PRP FAQ: Can PRP Therapy Treat Hair Loss?

If you are experiencing hair loss, PRP therapy may be an effective remedy. PRP treatment for hair loss works by restoring human growth factors that are found in the blood and repairing cells within the hair follicle and scalp. Within a few PRP sessions, depending on your own circumstances, the scalps’ tissue becomes regenerated; thus, resulting in healthier hair follicles that have the ability to produce new hair. 

Is PRP Treatment Safe for Hair Loss?

Across the U.S. and Europe, researchers and medical professionals are examining the way in which PRP can help various medical conditions, as well as aesthetic-related issues, such as hair loss. Currently, PRP treatment for hair loss is in its early years; however, research outcomes and patient reviews suggest it has revolutionized hair growth. Best of all, PRP treatment for hair loss does not involve a surgical operation. 

PRP and the FDA

Even with a large number of successful research outcomes, PRP treatment for hair loss has not been approved by the FDA. However, it is suggested that it will be over the next 3-5 years. That being said, the treatment is offered by hair restoration clinics across the United States, and it is a realistic option that should be considered by men and women. 

The Procedure

If you are thinking about PRP treatment for hair loss, you may be interested in knowing more about the procedure which will be similar to the following:

Assuming you’ve arranged an appointment with a hair loss doctor, and chosen PRP treatment to help you with your hair loss, you may expect:

  • Your blood will be drawn
  • This blood will be spun in a centrifuge
  • The centrifuge will separate the plasma from your blood
  • A topical anesthesia will be administered onto the scalp
  • The PRP is injected into the area of the scalp being treated

In general, your PRP treatments will need to be given each month for 3-6 months. This ensures full stimulation of the hair follicles and progressive hair growth. 

Should You Get PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?

PRP treatment for hair loss may be an appropriate treatment for men or women who suffer from hair loss. Those who have telogen effluvium or alopecia are generally not ideal candidates; nor are certain people who have autoimmune or blood disorders, are pregnant, or have various chronic illnesses. PRP is still being researched and analyzed; thus, it cannot be said that the treatment is always, or 100%, successful. Side effects of PRP treatment might include bruising and tenderness, swelling around the site of injection, redness, itching, or infection. If you notice any symptoms that are not normal or persisting for longer than your PRP doctor described, you should consult a doctor for further advice. 

Are You Interested in Knowing More About PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?

If you would like to know more about PRP treatment for hair loss, please call Dr. Robin Unger today for an initial consultation.