Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy is an excellent non-surgical option for hair restoration. With this therapy, patients can take control of their hair loss and regenerate hair in a completely noninvasive way. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this procedure.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a natural concentration that is derived from your own blood. The procedure involves withdrawing a patient’s blood and processing it so that only the platelet-rich plasma remains. This plasma is then injected into the scalp. The PRP contains essential proteins that help to stimulate hair growth naturally.
How does the procedure work?
The blood is drawn as it would be in your primary-care physician’s office. It is spun in a centrifuge and then injected into your scalp. It is a quick procedure with no recovery time needed; you can drive home without any assistance as no sedation or medication is required.
Is PRP painful?
No. In most cases, an anesthesia block is administered to the nerves of the scalp so that you don’t feel any pain at all. It is a non-surgical procedure with no invasive treatment or recovery time.
What are the success rates for PRP?
PRP therapy results vary for each patient. There are no guarantees of success, but preliminary studies show that many patients do respond well to PRP therapy.
Who should have PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is suggested in many different circumstances. If you are not a candidate for surgery or would like to avoid surgery, it is an excellent alternative. The choice is a personal decision and should be made together with your physician after careful research and consideration.
Who should NOT have PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is not recommended for patients with a history of heavy smoking or alcohol or drug use. Additionally, it is not recommended for patients with certain blood conditions such as thrombocytopenia, chronic liver disease, anticoagulation therapy, skin diseases, cancer and other conditions. You and your physician can decide together whether you are a candidate for PRP therapy.