Is PRP Therapy Effective for Hair Growth?
Around 80 million adults in the US deal with hair loss, and because thinning hair and bald spots can take a toll on a person’s confidence, plenty of people seek out effective treatment options. While certain medications can help restore hair growth, the new hair will likely fall out again once an individual stops taking the drug.
Hair implants or surgical hair restoration procedures are also options, but they can be costly, and the thought of surgery can be anxiety-inducing.
Fortunately, PRP therapy has produced positive results when applied as a natural hair loss treatment.
What Is PRP, and How Does It Work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from a patient’s healthy cells through a simple blood draw. The blood then gets spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The plasma occurs naturally in the body and is used to heal wounds and regenerate cells. When injected into a target area, the cells get to work immediately by healing and restoring damaged cells and tissues.
When a PRP injection is introduced to the scalp, the plasma triggers the hair growth phase, increases the thickness of hair strands, and improves healthy blood supply to the hair follicles.
How Effective Is PRP for Hair Loss?
The use of PRP for hair loss is still relatively new, so the long-term effectiveness of the treatment has not been confirmed. The studies that have been conducted show that PRP treatment for hair loss was more effective than minoxidil. For individuals with low platelet counts, the therapy may not be as effective as it is for those with healthy platelet numbers. You’ll want to discuss this with a medical professional before the treatment.
Additionally, unlike minoxidil treatment, PRP therapies do not require patients to remain on medication long-term. PRP therapy requires approximately one session a month for the first four months, followed by yearly, twice-yearly, or quarterly touch-up sessions.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The treatment itself usually takes between 3 and 5 minutes, and collecting a sample from the patient takes 10 to 15 minutes. The longest wait time occurs as the blood and PRP are separated in the centrifuge, which can take up to 30 minutes.
There is no downtime or recovery involved, though the scalp may feel slightly tender and full for the rest of the day. Avoiding harsh chemical hair treatments (like dyes) is advised for the first 48 hours after PRP treatment.
If you’re currently dealing with hair loss and want to explore natural restoration options, PRP for hair loss might be a viable solution. Contact R2 Medical Clinic to schedule a consultation at your convenience, and our medical professionals will walk you through the process.