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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Hair Loss

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment that can help enhance your body’s ability to heal. It’s also true that platelet-rich plasma can improve the results of hair transplantation and other cosmetic operations.

Doctors use injections of platelets to aid in and speed up healing from surgical wounds, traumatic injuries, and joint tissue injuries. PRP injections are safe and well-tolerated because they use the patient’s own blood as their basis. We offer PRP injections as a stand-alone treatment for hair loss. We also offer them in conjunction with follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery to accelerate healing and improve hair restoration. Learn what you need to know about PRP for hair loss below.
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What Is PRP for Hair Loss?

Platelet-rich plasma injections are a treatment that uses your blood cells to stimulate hair growth. PRP can also be used to speed up healing from hair transplant surgery.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Blood plasma is one of the components of the blood that flows through your veins. It looks like a yellowish liquid when it’s separated from the rest of your blood. Typically, it keeps red and white blood cells suspended as they move through the body. Plasma comprises about 55% of the blood in your body. It transports nutrients and proteins, controls blood pressure and volume, and helps remove waste from your cells.

Platelets are small pieces of cells that are found in the blood. They are integral to clotting and wound healing. When you are injured, your immune system sends platelets to the cut, bruise, or wound site. They collect to form clots that seal cuts closed and send out chemical signals to produce more platelets as needed.

Platelet-rich plasma is an injectable solution made by mechanically separating these elements to create a fluid with a high density of platelet cells. As a result, PRP can help speed up natural healing processes and improve functions like hair growth.

A healthcare provider draws a small amount of blood to create PRP injections. They place the blood in a centrifuge machine, which spins rapidly and divides the blood fluids based on their densities. After 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will separate into platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. The PRP can then be injected into your body to aid healing or promote hair growth.

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How Is PRP Used to Treat Hair Loss?

PRP therapy for hair loss is a three-step procedure in which your blood is extracted, purified, and injected into the scalp. Plasma’s natural color makes it easy to observe as separation happens during centrifuge.

Some doctors believe that PRP injections can help people with hair loss. They believe that this treatment can help your hair to grow back. Doctors can perform this treatment in combination with other treatments or medications for hair loss.

PRP therapy has been in existence since the 1980s, but insufficient research exists concerning whether PRP is an effective hair loss treatment. PRP has been applied to health concerns such as healing injured tendons, sprained joints, pulled muscles, and hair loss.

PRP follows a three-step process. Some PRP requires three treatments (four to six weeks apart), and some need maintenance treatments every four to six months.

Step 1: Technicians place some of your blood into a machine that spins rapidly and divides the fluids into different densities.

Step 2: Your blood separates into three layers after 10 minutes in the centrifuge: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.

Step 3: PRP is drawn into a syringe and injected into areas of the scalp where hair is needed to regrow.

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Does PRP Work for Hair Loss?

PRP injections can stimulate the production of growth factor hormones in the body….

How Effective Is PRP for Hair Loss?

PRP injections can help some people with hair loss…

Does PRP Work for Hair Loss?

PRP injections can stimulate the production of growth factor hormones in the body. This can increase the number of cells that promote healing, as well as stimulate hair growth. When injected into areas of hair loss, such as the scalp, PRP injections may encourage the body to start growing hair in the area where hair growth has slowed.

Research shows that platelet-rich plasma contains essential proteins and growth factors, such as:

  • Epidermal growth factor (EGF)
  • Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
  • Interleukin (IL)-1
  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
  • Transforming growth factor (TGF)
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)

These growth factors help new follicles form and cause new blood vessels to grow, which in turn could help the follicles produce hair more efficiently. The factors have also been shown to speed up and stimulate tissue repair, meaning they can help reverse the process that occurs in male pattern baldness.

In a 2014 study, 11 people who had not experienced desirable results from using oral finasteride or topical minoxidil received 2 to 3 milliliters of PRP (a blood product) four times. Researchers found that hair loss slowed between the first and fourth injections of PRP. The researchers found that PRP treatments were effective for treating people with male pattern baldness.

How Effective Is PRP for Hair Loss?

PRP injections can help some people with hair loss. The treatment may help hair grow back in areas where growth has slowed or stopped. For some people, PRP alone is effective for stimulating new hair growth.

Still, there are many reasons for hair loss; not all can be effectively treated with PRP alone. Some people have better results using PRP after hair transplantation. When combined with hair transplant surgery, it may speed up healing and lead to faster regrowth of transplanted hair.

How Much Does PRP for Hair Loss Cost?

At Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City (NYC), the cost depends on whether you do PRP alone or with other treatments. PRP alone costs approximately $1,000 per session, and most people need at least three sessions to see optimal results.

How Long Does PRP Last for Hair Loss?

Hair regrowth from PRP can last for a year or more. You will need to return periodically to repeat treatments to continue to see results.

How Often Do You Need to Do PRP for Hair Loss?

You may need several PRP sessions before you see positive results. Most people need multiple treatments to maintain their results.

Is PRP for Hair Loss Safe?

The risks of PRP therapy side effects are mild and include headaches, pain, redness, and temporary hair shedding.

PRP may not be a good option for people with a history of bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases, cancer, liver disease, sepsis, low platelet count, or infection. Schedule an appointment with us before moving forward with the treatment so that we can evaluate your medical history.

PRP for Hair Loss in New York

If you are considering PRP for hair loss in New York, contact Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City. The staff at Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City are experts in the latest hair regrowth treatments. Whether you want to slow hair loss or treat significant balding, there are options that can improve your looks and self-confidence.

Contact our office in Manhattan to discuss your hair goals and see if PRP might be a good treatment for you.

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