What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Your blood is made of four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. PRP is created when most of the red blood cells and some white blood cells are removed from the plasma and platelets. This results in 5-8 times the numbers of platelets in the plasma.
Why are platelets important?
Platelets are the first cells involved in wound healing, carrying several growth factors that stimulate healing and tissue regrowth. This leads to increased blood flow and tissue regeneration in the area PRP is injected, which could include areas of hair loss.
How is PRP used in hair restoration?
PRP can be used either alone or in conjunction with low light laser therapy for hair restoration and hair transplantation. When used alone, PRP injections can stimulate existing hair to grow thicker and quicker. When used in conjunction with hair transplant, PRP injections can increase the graft survival rate and encourage earlier growth. Our hair restoration surgeons will help you decide the best way to use PRP to treat your hair loss.
What is the procedure like?
The PRP procedure takes about 1 hour from beginning to end. The process begins by drawing 30-60cc of blood from the patient. The blood is then put in a double spin centrifuge to create the PRP. The PRP is then injected in to the desired treatment area. There can be a small amount of pain with the injection, so our surgeons may use numbing medication to decrease pain.
How long until I see results?
PRP works by stimulating increased blood flow and tissue regeneration. At first, there may be swelling (aka inflammation) and minor pain at the injection site. Once this occurs, the hair follicles begin to grow stronger and quicker. The process will take about 6 weeks to occur. Since hair grows slowly, it can take 3-4 months to start seeing results. Many patients choose to have a second PRP procedure at this time to further improve upon their results.