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Non-surgical Options for Men WiTH HAIR LOSS

(For information on our PRP Program for Women, please visit the link to our Women's PRP PROGRAM)


Information on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Male Pattern Hair Loss


Our Whistler location serves as key centre for PRP research & treatments in Canada. We not only continue to offer PRP treatments to patients but also are active in researching new methods of using PRP to treat hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma,  abbreviated '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 and our centre has grown to be a large provider of PRP treatments for men and women from central and eastern Canada. We have a number of unique protocols that we believe optimize outcomes for a variety of different hair loss conditions (genetic hair loss, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium).   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. 

PRP is not helpful in all men with hair loss, but is certainly helpful in a proportion of men with hair thinning. In carefully selected patients, current estimates suggest that a benefit is attained in at least 50 % of men. For some men, it can provide a good option when hair transplantation is not possible (i.e. crown hair loss in men under 35) or when medications like finasteride or minoxidil can't be used.  A short video on PRP (courtesy of Cytomedix) shows the key steps in PRP therapy.  read more.





How is a PRP session conducted?


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% of patients will experience some degree of improvement. Many patients 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?

A booster PRP session is done again at month 3 followed by sessions every 3-6 months. In other words, 3-4 treatment sessions are performed per year.


What is the fee for PRP therapy at Donovan Medical?


Our fee is $ 1,500 + tax per session. We offer reduced rates according to the following grid:

2 session package: $ 2,800 + tax

4 session package: $ 5,500 + tax


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