Updated: Jun 13
Hair loss is a very common problem that affects both men and women with some 30 million women and 50 million men experiencing at least some degree of hair thinning or loss. Some of the most common contributing factors are age, heredity, and stress. Hair loss is a troubling problem that can affect your confidence and self-esteem, so thankfully there are multiple hair-thinning treatment options. The problem with having so many hair loss solutions to choose from is that it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. We will discuss one particular hair regeneration therapy today- PRP hair loss treatments.
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration (PRP) is a non-surgical hair restoration treatment that stimulated natural hair growth. PRP is extracted from your own blood and treated in a special machine that works like a centrifuge to separate the various components of your blood. When injected into your scalp the plasma with concentrated platelets contains growth factors that promote healing. This healing process produces hair follicle regeneration that causes hair growth stimulation to regrow hair naturally. PRP could also be called a hair rejuvenation therapy because it not only stimulates new hair growth, it also causes new growth on the already existing hair to start to thicken adding even more density to your mane. Fun fact- PRP is also widely used in the beauty industry to help combat the effects of aging on the skin.
The Science Behind PRP Hair Restoration
Several scientific studies of PRP hair regeneration therapy have shown its effectiveness. A study of people who were experiencing androgenic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) found that after just three months of treatments every two weeks, the study participants experienced a 31% increase inactively growing hair follicles. A different study showed not only an increase in the number of actively growing hair follicles but an increase in the strength and thickness of the hair as well. Yet another study looked at two different hair loss treatments in two groups of people. One group of participants was treated with minoxidil and the other group was given PRP injections. After 6 months of treatment, the group receiving PRP treatments regrew more hair than the group using minoxidil.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP can be used to treat both male and female pattern baldness, stress, and age-related hair loss, and in some cases even thinning eyebrows. The sooner hair loss is treated the better the outcome will be, so those with extremely advanced hair loss may not be good candidates unless it is combined with another hair loss treatment. Those recovering from hair transplant surgery are also good candidates and the PRP injections can help speed healing and yield better results from the surgery. Anyone who is searching for a nonsurgical option to treat their hair loss might be a good candidate for platelet-rich plasma hair restoration.
What to Expect During the PRP Hair Restoration Procedure
The first step of the PRP hair restoration procedure involves a technician collecting your blood in the same way they do at a lab. The collected blood is then placed into the machine that separated the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. A fine microneedling roller may be used to stimulate blood flow within the scalp to better distribute the PRP when it’s injected. The prepared plasma and platelets are then injected into the scalp to start the work of regrowing your hair. Anesthesia is not needed for the procedure because there is minimal discomfort, but if it’s needed it is available.
Potential Side Effects and Risks of PRP Hair Restoration
Platelet-rich plasma treatments are a low-risk procedure and major side effects are rare. Because the procedure includes a blood draw you can help prevent possibly feeling lightheaded afterward by making sure you are well-hydrated and have had a meal or snack beforehand. After the procedure, you might have some minor soreness and slight bruising at the injection sites which is normal. Since the injections are made up of your own cells there isn’t a risk of allergic reaction as there is with other injectable hair loss therapies. A few people have reported some of the following side effects after undergoing PRP hair restoration therapy. These are mild and usually, resolve quickly on their own without further treatment.
Temporary scalp tenderness
Mild pain at the injection sites
Temporary bleeding at the injection sites
No one enjoys losing their hair, and the good news is that thanks to modern science and technological advancements you don’t have to. There are hair restoration treatments for women and men like PRP that can give you back your hair, your confidence, and your self-esteem.
If you’ve been searching for a long-lasting nonsurgical treatment for your hair loss that gives you back your own naturally growing hair, PRP hair loss treatments may be right for you. We invite you to schedule a private consultation at the Hair Restoration Institute to find out if you are a good candidate for PRP hair restoration. We will evaluate the health of your hair and scalp as well as the degree of hair loss and discuss the best options to restore your hair and bring back the look you want. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 817-854-HAIR (4247) for a discreet and complimentary consultation.