Dr. Donovan's Daily Hair Loss Blog (2011-2019)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) FOR HAIR LOSS




What are platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections?



Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, as it relates to hair loss, refers to the use of a patients own platelet cells and plasma from their blood to stimulate hair growth. Platelets are a part of our blood cells and they are rich in various growth factors and cytokines that have the 'potential' to stimulate hair growth. PRP is finding its way into may parts of medicine including orthopedic medicine (i.e.  tendon injuries) as well as numerous other applications in sports medicine.  

As part of the program, Dr. Donovan will help answer many questions about the use of PRP in the treatment of hair loss, including:

What is PRP? Are there different types?

How do they differ?

Which type of PRP has been studied for hair loss? Is it safe?

Am I a very good candidate for PRP?

How often does PRP treatment need to be given?


Information on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Women

Platelet-rich plasma,  abbreviated as PRP, is increasingly being used in medical treatments around the world. PRP has been used by physicians since the 1990′s in various areas of medicine. PRP is increasingly being accepted as a bona-fide hair loss treatment. PRP treatments involve preparing a small amount of the patient’s own blood into a powerful serum to help initiate hair growth.   It is a non-surgical approach that takes advantage of the  growth promoting components of blood. PRP is rich in numerous growth factors that stimulate hair follicles. 


How is a PRP session conducted?

The Basics of the PRP Procedure

A single PRP session takes approximately 45-60 minutes. The following steps outline the process:

1. A patient’s blood is taken from the arm similar to getting a blood test

2. The patient’s blood is processed into the platelet fraction and the nutrients in the platelets.

3. The patient’s scalp is "numbed up" with local freezing medications.

4. The platelet rich components (PRP) are injected back into the scalp


What proportion of patient's benefit from PRP?

A recent survey of PRP experts confirmed that approximately 50-70% of patients will experience some degree of improvement. Around 20%-30% will not have improvement. 


When are improvements seen?

Improvements are seen about 4-6 months after the PRP injection session.


How often are PRP sessions repeated?

After the first session, a booster session is done at month 3 followed by PRP every 6 months. So there are three PRP session in the first year and 2 in the second and subsequent years.


What is the cost of PRP sessions?


The following are the fees for PRP Injections:

1 session: $ 1,500 + tax

2 session package: $ 2,800 + tax

4 session package ( $ 5,500 + tax)



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