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.
PRP Injections were popularized by Dr. Charles Runnels, who is credited with creating the vampire facial. The treatments have become increasingly popular in recent years. Injections into the scalp are usually about 4 weeks apart and are given in a series of 3 or more treatments depending on the results and condition.
The injections are typically not painful although you may experience a brief sting when the needle punctures the scalp. The most common side effects are soreness at the injection site and it usually lasts a few days. Costs can range from $500 to $1000 per treatment and results can be seen in 3 – 6 months.
Are the results permanent?
PRP injections for hair loss are not a permanent solution, but they can provide long-lasting results. The effects of PRP injections usually last for year, after which you will need to have additional treatments to maintain the results.
Does it work for all hair types?
PRP injections can be effective for all hair types. However, those with dark hair may see the best results, as PRP can help to increase the thickness of existing hair.
Who Performs PRP Injections?
PRP injections are usually performed by a qualified healthcare provider, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
What to Expect
Before your PRP injection, your healthcare provider will draw some blood from your arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which helps to separate the plasma from the other blood cells. The plasma is then injected into the scalp with a fine needle.
You may experience some temporary soreness or tenderness at the injection site, but this should resolve within a few days. It typically takes three to six months to see full results from PRP injections.
If you are considering PRP injections for hair loss, be sure to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to see if this treatment is right for you.