Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), the use of a person’s own blood platelets, has been used in many areas of medicine including orthopedics, ophthalmology and cardiology to improve wound healing and tissue repair. PRP can be used to enhance hair growth as a stand-alone treatment or to improve the recovery and results of hair transplant surgery. PRP has been studied in pattern baldness and alopecia areata. Although there has been no randomized controlled long term study on the efficacy of PRP in alopecia, there are many studies with positive results.
During the procedure, a small sample of your blood is taken. This sample is processed in an FDA-cleared device to separate the platelets from other components of the blood. Under local anesthesia, activated platelets containing a powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins are injected into the area of scalp where weak hair follicles exist. Microneedling of the skin is also performed prior to PRP injection for enhanced effect One to three treatments many be required over the course of a year. Treatment may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition and goals. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP, schedule an appointment for a consultation.