PRP for Hair Loss

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Researchers and doctors have explored multiple treatment options to find an effective hair loss solution, including platelet-based therapy, also known as platelet-rich plasma.

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What Is PRP Treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of procedure that uses your blood to heal your body. It works by injecting the patient’s platelets into an injured or hair loss area to stimulate tissue growth and heal there.

Yet, PRP treatment is not the most commonly sought idea for hair restoration. Few people are aware that platelet-based therapy can address hair loss problems.
Frequently, your first option for hair loss is topical minoxidil (Rogaine) because it is widely available over the counter. In case it fails, your next step is to consult a doctor. More often than not, they’ll suggest oral finasteride (Propecia).
Sadly, when these medications do not work for you, you would begin considering surgical options, including:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
During your research, you may come across using PRP treatment for hair loss.

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PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

PRP therapy is one of the newest treatments in hair loss treatment. The process entails injecting these platelets into the scalp using microneedling, which helps stimulate new follicles and grow more hair strands.

The benefits can include thicker-looking and feeling hair. Also, it helps increase the density in some cases. Additionally, you may see reduced shedding and less noticeable thinning spots.

Here at Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey, we primarily perform PRP therapy combined with FUE surgery. Here is what you need to know about PRP treatment for hair loss.

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PRP Hair Loss Treatment

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What Are the benefits of PRP Treatment?

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How Is PRP Treatment for Hair Loss Performed?

PRP treatment for hair loss is a relatively.....

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How Does PRP Treatment Work?

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Is PRP Treatment Effective at Regrowing Hair?

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Research Study on PRP Treatment for Hair Loss

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Is PRP for Hair Loss Safe?

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How Much Does PRP Hair Treatment Cost?

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Is PRP Hair Treatment a Good Option For You?

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PRP Hair Loss Treatment

PRP is the process of extracting platelets from your blood. Then, they’re injected into your scalp to help stimulate hair growth. It is used as a regenerative medical application in:

  • Oral surgery.
  • Orthopedic surgery.
  • Cosmetic surgery.

Aside from that, it is performed together with FUE to accelerate the recovery and healing period.

How Red Blood Cells Work

Each component of blood has a different purpose. Red blood cells help transport oxygen taken in via the lungs throughout the body. Then, it dispels carbon dioxide as waste, again through the lungs.

How White Blood Cells Work

White blood cells are essentially the basis for our immune response. They are stored in your lymphatic system. It helps your immune system to fight off:

  • Infections.
  • Viruses.
  • Anything your body deems as foreign.

How Platelets Work

Your platelets clot your blood so that you stop bleeding. For instance, if you accidentally cut your finger, the damaged blood vessels will signal your body that it needs platelets.

Upon arrival, these platelets will grow “sticky tentacles” so that they can cling to each other and form a barrier over the cut. After that, they will also send out signals to other platelets. They will gather at the cut to strengthen the clot.

How Plasma Works

Plasma is the final and largest component. It makes up about 55% of our blood. Plasma has many jobs in our body system, such as:

  • Carrying nutrients, proteins, and hormones to various cells.
  • Maintaining blood pressure and volume.
  • Dispelling cell waste.

What Are the benefits of PRP Treatment?

PRP is a great alternative for people who have not had success with other treatments. It’s an option for those who do not want to take medications, like minoxidil, due to its known side effects, such as:

  • Itching.
  • Burning.
  • Irritation of skin at the application site.

How Is PRP Treatment for Hair Loss Performed?

PRP treatment for hair loss is a relatively new technique that is quite effective.

Platelet-rich plasma is plasma with platelet concentration. The PRP process involves taking about 20 ccs of whole blood. Then, it’s spun within a centrifuge. Afterward, a doctor will inject the concentrated platelets into the scalp. Even though the plasma is unnoticeable when mixed in blood, it is a pale yellow color. You can easily see the contrast when it’s separated in the centrifuge. In this process, the blood is separated into layers.

  • One-third of the plasma layer contains platelet-poor plasma.
  • Two-thirds of the layer on the bottom contains platelet-rich plasma.
  • A small part at the bottom layer contains the “buffy coat.”

This buffy coat represents the transition from the plasma layer to a red blood cell layer. Moreover, it also contains platelets.

How Does PRP Treatment Work?

When you undergo this procedure, your doctor extracts plasma from your blood. Then, the plasma isolates certain components that promote cell regeneration to create a concentrated solution called “PRP.” After that, the doctor injects it into the area that needs treatment.

The PRP treatment process for hair loss:

First, the platelet-poor plasma is spread over the extracted follicles in a petri dish. Then, the surgeon will inject the PRP and buffy coat into the balding area. This area is where the follicles will be transplanted. The plasma promotes hair growth by stimulating the production of healthy hair cells.

Usually, the PRP for hair loss involves several sessions over the course of a few months.

Aside from hair loss, PRP is used in medical treatments, including:

  • Pulled muscles.
  • Sprained joints.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Injured tendons as well as post-operative care.

Is PRP Treatment Effective at Regrowing Hair?

The evidence is inconclusive on whether PRP treatment is effective in hair restoration. In essence, PRP treatment is complicated.

In theory, our body operates more effectively when there is better blood flow. As mentioned, the red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Thus, it helps in energizing vital organs and allows them to perform completely. On top of that, red blood cells promote cell growth.

Interestingly, this theory involves the proteins in platelets as well. Studies have shown that activated platelets can release numerous growth factors as part of the healing process that may also promote hair growth. These growth factors includes:

  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
  • Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF)
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
  • Interleukin (IL)-1

Furthermore, growth factors can promote new follicle development and blood vessels — called neovascularization. When there are new follicles, then new hair may grow as well.

PRP therapy in balding areas of the scalp may help the shrinking follicles and produce hair more efficiently. It also may create some new follicles. Certainly, having a good blood flow won’t hurt.

There haven’t been enough research studies on stand-alone PRP treatments for hair loss. So, it isn’t very easy to conclusively prove its efficacy in hair restoration treatment. Moreover, the conducted studies are early on in the research process. Even though stand-alone treatments can be helpful, they still require further research.

Research Study on PRP Treatment for Hair Loss

In the 2014 pilot study of PRP, researchers injected 2 to 3 mL of PRP four times scheduled at two weeks apart. The 11 participants had not seen results from topical minoxidil and oral finasteride.

The researchers found that hair loss slowed down between the first and fourth injections of PRP. They concluded that:

“A PRP injection is a simple, cost-effective, and feasible treatment option for male pattern baldness. Hence, with high overall patient satisfaction.”

The study offers some hope. Still, it needs more research before it can be proven effective as a stand-alone treatment. Also, further clinical trials need to be conducted with a larger group of participants.

Although the efficacy is still debatable, PRP therapy has been proven very effective in wound healing. Thus, we almost always use PRP treatments alongside FUE. After harvesting the hair follicles from the donor site, the PRP is injected back into the scalp. This promotes faster healing, which is of great interest to most of our patients because the post-operative healing period can be uncomfortable (though certainly not unbearable).

After FUE treatment, proper care plays a major role in the success of the procedure. Thus, you need to follow hair transplant post-op instructions by your doctor, which include:

  • You need to spray the scalp with water and let it air dry.
  • Avoid washing or brushing your hair for the first week.
  • Refrain from dyeing your hair for the first month.

Following all this, ensure the transplant site accepts the relocated follicles and allows the donor site to heal properly.

PRP treatment promotes a faster healing time of the FUE therapy. As a result, more satisfied patients are likely to be with their FUE hair transplant results. Thus, PRP treatment surely is an excellent way to help.

Is PRP for Hair Loss Safe?

Are you searching for different hair transplant options for your hair loss problem? Nowadays, there’s a lot of buzz about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss. Often, the question you will hear most is: “Is PRP for Hair Loss Safe?” The answer is yes — if you go to a reputable provider.

PRP treatment for hair loss is safe because the plasma used comes from the patient’s own blood. Therefore, there is no need to run it through a wide variety of blood compatibility testing.

As of today, plasma use for medical treatment is fairly common. PRP treatment is used in treating immunodeficiency diseases. Aside from that, plasma can treat genetic emphysema and burns. Also, this treatment provides a quick immune boost (through antibodies) in potentially severe cases.

For hair restoration, the safety precautions are like any other possible use-cases. The risk of infection involved in the PRP procedure is minimal. Other than that, the process needs a sanitary syringe and needle.

Advantages of using PRP for hair loss:

  • It’s a simple, non-invasive procedure.
  • Each session lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
  • PRP for hair loss is safe with a quick recovery period.
  • Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey treatment provides natural results.

Our New Jersey hair transplant surgeon will inject your own PRP into your scalp by using a thin needle. Then, the growth factors in your blood cells do their job. From there, it will stimulate natural hair growth. PRP for hair loss is suitable for both men and women.

Here at Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey, we use PRP treatment for hair loss alongside FUE hair surgery. We specialize in providing advanced hair restoration techniques so that we can give you quick and natural-looking results. Our team assists men and women throughout Bergen County, Northern, Central, and South New Jersey.

How Much Does PRP Hair Treatment Cost?

PRP treatment for hair loss can be a great way to deal with male pattern baldness. The procedure is typically used by people who have tried other treatments, like Rogaine and Propecia, without success. It’s also a good option for those looking for something more natural than surgery. Typically, PRP therapy for hair loss consists of three treatments within four to six weeks. Aside from that, it also requires maintenance treatments every four to six months.

Here at Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey Clinic, we can add PRP treatment to any hair restoration procedure. Aside from that, PRP therapy can also be used as a minimally invasive stand-alone hair loss treatment.

Furthermore, the pricing depends on many factors, including:

  • Your geographical location.
  • Quality of equipment used in the treatment.
  • Addition of nutritional components to boost the plasma.
  • Number of injections used.
  • Expertise of the doctor.

Will My Insurance Plan Cover PRP Hair Treatment?

Usually, many insurance companies do not cover any of the costs of hair loss treatment. They consider PRP hair loss treatment as a cosmetic procedure. However, you can still check your insurance provider to see if they cover PRP.

Is PRP Hair Treatment a Good Option For You?

Have you already tried oral finasteride and topical minoxidil and have yet to see any meaningful results? Then PRP therapy may be a good treatment option for you.

However, there are some conditions in which a patient may not be a good candidate for PRP, such as:

  • Cancer.
  • Low platelet count.
  • Liver disease.
  • Sepsis.
  • Infection.
  • Metabolic disorders.
  • Blood and bleeding disorders.
  • Anemic.
  • Pregnant.

Also, a patient undergoing anticoagulation therapy may not be a good fit for PRP. You must consult with a doctor, so they can determine whether you are a good candidate for PRP.

While we offer stand-alone PRP for hair loss, we do not often perform it on its own. Thus, we use PRP treatment after an FUE hair transplant procedure. Then again, Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey almost always uses PRP to speed up the healing process.

Do You Want To Learn More About PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?

If you are interested in undergoing the procedure, do not hesitate to contact us. We’d love to discuss our array of hair transplant treatment options with you. All you have to do is complete your virtual consultation form today. Then, our experts at Hair Transplant Center – New Jersey will see if PRP or FUE are ideal for you.