PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)

Main uses in hair loss: male pattern balding, female pattern hair loss, and sometimes alopecia areata and scarring alopecias

 

What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma,  abbreviated as PRP, is increasingly being used in medical treatments around the world. PRP has been used by physicians since the 1990′s in various areas of medicine. PRP is increasingly being accepted as a bona-fide hair loss treatment.

 PRP treatments involve preparing a small amount of the patient’s own blood into a powerful serum to help initiate hair growth.   It is a non-surgical approach that takes advantage of the  growth promoting components of blood. PRP is rich in numerous growth factors that stimulate hair follicles. 

 

How is a PRP session conducted?

 A single PRP session takes approximately 45-60 minutes. The following steps outline the process:

1. A patient’s blood is taken from the arm similar to getting a blood test

2. The patient’s blood is processed into the platelet fraction and the nutrients in the platelets.

3. The patient’s scalp is "numbed up" with local freezing medications.

4. The platelet rich components (PRP) are injected back into the scalp

 

What proportion of patient's benefit from PRP?

  • A recent survey of PRP experts confirmed that approximately 50% of patients will experience some degree of improvement. 

When are improvements seen?

  • Improvements are seen about 3-6 months after the PRP injection session.

Who is not a candidate for PRP therapy ?

The following individuals are not candidates:

  • Patients with current infections
  • Skin diseases such as lupus or porphyria
  • Patients with current cancer
  • Current chemotherapy treatments
  • Severe metabolic or systemic disorders
  • Liver disease
  • Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders)
  • Those using anticoagulation therapy
  • Current use of corticosteroids
  • Steroid injections in the scalp in the last mont


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