PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Hair Loss

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to Fight Hair Loss

Treatment with PRP consists of multiple superficial injections in the scalp of micro-droplets of serum. This serum contains a suspension of platelets where the red and white blood cells have been eliminated. Once injected under the skin, the platelets release powerful growth factors that act at the level of the hair follicles to stimulate growth and slow aging. Hair quality including texture, thickness, and pigment, are all greatly enhanced and the density is improved, especially if baldness is at an initial stage when it is still possible to reverse the process.

Who is a Candidate for Treatment with PRP?

Treatment with PRP is for all patients suffering from mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) or wishing to improve the quality of their hair.

Any patient undergoing a hair transplant is also an ideal candidate for this treatment – usually this procedure is performed during the surgery to improve the survival of the grafts and stimulate faster regrowth.

The Procedure

First, a doctor or a nurse draws blood. Enough blood is drawn to fill one or two small tubes depending on the size of the region to be treated. These tubes are then placed in a special centrifuge that separates the serum (or plasma) from the other unwanted components of blood, namely the white blood cells and the red blood cells. Platelets, which are the essential component of treatment with PRP, remain in suspension in the serum. This enriched platelet serum is then removed carefully and re-injected into the balding areas using a highly sophisticated injecting device that allows the injection of PRP with only minimal discomfort.

Upon completion of injections, the treatment is done and there are no special after care instructions to follow.

The Treatment Protocol

The treatment protocol may vary from one individual to another depending on the gender and severity of baldness. Usually it requires three to four sessions at intervals of two to four weeks. In order to maintain the results, which will be visible after a few weeks, it is essential to continue with maintenance sessions every four to six months. Although it is impossible to stop baldness completely because of hormonal and hereditary influences, continual follow up and maintenance sessions will help to ensure lasting results.

The treatments are simple, fast, and relatively painless and involve no recovery time and no side effects. This procedure should be part of an overall program of hair restoration that may include, depending on the severity of the problem, other therapeutic treatments such as minoxidil, finasteride, biostimulation, and a traditional or robotic hair transplant. The patient will then see far greater benefits from the resulting synergy and achieve better results.