What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
By taking advantage of your body’s remarkable healing abilities, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is becoming one of the most effective, scientifically proven hair loss treatments. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a serum created from your own blood; it’s filled with a concentration of cells called platelets, which are an important healing component of your blood. Platelets are made up of growth factors, proteins and cytokines—all things that help you repair damage and recover from wounds.
Think of platelets as the “quarterbacks” of your body’s healing system; they play an incredibly vital role by releasing growth factors and encouraging your body’s repair response. They’re so effective that they’ve been used for treatments ranging from healing sports injuries to heart transplants. Now, they’re being used to stimulate hair follicles using your body’s natural healing processes.
How is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) made?
First, a small amount of your blood is extracted from your arm. Then that sample is run through a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. That’s exactly what PRP is: a serum of your plasma filled with concentrated amounts of platelets and all its healing components.
PRP is always paired with microneedling, but it can also be applied in multiple ways:
PRP Therapy is a multi-step combination of microneedling and the application of the PRP serum. First, PRP is injected into the scalp, then microneedling is administered to cause micro-injuries that trigger your body’s regeneration process. These micro-injuries also work as channels that reach deep into your skin to deliver the next round of the treatment—more PRP serum that’s applied topically to the scalp. The combination of treatments encourages hair thickening and slows downs or stops the process of hair loss.
Supporting Hair Transplants
Part of what makes a successful hair transplant is how well the grafts and your tissue heals together.
Because they’re excellent at helping new grafts heal into their new location, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is actually used in every hair transplant procedure at the Anderson Center. PRP is like fertilizer for your lawn; thanks to its advanced healing powers, your grafts are less likely to experience shock and have a higher success rate.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Risks
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) serum comes straight from your body, so there’s no need to worry about an allergic reaction. For extra peace of mind, the Anderson Center for Hair only uses the Harvest PRP System, which was independently given the Certificate of Sterility by research scientists at the Harvard Immune Diseases Institute in Boston, MA. That means you’ll get your procedure done only with the most sterile techniques and upmost infection prevention.
Since PRP treatments don’t require any surgery or suturing, there’s no recovery period. It’s over in 60 minutes and can be done in the office. You can go home and resume daily activity almost immediately. It’s one of the perks of having an all-natural, non-invasive procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Results
Everybody heals in a different way, so your results will really depend on how you heal. PRP therapy can start to show results as soon as 2-3 months, but you can repeat the procedure every 4-6 months depending on fast your treatment is working.