What is PRP Hair Injections?
Are you unhappy with thinning hair, or feel that a thicker head of hair would increase your self-esteem and confidence? If so, PRP hair injections can help. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair injections are a natural treatment option for those who wish to achieve a thicker and fuller head of hair. Because these treatments use the patient’s own tissues, PRP injections are safe and natural, so side effects are rare. This treatment has also become a popular complementary treatment to hair transplants, as PRP injections can accelerate the growth of transplanted hair by also thickening existing hair.
The PRP Hair Injection Treatment
PRP therapy for hair loss is a three-step process. This includes the following steps:
- Your blood will be drawn from your arm similarly to a regular blood draw at your doctor’s office.
- The blood will then be placed into a machine called a centrifuge that will rapidly spin to separate the blood into three layers. These layers include platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
- The platelet-rich plasma will then be placed into syringes and injected into the areas of the scalp where you desire increased hair growth.
PRP therapy usually consists of three treatments every 4–6-weeks, with maintenance sessions every 4-6 months. However, this may differ from patient to patient depending on individual goals.
PRP Hair Injection Recovery
Following PRP injections for hair growth, patients should avoid washing their hair for 48 hours. The treatment area may be sore for a couple of days, and mild bruising may occur. Over-the-counter pain medications can help to ease any discomfort. Hair coloring treatments can usually be resumed after one week. Results are most noticeable after about six months, though repeat treatments are often needed to maintain improvement in hair growth. Dr. Erwin will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for the treatment area after PRP injections to ensure the best possible results. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any post-treatment questions or concerns.
PRP Hair Injection FAQs
Does PRP grow new hair?
Does PRP restore hair?nPRP therapy results in hair restoration by stimulating the growth of new hair from previously dormant follicles, strengthening and thickening your existing hairs.
Will PRP thicken my hair?
Yes, PRP can thicken the hair by improving blood flow to the hair follicles. This helps increase the diameter of hairs and the density of hair growth.
How long does it take for PRP to work on hair?
Patients should begin to notice results within 3 weeks of their treatment. Injections are given in a series, most patients will see cumulative results after each treatment.
What are the side effects of PRP?
The main risks of PRP include local infection and pain at the site of the injection. However, when performed by a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Erwin, these side effects are rare. You will receive specific aftercare instructions from your provider after your procedure.
Who should not get PRP?
Individuals who have a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections should not undergo this treatment.
Who is a Candidate for PRP Hair Injections?
Adults who are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss who desire a thicker, fuller head of hair can often benefit from PRP hair injections. However, those taking blood thinners, are heavy smokers, have certain chronic infections, or other disorders may not be candidates for this treatment. The best way to determine if PRP for hair loss is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Erwin. During this meeting, you can discuss your concerns regarding hair loss and she can recommend the best treatment option for you.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about PRP hair injections to improve hair growth, contact our office today by calling (979) 612-2761 or completing the online form! Our team will be more than happy to help you schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Erwin, as well as answer any questions that you may have. We want to ensure that each of our patients is fully informed regarding their treatment of choice.