PRP is platelet-rich plasma, a product that is present in the blood. Platelet-rich plasma is a nutrient-dense fluid that stimulates cellular regeneration within microenvironments like the hair follicles, joints, and also the skin. Platelets are robust cells that contain numerous growth factors, each of which is involved in certain cellular processes.
Platelet-rich plasma has a long history of medicinal use related to tissue healing and regeneration. It is no surprise that this therapy has made its way into the field of hair restoration.
The primary purpose of PRP treatment for hair loss is to stimulate activity in the hair follicles. This may prompt an active phase of hair growth in follicles that have become inactive. PRP injections into the scalp may also support the active phase of newly implanted hair follicles. This occurs through the action of various growth factors.
Behind the scenes, PRP facilitates very sophisticated responses. On the surface, PRP can provide the results you’ve been seeking.
There are two ways in which PRP may be introduced into the hair follicles of the scalp.
One technique is to perform microneedling, which creates micro wounds to superficial tissue. PRP or exosomes are then applied topically where it can penetrate the scalp through the induced injuries. Within a few minutes, the microchannels begin to heal, but not before stimulating nutrients can be absorbed.
An additional and popular technique for PRP hair restoration is to inject platelet-rich plasma or exosomes into the scalp in the area where hair is thinning. Treatment is conducted with a topical anesthetic which numbs the superficial tissue on the head. Injections are then administered to the appropriate area of the scalp.
The introduction of platelet-rich plasma or exosomes into the area of inactive hair follicles stimulates a regenerative process intended to activate dormant growth cycles. Most patients need a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.
Injection treatment begins with applying a topical numbing medication to the treatment area and a brief blood draw and
spinning the blood in the centrifuge which only takes a few
minutes total. The injection aspect of treatment is meticulous – injections are positioned every half-inch across the area of thinning. As precise as this step is, it usually takes less than thirty minutes from start to finish.
Consistency is crucial to obtain satisfactory results from PRP hair restoration. Treatments are typically scheduled monthly for a few months. Patients can expect to begin noticing improvement within two to three months. After the initial series of treatments, injections are repeated every three to six months depending on individual response and results.
The initial effect that patients may notice after treatment is that they shed fewer hairs. Over time, they can expect to see an increase in thickness and length.
Platelet-rich plasma is a promising hair restoration product for several reasons. First, PRP is completely organic; it is harvested from the blood. Treatment is safe and convenient, and it works. PRP can be prescribed as the sole form of treatment or it may coincide with traditional therapies ranging from medications such as Minoxidil to hair restoration surgery.
PRP treatment for hair loss may be appropriate for patients with androgenic alopecia at the crown and hairline. Women with alopecia and men and women with diffuse thinning may also achieve desirable results from appropriate PRP techniques.
The risk of complications from PRP and exosome hair treatment is very low. Common side effects include minor discomfort at injection sites, , bruising, itching, swelling, and dry scalp.
Hair loss has long been perceived as a normal part of aging. It doesn’t have to be. . Natural hair restoration treatments with PRP and exosomes has demonstrated promising results for people who want to improve the volume and density of their hair. Learn more about natural hair restoration treatment and what it can do for you. Contact us to schedule your consultation.