What is PRP for hair loss?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss is a treatment utilising a biological product prepared from the patient’s own blood. The platelet rich plasma contains growth factors (such as TGF-beta, PDGF-AB, bFGF, IGF, VEGF and EGF) and bioactive proteins (globulin, albumin, fibrinogen), nutrients, vitamins, hormones and electrolytes which speed up tissue repair and regeneration. Through separating the plasma, the cellular components of the blood including the red blood cells and leucocytes are removed and it is these components that inhibit the repair and regeneration process. The treatment increases hair density and reduces hair loss to normal levels. Improvements are seen within 90 days, with hair growth continuing to improve in some patients over 6 months. PRP can be combined with other hair loss treatments including topical or oral minoxidil, oral finasteride, hair transplants, and supplementation with Viviscal Professional.
Results have been seen in patients with androgenetic alopecia and with alopecia areata.
What is involved in PRP for hair loss?
A small quantity of the patients own blood is collected and then treated in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the red blood cells. We use the Regen system which utilises a unique separator gel which keeps the red cells separated. The plasma is then injected in a grid pattern into the scalp. Treatment takes around one hour.
A course of treatment involves 3 sessions of PRP with one set of injections each month, over a 3 month period. Ongoing maintenance treatment every six months is recommended.
What are the risks or potential side effects of PRP for hair loss?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss is a safe treatment with no risk of infectious disease transmission as it is prepared in closed circuit from the patient’s own blood (autologous product). As PRP is prepared from patient’s own blood, adverse reactions are rare. Patients may experience slight redness and swelling.
What aftercare is required for PRP for hair loss?
Patients are advised not to wash their hair or scalp for 24 hours following treatment. Most people find the treatment isn’t painful, however if there is some discomfort paracetamol can help.
What is the cost of PRP for hair loss?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss costs £425 per session or £1,125 for a set of 3 sessions. PRP treatment is not covered by private health insurers.
Is there any preparation needed before having PRP for hair loss?
Patients are asked not to wash their hair on the day of the treatment.