PRP therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person's blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma encourages the hair to regrow. PRP injections can effectively treat male and female pattern baldness by preventing hair loss and promoting new hair growth. PRP can also aid in the stimulation of hair growth after hair transplants.
What is PRP? Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets are rich in growth factors that can trigger cell-reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration. To create platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a centrifuge device that rapidly spins the sample, separating the other blood components from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.
Who is a Candidate for PRP? PRP is for both men and women. The best candidates for a PRP treatment are patients who have slight to moderate hair loss. During your consultation, Dr. Blattner and his team will assess your condition and recommend the best course of action for you.
Is PRP Painful? Depending on a person's pain tolerance, they may feel mild to moderate pain with the injections. You may also experience soreness following the procedure.
What are the Side Effects? A PRP injection is a low-risk procedure and does not usually cause major side effects. However, you may experience some pinpoint bleeding, soreness, and bruising after the procedure at the injection site. Less common risks of PRP injections include tissue damage, infection, and nerve injuries.
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