What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP) is a part of your blood. If you take a blood sample and spin it fast in a centrifuge it will break down into three parts: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.

PRP is made up of plasma (the liquid part of blood) and a dense concentration of platelets. Platelets are complex cells that perform several important functions in the body such as wound healing and blood clotting. They also have immunity boosting properties, secrete growth hormones that tell your cells how to behave, and assist in tissue regrowth.

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The Benefits of PRP Injections

PRP injections are a popular treatment option for hair loss. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a substance that is derived from your own blood. PRP contains growth factors which when injected into the scalp promote hair growth. The injections are typically considered safe as a treatment for hairloss, and side effects are minimal. You should always consult with a health care provider before determining if this is the right treatment for you.

Can PRP Treat Hair Loss?

The simple answer is that there isn’t enough scientific evidence to say for sure whether PRP can help you develop new hair or keep the hair you already have. Here is a summary of some encouraging findings from studies on PRP and hair loss:

Injecting 2 to 3 cubic centimeters of PRP into the scalp once every two weeks for three months increased the average number of follicles from 71 to 93 units, according to a 2014 study of 11 patients with androgenic alopecia. Although the sample size of this study precludes drawing any firm conclusions, it does suggest that PRP may be able to enhance the amount of hair follicles which can actively sustain healthy hair.

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