Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an effective and proven treatment for hair loss. Blood is taken from a patient’s arm into a tube that contains a separation gel. The blood is placed in a centrifugal machine to separate the red blood cells from the plasma that contains the platelets.
The PRP containing a high concentration of platelets is then injected into areas of the scalp that show hair thinning. This stimulates hair growth by encouraging the rejuvenation of follicles and also extending the growth cycle of the hair.
Clinical data provides evidence that PRP also promotes healing by the release of cytokines and growth factors from the platelets into the areas being treated.
A specialist will examine your hair and scalp and recommend a treatment regime. PRP hair therapy is usually performed in 3 sessions at 4 week intervals. An ongoing maintenance programme of 2 to 3 times a year is recommended.
PRP comes from your own blood so adverse reactions are rare, you may experience slight redness and swelling but those reactions usually pass in a day or two.
Downtime or a recovery period after a PRP procedure isn’t required, patients can continue their normal life after undergoing the treatment.
Improvement in hair growth could be measurable within a 90 day period, with hair growth continuing to improve over 6 months. Results will vary depending on factors such as general health, age, diet, smoking and hair condition.
PRP can be combined with other hair loss treatments such as minoxidil, laser therapy, vitamin infusion therapy and hair transplant.