What is Platelet-Rich Plasma? Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. Platelets are blood cells that contain growth factors necessary for healing functions. The components of blood can be separated isolating the platelets and plasma. This solution is called Platelet-rich plasma or PRP.
How does PRP therapy work?
After a simple blood draw, the PRP is formed and injected into the scalp which activated the platelet to release their cellular markers including growth factors which helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production. The plasma containing high concentrations of platelets help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle which leads to hair growth and increased thickness of the hair.
How many treatments are needed?
PRP injections are typically performed monthly for three months. Additional treatments may be necessary to maintain the results. Injections may be continued every 3 months or up to once yearly. The injection schedule varies as it depends on your genetics and type of hair loss.
Does insurance cover the cost of PRP?
The use of PRP in the treatment of hair loss is considered cosmetic therefore insurance does not cover the cost of the procedure. Treatments are packaged into a series of three treatment sessions with an average cost of $500 per injection session.
Can PRP be used with other treatment options?
Yes. Medications such as Finasteride and Minoxidil are helpful in patients with pattern hair loss. It is helpful to think of your hair as grass and to think of PRP as fertilizer. Prescription medications can help support the hair growth just as water and sunlight can help the “grass” grow.
Who is a candidate for PRP treatment?
PRP is most commonly indicated for male or female pattern hair loss. The earlier the treatment is performed the better the outcomes. Patients with longstanding hair loss may not respond as adequately as those with earlier forms of pattern hair loss. Using the previous analogy, one must have enough “grass” in order for the fertilizer to be effective. It is difficult to activate hair follicles that have been inactive for a long time. PRP also may be used in other forms of hair loss. It is important to have your hair and scalp examined by a Board-Certified Dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Tips for healthy hair
In addition to this procedure, maintaining healthy hair is essential for long-lasting results. Please watch this AAD video for best practices in day-to-day hair treatment.