What Is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. We find this plasma in your own blood and use it to help you fight patterned hair loss (or reverse the effects of aging). PRP has been around a long time. It was used initially for musculoskeletal injuries, where it was injected into tendons and ligaments for healing. Now, we use it in aesthetic dermatology both for fighting patterned hair loss and stopping the signs of aging in the face.
How Does A PRP Hair Treatment Work?
The first goal of PRP hair treatments is to stop the shedding.
Shedding 100 hair shafts per day is normal — shedding 200+ hair shafts a day is not. This is when the body has a hard time keeping up.
Once the shedding stops, the PRP may also thicken the hair strands themselves. With less shedding and thicker strands, you’ll notice a big difference in your hair quality.
The real holy grail of PRP hair treatment is seeing new hair growth. This new growth starts as fine hair, but hopefully additional PRP treatments combined with the use of Rogaine and anti-hormonal medication causes the new hair growth to become thicker as well. After using the current protocol in our office, we are seeing very noticeable results usually within one to two treatments. This is really exciting for both the patient and the provider, and it is motivating to continue the topical and oral treatments.
How Many PRP Treatments Are Necessary?
Most providers recommend a series of three injections and then they’ll reassess for growth. Hopefully, by this point, you’ll see less shedding and new growth. If that new hair growth continues to get stimulated by ongoing medical treatment (anti-hormone pill and Rogaine), your doctor will likely recommend one or two PRP treatments per year to maintain the effect.
Patterned hair loss is an unfortunate and frustrating side effect of a hormone imbalance — but it doesn’t have to be permanent. If you’re ready to try medical treatments to get your hair cycle back on track, give your dermatologist a call to see if PRP hair loss treatments are right for you.