Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment is where concentrated patient’s own platelets are retrieved and through injection implanted into the scalp to accelerate hair growth or reverse hair loss. Plasma is found in your blood and contains a form of protein that supports cell growth and faster healing i.e. follicles from which your hair grows. However, your own blood needs to have rich enough concentrations of platelets for the treatment to produce compelling results. You can get the blood tested for platelets as well as speak to a consultant about the health of your hair to check if the PRP hair treatment is right for you.
Treatments are normally four to six weeks apart. To start seeing the result you may need to have had multiple sessions. Treatment sessions are to be 45 minutes long with most of the sessions being taken up with injection preparation i.e. taking a blood sample and extracting platelet-rich plasma. The quality of platelets can impact how well your plasma affects hair loss.
If successful treatment can be completed anywhere from three to six months. In some cases, maintenance may be required. The results are most effective for those in the earlier stages of hair loss.
In some cases, clients can experience hair shedding after their PRP hair treatment. This is usually normal as it means the procedure is working. Hair shedding can be caused by the attack on weaker hair follicles. Once the hair falls out the new hair will start growing. In other cases, it is caused by the growth of the thicker hair which is pushing the weaker hair out.
Once you have completed the recommended block of PRP sessions, you can enjoy your hair growth for 18 to 24 months. After this, you may need to do a top-up session once a year.
A healthy lifestyle rich in vitamin D and iron is also beneficial as these vitamins aid healthy hair.
The research to support the effectiveness of the PRP treatment is not extensive. However, there have been a number of studies done that produced positive outcomes.
Whilst there are common practices and recommendations, the stage of your hair loss, condition of the hair follicles, and general health of your hair will determine the length of treatment as well as the follow-up frequency. All of these factors are dependent on your individual circumstances and we recommend you book a consultation to find out more so you can make an informed decision on whether the PRP hair treatment is for you. To book a consultation in one of our hair clinics please click here.
Take a look at Mark’s hair journey with Regrow Hair Centre and what he had to say about PRP hair loss treatment.