PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
What is platelet-rich plasma?
PRP is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. A small amount of blood is drawn and the red cells are isolated from the platelet-rich plasma.
Are there any risks?
Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. Nevertheless, before any treatment, disclose all the medications you are taking (including herbs) to your doctor.
How does the PRP process work?
First, the practitioner draws an amount of blood similar to what is required for a basic lab test. Second, the practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. Third, the platelet-rich plasma is activated to release growth factors and signaling proteins.
How long does the procedure take?
The entire procedure usually takes 30 minutes or less to perform in your health care provider’s office.
How many PRP treatments are needed for hair loss?
The number of treatments needed depends on each individual patient’s needs and your provider’s treatment plan. As a stand-alone therapy, we recommend a series of at least three sessions spaced four-six weeks apart for optimal results.
Is the treatment painful?
There may be some temporary discomfort during the injections, and occasional redness and bruising immediately following the treatment that resolves quickly.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no known side effects reported to date. Some patients may experience some mild irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection sites. These are temporary side effects and typically resolve within two days.
How long do the effects of PRP for hair loss last?
The longevity of the results of PRP treatments vary based on the extent of the procedure, areas treated, number of sessions, and the nature of the cause of the hair loss.
Can someone be allergic to PRP?
There is virtually no risk of allergic reaction. In addition, no allergic reactions have been reported to date. Our PRP process is used to rapidly collect and isolate a patient’s own PRP for injection and contains no animal or synthetic products.