PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
PRP therapy (or platelet-rich plasma therapy) may restore hair growth on the scalp. But it’s an entirely different process from taking a pill (like finasteride) or undergoing a hair transplant.
In this guide, we’ll explore the details you need to know before you try PRP for hair loss.
PRP therapy involves taking a sample of your blood, then separating it from the platelet-rich plasma. Plasma is the liquid component of your blood, consisting primarily of protein and water. This enables white and red blood cells, and platelets, to circulate throughout your bloodstream. Platelets are essential for healing, and cause blood to clot.
This plasma is injected back into your body, in this case the scalp. It’s believed that a plateP therapy can promote natural hair growth by boosting the supply of blood (and its nutrients) to hair follicles on the scalp and increasing the density of the hair itself. This may be used in combination with various medications and treatments to achieve better results.
At present, though, there’s a lack of research to determine if PRP is an effective solution for hair loss. But PRP therapy remains a popular treatment for various medical issues and injuries, such as strained muscles.
PRP therapy involves three stages:
1. Drawing Your Blood
A specialist will draw blood from your arm (or another easily accessible area of your body) and insert it into a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine that spins the sample at incredibly high speeds to separate the plasma from the blood.
2. Separating Your Blood
Three layers will remain after separation: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. This process usually takes around 10 minutes.
3. Injecting PRP into Your Body
A specialist will draw the platelet-rich plasma into a syringe. They’ll inject this into one or more areas of the scalp affected by hair loss (e.g. the male hairline or crown). This should trigger new growth that covers balding spots over several months.
In most cases, patients need three PRP for hair loss treatments with four to six weeks between them. One study found that PRP therapy increased patients’ hair counts from 71 hair follicular units to 93 on average. However, further studies are required to gather more conclusive evidence to support the use of PRP for hair restoration.
PRP therapy carries no risk of acquiring a communicable disease as only your own blood is injected into your scalp. However, any process that requires an injection may lead to a number of potential side effects. These include:
- Damage to blood vessels
- Injured nerves
- Scar tissue formation
- Calcification at injection sites
It’s also crucial that you let your PRP therapist know if you have reacted badly to anaesthetic in the past.
To minimise risks and stay safe during PRP therapy, let the provider know if you’re on medication or supplements. You may be advised to avoid PRP treatment if you:
- Smoke heavily
- Have issues with drugs or alcohol
- Take medication to thin your blood
You may also be refused PRP treatment if you have:
- Chronic liver disease
- Hemodynamic instability
- Systemic disorder
- Low platelet count
- Thyroid disease
- Metabolic disorder
- Platelet dysfunction syndromes
- Chronic skin disease
- Infections (chronic or acute)
Make your provider aware of any such issues before your treatment.
PRP therapy prices vary in the UK. You may pay between £250 and £450 for each session, though some clinics offer special deals if you book a course of multiple sessions.
Factors that determine cost typically include:
- The location
- The equipment used (e.g. cutting-edge technology)
- Extra components (e.g. biotin)
Make sure you understand the full price of your treatment before you book.
PRP for hair restoration is still in its infancy, but there are other effective treatments available — including hair transplantation.
The latest Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, FUE2, is a safe solution to restore hair growth in one or more areas of your scalp. HairPalace offers highly competitive prices and a written guarantee on your treatment.
PRP treatment can help stop hair loss and lead to healthy new hair development. It involves taking a sample of your blood, separating its concentrated plasma and nutrients from the rest of it, and injecting this into specific areas of your scalp.
You may not see any results of your PRP treatment for between 6 and 12 months, but the majority of patients start to notice a change within a few months. Clinics usually capture pictures of your scalp before a treatment to track your growth.
PRP costs often range from around £350 – £450 per session, though you may also be able to pay for multiple sessions in a single package. Treatments usually encompass 3 sessions within 4 and 6 weeks, though you may need more at 4 to 6 months intervals.
Most patients experience no pain during PRP treatment. They may feel some pressure, tightness, and some discomfort, with no need for anaesthetic. The process is usually complete after around 30 minutes.