO     
PRP for hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure which uses the patient’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to treat hair loss. The plasma is extracted from the patient’s blood and contains platelets and growth factors. After an injury or inflammatory condition, the growth factors assist with...