What Is PRP?
First, let’s dive into the basics of PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma. To begin, plasma is one element of your blood; other parts include red and white blood cells. Your plasma is then made up of disc-like cells that are called platelets that contain several kinds of proteins called cytokines and growth factors. It is these specific proteins that are responsible for cell and tissue repair. PRP is a highly-concentrated dose of platelets that when injected into the body is able to initiate healing and rejuvenation.
How Does PRP Facilitate Hair Regrowth?
Because PRP is able to heal the body by repairing cells and rebuilding tissue, it can be used to treat the real cause of your hair loss and thinning, which is your aged or damaged hair follicles. While there are various causes of hair loss, including genetics, trauma, and medication, the real culprits are hair follicles that no longer produce healthy hair. PRP is able to heal these hair follicles by flooding them with growth factors and nutrients. Once healed, they will then be able to produce hair.
How Is PRP Therapy Treatment Done?
The PRP therapy treatment is simple and easy. The first step will be a blood draw. Once we obtain your sample, we will then use a centrifuge to separate the different parts of your blood and extract your platelet-rich plasma. Then, we add your PRP to a serum full of nutrients and activators and inject it into the area or areas of your scalp where there is hair loss or thinning.
Is There Downtime with PRP Therapy?
Unlike other hair regrowth methods, there is no set downtime with PRP therapy. This treatment is minimally-invasive and non-surgical, requiring only the blood draw and the injections. You can have this treatment done and then resume your normal activities right away with no issues or problems.
Are There Side Effects with PRP Therapy?
No, there are no major side effects associated with PRP. You may experience some redness or tenderness at the injection site, but that should go away within 24 hours. There is also no risk of an allergic reaction.