Hair Loss Specialist

Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Therapies & Aesthetics located in Saginaw, MI

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection treatment that uses the parts of a person’s own blood to stimulate hair growth. A small quantity of blood is drawn from the patient. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate its main components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma and Plasma). The platelet rich plasma is separated from the rest of the blood and then activated with a small amount of calcium to signal the growth factors to begin working. This in turn amplifies the healing process. A growth factor is capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation and healing. PRP is then injected into the thinning areas of the scalp. The injection causes a mild inflammation that triggers the body's natural response for the platelets to begin the healing process. This healing process restores damaged tissue and hair follicles to promote hair growth. Treatments are done in a series of 3, 4 weeks apart, and then every 6 months- 1 year (depending on the response).

Hair Restoration with PRP Q & A

What is hair restoration with PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection treatment that uses the parts of a person’s own blood to stimulate hair growth. A small quantity of blood is drawn from the patient. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate its main components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma and Plasma). The platelet rich plasma is separated from the rest of the blood and then activated with a small amount of calcium to signal the growth factors to begin working. This in turn amplifies the healing process. A growth factor is capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation and healing. PRP is then injected into the thinning areas of the scalp. The injection causes a mild inflammation that triggers the body's natural response for the platelets to begin the healing process. This healing process restores damaged tissue and hair follicles to promote hair growth. Treatments are done in a series of 3, 4 weeks apart, and then every 6 months- 1 year (depending on the response).

How does PRP help with hair loss?

PRP is being used more and more in medical and cosmetic procedures. Research has shown that PRP restores hair growth by stimulating the stem cells to the area, helps to develop new blood vessels and prevents further degeneration of hair follicles.

Does it work?

In 2019, a team of researchers completed a systematic review of PRP on hair loss. They retrieved 132 papers which included 262 androgenic alopecia patients. Through this analysis, the researchers found that the treatment of PRP for hair restoration and hair loss locally increased the patient’s hair numbers per cm2 for those that completed the treatment versus the control group that did not receive the treatment (Mao, Zhang & Fan, 2019).

Another review examined findings of 19 studies to investigate PRP as a treatment for hair loss. This analysis included 460 people and reported that PRP treatments for hair restoration demonstrated successful hair growth in androgenic and alopecia areata (Hesseler, & Shyam, 2019).

Will it Help Me?

According to the research, the best candidates for hair restoration with PRP are those who have recently begun loosing hair, PRP has not been found effective for those who are completely bald as it won’t regrow all lost hair. This is a treatment option for those that have thinning hair, receding hair lines and those diagnosed with androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata. A consultation is the best way to determine if this is a treatment option for you!.