Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss

What is PRP for hair loss?

Hair loss is a common condition and distressing condition affecting millions of Americans, both men and women. Hair loss may be related to age, genetics, stress, or autoimmune disorders, but there are treatments available. Many oral and topical medications may have side effects, and hair transplants come with surgical risks, as well. This has led to research on additional options, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. In this process, your blood is drawn, platelet blood cells are highly concentrated, then they are injected into the scalp where they release growth factors that are thought to be beneficial for the health of hair follicles. In fact, clinical trials have found that PRP injections significantly increase the number of hair follicles, hair thickness, and hair follicle density compared to placebo interventions.

Who is a good candidate?

Good candidates should be healthy individuals with a mild to moderate amount of hair loss. Once an individual is “shiny bald,” there may not be enough hair follicles left for PRP to work on. Additionally, Aspirin and NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) may be held a week before and after for best results. Consult your managing provider if you can hold these medications. Additionally, smoking cessation is recommended. Candidates should have reasonable expectations; while studies have demonstrated on average there are improvements in hair thickness, individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

How often is this procedure performed?

Expect a series of 3 injections spaced 1 month apart. Then, to maintain gains, one booster session is recommended roughly every 9 months. It may take after the third injection to see increased hair growth.

How long does the procedure take?

After your blood is drawn, processing may take 30 minutes. Once the PRP is ready, the procedure itself may take 15-20 minutes. Expect to be at the office for roughly an hour.

What are the risks of the procedure?

There may be pain during the procedure itself, but the injection is relatively quick and your provider will use numbing medication (such as lidocaine) to ease pain. For the first week or two, there may be mild soreness or irritation at the injection sites.

PRP for Hair Loss Medical Director: Joshua Martin, MD