For those experiencing hair loss but don’t want to spend over $5,000 to improve their hair density, PRP may be a good alternative. PRP is platelet rich plasma, the component of blood that is filled with regenerative properties. PRP has been used for years to aid in the healing of orthopedic injuries. More recently, PRP has caught on to rejuvenate the face, coined “vampire face lift” in certain media outlets. In addition, PRP is also used for male enhancement (STIM shot), or female sexual enhancement via vaginal and clitoral injections.
The underlying principle for PRP in all of its uses is the same: Injection of superconcentrated platelets which store multiple regenerative growth factors into areas where we want regeneration. Once injected, the platelets will release their chemicals to act on the surrounding tissues. For hair follicles that are unhealthy or near death, PRP can restore or improve viability. This includes eyebrows and beard.
The process is rather easy and takes less than an hour. First, blood is drawn from a vein in the arm. Then, the blood is processed to isolate the plasma portion which contains the platelets. This portion is then injected with a small needle into the scalp where hair has thinned. The area of injection can range from isolated regions of hair loss to much larger areas over the scalp.
Generally, 3 sessions spaced at 2-3 months apart yield the best results. Hair growth will begin after a couple of months and may continue to after a year.
PRP works best for men with mild to moderate hair thinning. For women, PRP can restore density.
Often, PRP can be combined with hair transplantation using NeoGraft, Rogaine, and medications.
PRP therapy is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for a number of causes including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – particularly in the early stages of balding
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis
- Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency and medication induced hair loss, but a complete work up including thyroid panel may be warranted first