How effective is PRP for hair loss

December 5, 2017

First of all there really is no “cure” for male pattern balding.

What is PRP and how it is used.

PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma is the procedure in which we take ones own blood and shake it in machine for 15/20 minutes. In this way the plasma is separated from the cells. Two prominent layers of plasma can be seen after shaken for 15/20 minutes. One is of Platelet Poor Plasma and other one is Platelet Rich Plasma. We would suck out the PRP platelet Rich Plasma and inject it in the roots of follicles immediately after activating it. 

How long to see regrowth after PRP shot

Most patients notice some element of improvement by 2-6 weeks after PRP. Symptom improvement is slow and subtle as days and weeks pass, with usual report of original pain being replaced with more of a soreness..

Are There Risks with PRP?

Overall, PRP is an especially safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood. However, anytime a needle is placed in the body, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. These risks do not happen often, and are very rare.

Research:

In one study t was found that Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a new treatment modality in regenerative plastic surgery, and preliminary evidence suggests that it might have a beneficial role in hair regrowth. Read more and also here

More research is being released every day regarding the effectiveness of PRP for hair loss, including some medical hair loss problems that otherwise don’t have a good solution. PRP is still a relatively new treatment for male pattern baldness, and more evidence is coming out all the time to support its use. While PRP is not going to generate new hair follicles where none exist, I do consider it to be a good option for patients who do not want a hair transplantation procedure, or would like additional non-surgical treatments to support a transplant. I consider it another tool in my toolbox for treatment of hair loss, just like minoxidil, finasteride, etc.

PRP does not bring dead follicles back to life.  Thus, it must be used in the right person who has thinning.  In the wrong person, it is a total waste of your time and money.  Be sure to see someone who has experience in using PRP for hair growth.

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