PRP for Hair Growth
Platelets are a component of blood that function to form clots at wound sites and aid in the natural healing process. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets extracted from blood. It is commonly used for wound healing after hair restoration surgery, as a storage solution for hair grafts, and is now being considered as a stand-alone therapy for hair loss.
A small amount of your blood is collected to produce platelet rich plasma. This is injected, sprayed or laid into donor site incisions from where hair grafts are obtained or the recipient sites that have been prepared to receive these grafts. This promotes healing, reduces scarring and facilitates uptake of grafts. When used for treatment of hair loss, it is injected into the scalp at balding areas every 3 to 9 months.
As with most treatments, platelet rich plasma is rarely associated with risks and complications such as bruising from where the blood is drawn out, temporary hair loss, and a headache immediately after the procedure (which can easily be controlled by medication).