Is PRP Effective for Treating Hair Loss?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) uses the plasma component of your own blood to “promote healing” when injected into specifics sites on the body, and is a viable alternative treatment for hair loss if over-the-counter options haven’t worked for you.
PRP is a painless procedure that delivers long-lasting results.
How Does PRP Help with Hair Growth?
Dr. Epstein has been using PRP therapy to stop hair loss, strengthen existing hair and promote hair growth on more than 3,000 patients, both male and female, for over 10 years.
Here are before and after pictures from two of his patients who have undergone PRP therapy:
PRP can be used as a stand-alone treatment for hair loss, and it can also be combined with hair transplant surgery.
PRP as a stand-alone treatment is a good option for patients who are not candidates for traditional hair transplant surgery. As a stand-alone treatment, PRP delivers growth factors to the hair follicles and reduces inflammation of the scalp, resulting in stronger hair growth at a faster rate.
When combined with hair transplant surgery, PRP promotes healing and restores thinning hair by stimulating inactive and newly implanted hair follicles and triggering an active growth phase. Since PRP is created from your own blood, this therapy is considered safe and painless.
What is the PRP Procedure Like?
A single PRP session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. During the treatment:
- A small blood sample is taken
- The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma
- Plasma is injected into the treatment site
PRP is usually performed in a series of three treatments with four to six weeks between sessions. You may need to return for maintenance treatments every four to six months.
When evaluating doctors you might work with for a PRP treatment be sure to ask what application system they use and how it works. Dr. Epstein uses the Emcyte® system which is the most technologically advanced PRP application system on the market. It offers platelet concentrations of at least 1 million per microliter to provide the optimum amount of growth factors for your hair loss treatment.
It is also a closed system which means your blood remains sterile and has none of the chemicals that are in blood drawing tubes that are used by most other systems.
Are You a Good Candidate for PRP?
PRP works best in people who still have some functioning hair follicles in the area to be treated. If you’re on medication or have any blood disorders, you may not qualify for PRP.
Recovery time is short, and you should be able to resume regular activities following the procedure with no serious side effects.
If you’re considering PRP, schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein to see if you are a candidate for the procedure.