PRP for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss is a non-surgical method of hair restoration performed at Schweiger Dermatology Group’s New York City dermatology office locations. In PRP therapy, growth factors and other beneficial cells found in the patient’s own blood are reintroduced back into the scalp via injection to promote hair regrowth where hair has been lost or is thinning.
PRP is an autologous treatment, meaning that the blood cells used to stimulate hair regrowth are the patients’ own and are not taken from a foreign substance. The preparation of the platelets is performed using a special centrifuge system that collects the growth factors and active proteins. PRP therapy is a proven therapy to help with healing and has widely been used for wound repair and tissue healing for many years. There are many benefits to PRP therapy for hair loss, including:
- No downtime: There is no need to take time off from your regular activities after receiving PRP for hair loss.
- Proven safety: PRP therapy uses your body’s own natural growth factors, as opposed to chemicals.
- No surgery: PRP for hair loss is a non-surgical alternative for hair restoration.
- Effectiveness: Studies have shown that PRP injections in the scalp result in significant stimulation in hair cross-section .
PRP Hair Restoration
How does PRP for hair restoration work? When the blood is drawn from the patient’s arm, it’s then put through a centrifuge system to weed out the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), which is often referred to as “liquid gold.” PRP is very highly concentrated blood plasma that contains a very high amount of growth factors derived from the platelets as well as bioactive proteins that all work together to help stimulate hair growth. The PRP is then put into a syringe and injected into the areas of balding or hair loss. When injected into the site of hair loss, PRP then stimulates the hair follicles and signals regrowth. PRP can also reverse the hair thinning that is seen with baldness.
PRP Hair Treatment Results
PRP works well in conjunction with other modalities of hair restoration, including hair transplantation and red light therapy. Typically more than one PRP treatment is needed for best results. After the first PRP treatment for hair loss is administered, the patient will come back for their second treatment six weeks later. After the first two treatments, PRP for hair loss treatments are performed around every three months, depending on the individual patient’s needs.
Each patient undergoing PRP treatments for hair restoration are assessed to determine the treatment schedule. The results from PRP are best seen on patients who have hair thinning, but not completely bald spots on their head. Results from PRP hair treatment are typically seen within six months of the first treatment. The results are totally natural looking. In fact, no one will know that you have undergone PRP hair treatment.
PRP Hair Treatment Side Effects
What are the side effects of PRP therapy for hair loss? The good news is that there are no reported serious side effects to PRP hair treatment. PRP has been utilized since the 1980s for wound repair and there have been no widely reported side effects. Since PRP uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate hair regrowth, the possibility of any side effects or reactions to it is extremely low. PRP hair treatment is a terrific option for patients looking for a natural and non-surgical solution to hair loss. PRP for hair loss is very safe and an exciting new therapy for patients looking to regrow hair.