Does PRP for Hair Loss Really Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, injections are emerging as a popular treatment to promote new hair growth and increase hair thickness. Men and women who are experiencing hair loss and thinning hair are choosing PRP as a solution. Does PRP for hair really work? Let’s find out.
How It Works
PRP injections use growth factors from platelets in your own blood to stimulate hair follicle activity and promote new hair growth. A small vial of blood is taken from your arm and processed. This increases the concentration of platelets in a fraction of the plasma. Then, this platelet rich plasma is injected into the scalp in the areas where the hair is thinning. While it is not FDA approved yet, “PRP appears to be a safe technology with excellent potential for promoting hair restoration”, according to the National Institute of Health.
These injections are often used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments such as hair growth supplements, topical OTC treatments like Rogaine and prescription medications such as Propecia.
Pre and Post Treatment Care
Before your procedure, avoid aspirin, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, or any prescription anti-inflammatory medication for at least one week. These medications may lessen your results. Cigarette smoking will also diminish your results. After your treatment, you should not apply keratin hair fibers to your scalp, or color/cut your hair for three days.
Duration of Treatment
The number of treatments you will require will depend on factors individual to you. Initially, a series of treatments is recommended at monthly intervals for three months. Followed by maintenance injections every six to twelve months. Patients usually notice results within two to three months. You can view a few results below, and check out the rest of our before and after photos here.
“I have been offering PRP hair rejuvenating treatments at my office since 2013! We use a special processing procedure which allows us to highly concentrate each patient’s PRP, resulting in a very high rate of success. I think our before and after photos tell the story!” – Dr. Nicole Hayre
PRP injections are done in office. There is very little downtime associated with the procedure. Patients may experience bruising, soreness, headache, or temporary swelling in the scalp and forehead.
Contraindications to PRP for Hair
PRP is not recommended for use in advanced hair loss or hair loss associated with scarring. It is also not recommended for any of the following people:
- taking immunosuppressive medications such as corticosteroids
- taking biologic medications
- have a platelet or blood disorder
PRP for Hair in Mclean Virginia
If you are struggling with hair loss or thinning hair, don’t wait. PRP injections may be able to help you. Contact Cosmetic Dermatology Center today to schedule a consultation.