What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is obtained from the patient’s blood. We separate platelets out by spinning the blood in a centrifuge, then spinning platelets a second time to obtain the ‘purest’ platelets. We apply the patient’s PRP before microneedling the skin, then apply it again after treatment to remain on the area for four hours. PRP is full of growth factors that aid in tissue repair, promote cell growth, and encourage new collagen production.
Does PRP for Hair Loss Actually Work?
Yes, research shows that PRP can be a safe and effective hair loss treatment. A 2014 study concluded that PRP was a “cost effective and feasible treatment.” Similarly, a study conducted in 2015 found that PRP resulted in more hair growth without any negative side effects.
Treatment and Cost
PRP is not yet covered by insurance, so you are expected to pay out-of-pocket for this therapy. Most doctors charge between $800 and $1,000 per session.
Why PRP is Better Than Other Treatments for Hair Loss
Although there are several other treatments for hair loss on the market, they all have the potential for troubling side effects. Two FDA-approved topical treatments for hair loss include Minoxidil and Finasteride. From dryness and itching to sexual dysfunction in men, these topical treatments can be problematic.
Hair transplants also can reverse hair loss. But the procedure is invasive, expensive, requires extensive recovery timeand leaves visible scars.
In contrast, PRP for hair loss has virtually no side effects other than discomfort caused by injections and pain, swelling and redness at the injection site.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP?
PRP for hair loss works best in patients who have recently experienced their hair loss and those who still have hair follicles. Patients on blood thinners won’t have great success with PRP.
Recommended Tests Before Undergoing PRP for Hair Loss
Upon initial assessment, your doctor may recommend blood work, including the following, to detect your individual underlying cause or contributor of hair loss:
- Comprehensive metabolic panel
- Thyroid panel
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
- Iron and Ferritin panel
- Autoimmune panel