What is PRP THerapy for Hair Loss?
Hair loss is a significant concern for many women and men, whether it's brought on by genetics, age, hormones, medical conditions, or years of over-styling. With recent advancements in hair restoration, doctors have created new treatments to fight hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative nonsurgical treatment that has shown remarkable results in slowing down, stopping, and even reversing baldness. Additionally, PRP has helped patients who suffer from alopecia areata or thinning eyebrows. By extracting growth factors and bioactive proteins from your blood, we can strengthen your hair, resulting in longer, thicker, healthier locks.
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Any person with hair loss can be a good candidate for PRP therapy, but those with early hair loss typically achieve the best results. PRP works best for those with androgenic alopecia, which is an inherited type of hair loss that commonly occurs on the top part of the head. For women, this could look like a widening part with average hair thickness remaining on the back of the head. Typically, patients who have sections of poor quality hair growth on the scalp and some hair follicles, tend to have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
Our PRP for Hair Loss Technique
As a minimally invasive procedure, we can complete the PRP treatments in an hour. PRP begins with one of our dermatologists drawing a small amount of your blood and placing it in a centrifuge, which spins the blood at a high speed to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood components. Next, we'll administer a local anesthetic to your scalp and apply your platelet-rich plasma to the regions of your head that are bald or thinning. To activate the PRP and enable it to seep deeper into the skin, we perform microneedling on the scalp, which creates micro-injures in the skin. We recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment every 9 – 12 months to maintain your results.
What to Expect
There's no recovery period necessary for this procedure, and you have virtually no limitations or constraints. Patients may develop some redness, minor swelling, or mild tenderness near the treated areas. These symptoms generally last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each person, cosmetic results are usually noticeable 4 – 6 months after the first session and can continue to improve for up to a full year. Since PRP isn't a permanent solution for hair loss, we recommend follow-up treatments every 12 – 18 months. It's important to be aware that PRP doesn't create new hair follicles in places where you're already bald but is rather used to reverse the miniaturization of existing hair follicles, so they produce healthier, thicker, and longer hair fibers.
PRP Therapy For Hair Loss FAQ
How much does PRP therapy for hair loss typically cost?
PRP therapy for hair loss costs will depend on your level of hair loss and the number of treatments necessary to reach your goals. When you have your consultation at Clear Lake Dermatology, we will examine your hair and listen to what you want to achieve with your PRP treatments. Then Dr. Joe or Dr. Kim will create a treatment plan and be able to estimate your treatment costs.
When do you see results with PRP therapy for hair loss?
Most patients can expect to see visible results within 4 – 6 months after the first session that can continue to improve for up to a full year.
How often do you need to get PRP treatments?
To achieve your initial results, typically three PRP treatments are needed, spaced one month apart. Depending on your hair loss and needs, maintenance treatments are usually recommended every 9 – 12 months.
Is PRP therapy for hair loss effective?
Outcomes for PRP hair loss therapy are unique for each person and depend on genetics, severity of hair loss, response to the treatment, and other factors. You must remember to have realistic expectations and patience. It takes time for the stimulation of new hair growth and for it to become visible. Many studies have reported effective results, with one study finding visible improvements after six months of PRP therapy with more than 40% of participants achieving a least a moderate level of improvement.
Do the PRP injections hurt?
Before your injections, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the scalp to keep you comfortable for the PRP injections. Most patients don't report experiencing pain or discomfort.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $500 - $2,700
- How Long It Takes
- 40 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 4 - 6 weeks
Stimulate New Growth
PRP therapy is a scientifically-backed treatment for those struggling to choose between hair loss solutions. At Clear Lake Dermatology, we proudly provide effective solutions to treat thinning hair. To learn more about PRP therapy for hair loss, we invite you to contact our League City or Webster, TX offices.