PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) With Microneedling for Hair Loss
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss with up to 80% of white males & 40% of women developing it with age. Until recently, the only effective treatments were drugs such as minoxidil and finasteride, or hair transplants. Scientific studies done in recent years have shown that injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has a beneficial effect in inducing regrowth in androgenic alopecia hair loss.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune-related disease that causes patchy bald areas, & some studies have also shown improvement with PRP treatments in this type of hair loss.
Platelets, which are cells in our blood, contain different types of growth factors and PRP is the concentration of those platelets in plasma, the liquid portion of blood. The effects of PRP on hair loss are thought to be due to effects of the platelet growth factors on the hair follicles. PRP is obtained by drawing a small blood sample & then spinning the tubes to concentrate the platelets.
Rather than inject the PRP into the scalp with a syringe, our estheticians use microneedling, which is an almost painless technique, to apply the PRP. Microneedling produces thousands of tiny punctures in the scalp with a specific depth, through which the PRP can travel down to the hair follicles. There’s no down time or special aftercare instructions.
PRP scalp treatments are usually initially done in a series of 3 monthly sessions, with touchups recommended yearly or more often if desired.