Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is approved by the FDA for use in orthopedics and is being used “off-label” to treat patients with male and female pattern hair loss as well as alopecia areata
Platelets are one of the components of blood and promote cell growth and regeneration. The theory is that platelets, injected deep into the scalp to reach the hair follicle, may stimulate the cells responsible for hair growth.
On the day of the procedure, a small amount of blood will be obtained, similar to a routine blood test. The blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood cells. The PRP is prepared while you wait. and then injected into the areas of hair loss.
After the treatment, ice packs are applied. You may experience slight redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection sites. This usually subsides within 1 to 2 days.
If you are experiencing hair loss, ask your practitioner if you would be a good candidate PRP injections.