Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for hair loss increase blood supply to the follicle and increase the thickness of the hair shafts, resulting in fuller hair and slowed hair loss.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
Most PRP therapy requires four treatments spaced 4–6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 4–6 months.
Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
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PRP treatments take about 30 minutes to an hour and there is no recovery process needed. Patients are able to resume normal activity straight from leaving the office.
Hair loss happens naturally with age in many people. When it starts is something that changes from person to person, but the risk does increase as you get older.
For some, the balding and receding hairline can start as early as puberty. By age 50, 50% of men are affected by hair loss and balding. By Age 70, 40% of women are affected.
Male-pattern baldness begins at the crown, and may recede into partial or complete baldness.
Women’s hair typically thins evenly across the scalp.