Millions of people suffer from hair loss every year, so if you’ve been experiencing it too, you’re not alone! Hair loss can put a significant damper on your self-esteem, and it can drive you to hide your hair under a hat or other accessory. We’re here to help you feel like your best self, and it starts with PRP for hair loss.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a medical procedure used to treat hair loss in both men and women. PRP therapy has been used since the 1980s, and it’s been used for treating injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Essentially, PRP therapy uses your own blood to inject it into your scalp and trigger your natural hair growth, making your hair thicker, longer, and stronger. After drawing about 20 to 25 mL of your blood, your doctor will process the blood in a centrifuge machine, which will separate the blood into its parts: plasma, red cells, and platelets.
The processed blood is what helps your scalp grow more hair. By increasing how much blood is getting to your hair follicles, PRP for hair loss can be incredibly effective for you. If you’re looking for even more dramatic results, you can also use platelet-rich plasma therapy with other hair loss medications.
What to Expect
While PRP for hair loss involves just three easy steps, most PRP therapy requires you to come in for three treatments that are about four to six weeks apart from each other. To maintain your results, we also recommend you get treatments every four to six months after you receive the initial three PRP therapy sessions.
The first step of PRP for hair loss is drawing your blood, usually from your arm, and then putting it into the centrifuge. In the second step, the centrifuge machine spins the blood for about ten minutes and separates it into three layers: platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells. In the third and final step, the separated platelet-rich plasma is put into a syringe and then injected into the specific areas of the scalp that need the most hair growth.
Should I Get PRP?
The great thing about PRP for hair loss is that it involves injecting your blood into your scalp, so you aren’t at risk of contracting a disease from someone else’s blood. However, just like any medical or cosmetic procedure, there are other risks and side effects. Some possible side effects of PRP therapy are getting an infection, having scar tissue, having calcification at the injection points, and getting an injury to your blood vessels or nerves. You can also have an adverse reaction the anesthetic your doctor uses in the therapy session, so be sure to discuss how your body reacts to anesthetics before you get the procedure done.
If you are currently a heavy smoker, take blood thinners, or have a history of misusing alcohol or drugs, your doctor will likely not recommend you get PRP for hair loss. At the Miami Center for Dermatology, our hair loss treatment is always done by medical professionals who are trained and very experienced.