Did you know that, on average, you lose 50-100 strands of hair each day? The most common reason for hair loss is familial or male/female pattern hair loss. Both topical and oral medications have been shown to help, especially when combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a treatment for hair loss that is derived from your own blood. The process involves drawing two tubes of your blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, withdrawing the platelet rich concentrate with a needle and injecting it back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicle.
How does PRP work?
There are no great controlled studies, but overall data indicates efficacy ranging roughly between a 10%-30% increase in hair counts and hair shaft thickness. Variations in results are likely to be related to variations in methods. Some studies showed no statistical increase in hair counts or density, but most do. Topical minoxidil seems to provide more synergy when used with PRP than oral finasteride. Monthly injections of PRP for three months seem to be more effective than less frequent schedule. Patient satisfaction is relatively high.
Will PRP work for me?
PRP has been used primarily for common pattern hair thinning in men and women. For people with other scalp conditions, treatment is best directed at the underlying cause.
Is PRP risky?
Not really. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, there really should not be any significant side effects.
Does it hurt?
It does hurt a little, but Dr. Cohen uses a vibrating anesthetic device and a superfine, German made multineedle injector system. You may experience some bruising, tenderness or swelling at the injection site for a few days after the injection. Results are typically seen within 4 to 6 months.