Platelet-rich plasma for hair growth – what it is, how it works and results
If you’re looking for safe and painless hair replenishing therapy with little downtime, hair plasma treatment may be for you. PRP therapy is used for everything from glowing facial treatments to relieving pain but is famed for promoting hair growth.
But is this three-step non-surgical treatment right for you?
In this article:
3 to 5 sessions
Duration of results
Back to work
Full recovery time
715 SAR to 1,530 SAR
30 minutes to 1 hour
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment?
Plasma hair therapy is a non-invasive method that helps replenish hair, increase the thickness of strands, and stimulate the follicles. It involves processing the patient’s blood to extract plasma before injecting it into the target area.
As well as treating hair loss, platelet-rich plasma treatments can be used to relieve chronic pain. This is because the processed plasma can help to reduce inflammation, increase the production of healthy skin cells, and regulate bone regeneration.
How does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment work?
PRP therapy has been around since the 1970s and is an incredibly popular treatment for everything from hair loss to thrombocytopenia.
The science behind plasma hair therapy
When the blood is taken from your body, it is separated into three different parts – platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells.
The platelet-rich plasma is full of proteins that are shown to promote regeneration and healing of the hair follicles as well as collagen production, encouraging the growth of healthy, thick strands of hair.
Before the treatment
- Let your doctor know about any medication you are taking or have recently taken, including prescriptions and over the counter medication.
- Stay hydrated in the weeks before your appointment to ensure your plasma is as healthy as possible.
- Do not take aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners in the week leading up to your appointment.
- Do not use any hair products the day of your plasma hair therapy, such as hairspray or gel. But you should wash your hair using your regular shampoo.
During the treatment
PRP hair treatment typically takes between half an hour to an hour to complete and is a very straightforward process.
- Step one – your practitioner will draw a certain amount of blood from your body, usually from your arm.
- Step two – the blood will be placed in a centrifuge for 12 minutes or so to separate the blood.
- Step three – Numbing cream or an injection of lidocaine can be applied to the scalp to reduce any discomfort if preferred by the patient. Then the practitioner will then inject platelet-rich plasma into the target areas of your scalp.
As the blood used is taken from the patient, there is a very low risk of infection or other severe side effects. However, bruising, redness, minor soreness, and sensitivity around both the blood draw site and injection site are all common.
These mild symptoms should heal within five days of your treatment. If you do experience discomfort, take paracetamol, but avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and Motin for the initial three days after your platelet-rich plasma hair therapy.
Following treatment, you should:
- Avoid washing, wetting, or scrubbing the injection site for at least four hours after the procedure.
- Don’t use hair products for six hours after treatment.
- Increase your water intake and stay well hydrated for at least a week.
Refrain from using steam rooms, swimming pools and saunas for at least two days.
Is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment permanent? Plus, other things you need to know
Thinking of booking some PRP hair treatments? Here’s what you need to know before you book your consultation.
Is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment permanent?
No, plasma hair therapy is not permanent, but it is long-lasting. You’ll see results within six months of your initial treatment, but most people need to have touch-up appointments once a year. While every patient is different, most require three initial sessions every five to six weeks before moving on to annual maintenance appointments.
How much does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment cost?
While it does tend to vary from practice to practice as well as your specific needs, plasma hair therapy typically costs between 715 SAR and 1,530 SAR per session.
How can I find platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair treatment near me?
Finding a trustworthy, experienced practitioner is one of the most important steps when seeking PRP hair therapy. The easiest way to find professional treatment options near you is to use our clinic locator, which will show all the nearest practices that offer this therapy.
This is far from the only treatment available on the market for hair loss, of course. The exact type of treatment that’s best for you will depend on the extent of your hair loss as well as the reason behind it, but some of the most popular options include:
- Hair transplants – hair transplants can be lifechanging for some people and are carried out using two different techniques (FUE or FUT) to recreate a full head of hair. Results can take between six to nine months after surgery to show and they are only suitable for people who have permanent baldness – rather than the sparse patches seen with male or female pattern baldness.
- Lifestyle changes – hair loss can result from stress and vitamin deficiencies. If you believe either may be the case, visit your doctor and see what lifestyle changes you can make to rejuvenate your hair.
- Mesotherapy – non-surgical and non-invasive, mesotherapy involves a series of microinjections that stimulate hair growth and thickness.
- Minoxidil – one of very few medications that is proven to help prevent hair loss, Minoxidil is applied directly to the scalp.
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