What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. This is a high concentration of protein derived from blood. To derive PRP, blood sample is taken from the patient and placed in a tube. This tube is then spun in a centrifuge, where natural separation of growth factors and stem cells from red blood cells occurs.
PRP injections originated in more than a decade ago. Today, doctors use it for a variety of medical applications, including helping injured joints, muscles, tendons, and wounds to heal more quickly. They are also used to treat aging skin and hair loss.
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss:
PRP therapy for hair loss is a medical treatment in which patient’s own plasma is injected into the scalp. It is a natural treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia/ Alopecia Areate/ Male Pattern Baldness.
During this therapy, the natural stem cells are stimulated towards repair of the damaged hair follicle and growth of dormant hair follicle. Once injected into your scalp, PRP increases blood flow to the hair follicles, stimulates the growth of new follicles, and lengthens the anagen (active) phase of the hair cycle to promote new hair growth.
The results from PRP treatment are subtle and appear over 3-6 months. This is an affordable treatment for hair restoration in comparison to Hair Transplants.
PRP is autologous, which means it contains substances that come directly from your own body. This reduces the risks for an allergic reaction that can occur from injecting other medications, such as cortisone or hyaluronic acid. PRP injections are nonsurgical and present no significant safety risks. The most common side effects are mild pain, redness, and pinpoint bleeding during the injections. Patients may also have some discomfort or minor swelling for a few days. Any therapy that involves injections always carries a risk of side effects such as injury to blood vessels or calcification at injection points. During initial consultation, providers will analyze medical history to determine any patient specific contraindications. Many insurance plans consider PRP for hair loss treatment to be cosmetic and don’t cover any of the costs of the treatment. Check with your insurance provider to see if PRP therapy is covered for you.