PRP For Hair Loss

  • Best Results3-6 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery0-1 day
  • Procedure Time60 minutes
  • Skin SpecialistDermatologist, nurse
  • Duration of ResultsYears+
  • AnaestheticNumbing & blocks
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$-$$

PRP For Hair Loss

PRP or platelet rich plasma is a simple, side effect free method of hair regrowth. It is a scientifically proven method of regrowing hair without the side effects of medication. Data has shown a reproducible increase in follicular units over three to four months. As with all hair treatments, maintenance is required for best results.

FactsFacts On PRP for Hair Loss

  • PRP uses natural growth factors derived from your own blood
  • PRP was first used by dermatologists & plastic surgeons for wound repair 
  • PRP contains growth factors & anti-inflammatory molecules
  • It works by increasing lifespan of hair follicles as well as increasing their diameter & number
  • This treatment should be conducted prior & during FUE / hair transplantation  as it can improve graft survival rates & clinical outcomes
  • Better outcomes are seen in mild to moderate severity of hair loss
  • Better outcomes are achieved in males compared to female pattern hair loss

What does PRP contain that makes hair grow?

PRP is essentially a super concentration of cell growth factors derived from blood cells known as platelets. These include growth factors, cytokines & chemokines. 

This mix of molecules gives PRP the power to repair damaged cells including miniaturized hair follicles, as found in male & female pattern hair loss. PRP helps to activate hair growth, increasing the number of follicles as well making the hair shaft thicker. PRP also increases the lifespan of hair follicles.

How soon into hair loss should PRP be commenced?

ASAP. PRP is best utilized for early hair loss in both males & females. Advanced cases of alopecia cannot be reversed with PRP.

The majority of studies have shown that mild to moderate cases of androgenetic alopecia respond better compared to late-stage disease.

What does the evidence say about PRP & hair loss?

It is essential to achieve a concentration of 3 to 5 ‘X’, namely the multiple of normal platelet concentration. This provides the optimal mix of cytokines, chemokines, & growth factors.

How is PRP delivered into the hair follicle & scalp?

There are 3 mainstream methods to deliver PRP into the scalp.

  1. Injections spaced 1 cm apart to the area of concern & 3-5 cm beyond the boundary.
  2. Microneedling & PRP
  3. Laser assisted drug delivery. The most common laser we use is the 1927 thulium laser as this has the most amount of research behind it.

All three methods have well documented studies behind them, however at Cutis we most commonly use injections & laser assistance. 

Davin’s Viewpoint on PRP for hair loss disorders

I have used PRP extensively for over 7 years, mostly in revision work including laser resurfacing & scar management. In this context, results are marginal, namely quicker recovery times. In the context of hair loss (androgenetic alopecia), PRP has a much more robust level of evidence. There are four scenarios when dermatologists employ PRP injections.

1.Maintenance of remaining hair. This is in the context of pre or even post FUE/transplantation surgery.  PRP can help maintain & in most cases augment hair growth.

2.PRP can also be used as adjunctive treatment during laser treatment for male & female pattern baldness. Synergistic gains can be expected with dual combinations.

3.Given the data, PRP should be used pre FUE – transplantation as it markedly improves graft survival rates.

4.Finally PRP should be used as the medium of choice during follicular unit extraction, again improving graft success & survival.

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