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Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Posted on July 14th, 2021

Over time, both genders can suffer from hair thinning and hair loss. Approximately 30 million women and 50 million men have some hair loss in their lifetime. This is common when the individual turns 50, is under stress or even postpartum. Some of the hundreds of treatments for hair loss are based on solid science and more successful and reliable than others.

PRP, or “platelet-rich plasma”, is derived from your blood prior to being injected into your scalp. This has the potential to help your bodily tissues heal including follicles for hair growth. A centrifuge is used to extract your PRP and separate the substances resulting in specific proteins for healing.

According to research, PRP may be a solution for male pattern baldness. MDSkin Lounge | MDSkin Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona offers PRP hair restoration treatments.

Is PRP Effective for Hair Loss?

The science regarding PRP is not 100 percent conclusive regarding preserving or growing hair.

The results are promising including:

2014 Study

The study included 11 participants with androgenic alopecia. The results showed an injection of two to three cubic PRP centimeters every two weeks into the scalp for three months could increase the number of hair follicles from 71 units to 93.

 

2015 Study

During this study, 10 participants received an injection of PRP every two to three weeks. After three months, the improvements included hair root strength, hair thickness and the number of hairs.

2019 Study

This six-month study compared hair treatments among two groups of 20. One group received PRP injections, the other Rogaine or minoxidil. Of the 30 participants completing the study, PRP was more effective for hair loss than Rogaine.

The belief is that PRP contains proteins providing functions enabling hair regrowth.

Is PRP a Permanent Solution?

You will require several visits to see results. Once this happens, you will need a touch-up at least once a year for maintenance and new hair growth.

Potential PRP Side Effects

Potential side effects include:

  • Blood vessel scalp injury
  • Injection site infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Scar tissue calcification at the injection site
  • Anesthesia side effects including confusion and muscle aches

Your results are dependent on your overall health, blood platelet levels and hair health. Platelet-rich plasma shows promise as a treatment for several types of hair loss including androgenic alopecia. A significant improvement is possible after several sessions at MDSkin Lounge | MDSkin Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona.

PRP: The Bottom Line

The research behind PRP regarding hair loss is promising. It’s difficult to determine the results each individual will experience because many of the studies involve a small group of less than 40. The platelet concentration in your blood must also be rich enough for your PRP hair restoration therapy to be effective.

Schedule a Consultation

Find out if you are a good candidate for PRP by having the health of your hair checked and having your blood tested. You can take advantage of the benefits of PRP hair restoration by filling out a contact form online and scheduling your consultation at MDSkin Bar and Lounge.