PRP Hair Restoration (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP hair restoration treatments involve extracting PRP from blood and injecting into hair follicles. PRP extraction uses a centrifuge-like mechanism that separates PRP from the blood and increases the concentration of specific proteins that stimulate healing.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a form of regenerative medicine that supports the body’s healing properties and enhances natural growth factors the body uses to heal tissue. Research suggests that PRP injections can help treat androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. PRP treatments can be conducted alone or used with other cosmetic procedures. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, we mostly perform PRP therapy together with FUE hair transplant surgery. We also offer stand-alone PRP treatments for hair loss.

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PRP Treatment Explained
How Is PRP for Hair Loss Performed?
Can PRP Effectively Regrow Hair?
Can PRP Safely Treat Hair Loss?
What Are Some Possible PRP Hair Loss Treatment Side Effects?
What’s the Cost of PRP Hair Treatment?
Is PRP a Suitable Option for You?
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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss

PRP Treatment Explained

PRP is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets (also called thrombocytes), tiny fragments of cells essential for normal blood clotting to stop bleeding. 

Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many substances essential for healing. In other words, platelet-rich plasma in the blood contains more platelets than usual. 

PRP treatments involve obtaining a blood sample from a patient and putting it into a centrifuge, a tool that rapidly spins the sample to segregate the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrate them within the plasma.

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How Is PRP for Hair Loss Performed?
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Can PRP Effectively Regrow Hair?
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Can PRP Safely Treat Hair Loss?
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What Are Some Possible PRP Hair Loss Treatment Side Effects?
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What’s the Cost of PRP Hair Treatment?

How Is PRP for Hair Loss Performed?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss involves conducting a three-step treatment where blood is drawn, refined, and injected into the scalp. This technique has been used since the 1980s for conditions such as healing injured tendons, sprained joints, and pulled muscles. 

Some medical professionals believe that PRP injections improve hair growth and maintain healthy hair production by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and enhancing hair shaft thickness. 

PRP production follows a three-step process. Most forms of PRP therapy consist of three treatments (four to six weeks apart) and require follow-up every four to six months.

  1. A technician extracts about 20 milliliters of whole blood into a centrifuge, a machine that rapidly spins the sample to separate fluids of different densities.
  2. After 10 minutes in the centrifuge, the blood separates into three layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
  3. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) gets extracted into a syringe and injected into target areas of the scalp.

Although it may be not noticeable when mixed in blood, plasma is naturally a pale yellow that is easy to see by contrast when separated by a centrifuge.

PRP contains several growth factors and proteins that accelerate tissue repair. At first, researchers hypothesized that PRP could stimulate hair regrowth by reversing the process occurring in androgenetic alopecia. From that moment, PRP has become a well-established method of restoring hair growth. You can learn more about our FUT hair transplant here.

Can PRP Effectively Regrow Hair?

PRP injections can effectively treat male pattern baldness, prevent hair loss, and stimulate new hair growth. PRP treatments can also help stimulate hair growth after hair replacement procedures occur.

PRP contains proteins with several types of growth factors that can help promote the development of new hair follicles and enhance the natural formation of new blood vessels.

  • 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 (VEG). 

PRP treatments in thinning hair could help shrinking hair follicles produce hair more effectively and develop new hair follicles. If new follicles are present, new hair may grow.

A 2014 pilot study injected 2 to 3 milliliters of PRP four times, two weeks apart, in 11 participants who didn’t obtain relevant results with oral finasteride or topical minoxidil. Researchers discovered that hair loss slowed between the first and fourth injections of PRP.

PRP injection has demonstrated that it can be a practical treatment option for androgenic alopecia with high overall patient satisfaction. 

While the efficacy of stand-alone injections as a treatment for hair restoration requires more research, PRP has proven effective in wound healing. Therefore, PRP treatments must be used together with FUE procedures. And you can also learn more about our scalp micropigmentation here.

Can PRP Safely Treat Hair Loss?

PRP treatments for hair loss are considered safe, especially when an experienced hair transplant surgeon performs them. 

Plasma is commonly used in connection with hair transplant surgical treatments. For example, plasma can treat immunodeficiency diseases, injuries, burns, and genetic emphysema. It also delivers a quick immune boost via antibodies to individuals in potentially life-threatening situations.

In the case of hair restoration, the safety concerns are similar to other treatment procedures. Besides a sterile needle and syringe, the procedure involves little risk of infection. 

Mild risks associated with PRP include headache, pain, redness, and temporary hair shedding. PRP may not be an acceptable form of treatment for individuals who have a history of bleeding disorders or autoimmune diseases.

What Are Some Possible PRP Hair Loss Treatment Side Effects?

PRP treatment has some possible side effects from injections and from the procedure itself that includes:

  • Blood vessel injury on the scalp.
  • Infection at the site of injection.
  • Injury to nerves in the body.
  • Scar tissue developing from the injection site
  • Side effects from anesthesia such as muscle aches, confusion, or bladder control problems.

What’s the Cost of PRP Hair Treatment?

At The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, we offer PRP hair treatments together with other hair transplant procedures for $1,000 per session. We conduct a series of three treatments for hair loss and provide PRP treatments as a minimally invasive stand-alone treatment for hair loss for $1,500 per treatment or three treatments for $3,000.

Is PRP a Suitable Option for You?

Although limited clinical proof exists to indicate that PRP for hair loss works for everyone, researchers have found evidence that PRP can lead to renewed hair growth. Other researchers believe that PRP is a safe, effective method of reversing hair loss and stimulating new, healthy hair growth. 

While PRP is a stand-alone hair loss treatment option offered at The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, our team uses PRP treatments together with FUE hair transplant procedures to promote hair growth and healing. 

How often a person should have PRP treatment will depend on a person’s condition and the results of the initial treatment. Our hair transplant physician may recommend PRP maintenance injections every three to six months once hair loss is under control.

Contact us today and discover which treatment or combination of treatments is the appropriate choice for you.