PRP Injections for Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

Studies on platelet-rich plasma and the use of PRP injections to remedy hair loss is relatively new to the world of dermatology. While clinical studies have been carried out for several years and have suggested that PRP therapy is effective with different growth factors, many dermatologists have only recently begun to try it in their practices. Because of this, not much is known about the PRP treatment unless you do some deep research into the topic.

Luckily for you, we have the answers you would have otherwise had to search for. We will go over a few frequently asked questions in order to help you make an informed decision before pursuing with PRP injections. This article will cover the following:

PRP Therapy

PRP stands for “platelet-rich plasma.” Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the best rich plasma your blood has to offer because it heals injuries faster, encourages growth factors, and also increases levels of collagen and stem cells—these are naturally produced in the body to keep you looking young and fresh. In this case, those growth factors are used to help regrow thinning hair. 

How the Procedure Is Done

PRP injections are done in three steps:

  1. To carry out the therapy, your own blood is drawn, likely from your arm.
  2. That blood is then placed into a centrifuge to spin down into three layers: plasma rich in platelets, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells. The PRP will be used, and the rest will be tossed.
  3. That PRP or “blood injection” is then injected into your scalp with a syringe after a local anesthetic has been applied.

Who Can Benefit from PRP Injections?

PRP injections can benefit a wider range of people than you may have initially thought. These plasma injections are platelet rich and can potentially help the following groups:

Dos and Don’ts for PRP Injections

There are certain actions that you should take before and after the procedure is carried out. The same is true for things that you shouldn’t do if you want to see results and minimize the chances of experiencing negative side effects.

Pre-Procedure Dos

Post-Procedure Dos

Pre-Procedure Don’ts

Post-Procedure Don’ts

The Recovery Period after PRP Injections

Every procedure has a recovery period. While yours will not prevent you from doing most normal activities, the side effects and pain in the scalp will abate usually after three to four weeks. It should be completely gone after three to six months.

The Side Effects Post-PRP

You need to know that you may be at risk for some negative side effects following PRP injections. While most of these are not serious, you should consult your dermatologist if they persist or worsen.

How Effective Is the PRP Procedure?

While case studies have proven patient satisfaction with PRP injections in the past, it is not quite as beneficial to all people.

For example, people with chronic diseases and thyroid imbalances may not see results over time. This is because cosmetic surgery will not fix the underlying issues. The hair will continue to fall out no matter what. In these cases, other treatments may be more effective, some not even being dermatological. In cases of thyroid disease, oral medications may resolve the issue instead.

Will Insurance Cover PRP Injections?

This will vary from company to company, but many insurance policies do not cover cosmetic surgery. Regardless of the underlying cause, PRP injections are not typically considered medically necessary. Therefore, you may be paying out of pocket for these treatments.

Depending on where you go, injections can reach several thousand dollars per every 3-4 injections. The maintenance costs will be about the same and they should be done every four to six months.

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Coastal Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology

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