Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy, is a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients who are experiencing hair loss. PRP therapy is a non-invasive option for those who want to stimulate hair growth, but who aren’t interested in undergoing hair transplant surgery. Platelet rich plasma contains 3 to 5 times as many platelets as found in normal, circulating blood. It also contains other bioactive substances, including platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), and several other potentially beneficial bioactive proteins. PRP has been used extensively to promote wound healing, and research suggests that it may also be a safe and effective option to treat hair loss.
PRP therapy is an autologous treatment (meaning the therapeutic catalyst comes from the patient’s own body) with no potential for triggering a foreign-body immunologic response. That’s why, if your type of hair loss makes you a good candidate for PRP therapy, treatment will begin with an in-office blood draw. After your blood is drawn, it’s spun in a closed, sterile centrifuge machine to separate out the PRP. After you receive a local anesthetic to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, we will inject the PRP growth catalyst into your scalp. PRP therapy can typically begin at the time of your initial consultation, with subsequent treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Six months after your first treatment, we can assess your progress to see if any further treatments are necessary.