Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair growth is a natural injectable treatment that stimulates hair follicles to promote hair growth and regeneration.
The benefits of PRP Hair Growth
Injecting combined with micro-needling PRP into the scalp can boost blood supply to the follicle. It helps to activate natural hair growth and can make the hair shaft thicker. Some of the reasons that it's an ideal option for hair loss are that PRP can increase hair count, encourages thickness and can extend the hair cycle's growth stage.
Because the treatment uses your own blood, you don't have to worry about being at risk of a communicable disease. You'll grow your own hair naturally. Therefore, it can be an effective and safe way to regrow hair for suitable candidates with hair loss.
Commonly Asked Questions About
PRP Hair Growth
How Does It Work?
A PRP injection for hair loss works by causing the blood to stimulate hair growth. Hair follicles survive in the nutrients they receive from the blood. If platelets are introduced by administering a PRP injection in the area affected, it will amplify the body’s natural ability to heal wounds. The same principle helps stimulate the follicle growth, and prevent hair loss.
PRP for hair growth is used to treat the scalp.
What Do I Need to Do For Preparation?
Cease taking oral corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) two weeks prior
Cease taking any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen, Voltaren, Celebrex, Mobic), ten days prior
Avoid or minimise alcohol consumption, blood-thinning medications (e.g. aspirin) and supplements that increase bruising (e.g. fish oils, ginseng, omega 3 and 6, vitamin E, multi-vitamins), one week prior
Cease any topical medications and high strength cosmeceuticals containing vitamin A, retinol and glycolic acid, one week prior
Avoid microdermabrasion, aggressive peels and exfoliants two days prior
On the day of treatment, drink at least one litre of water and refrain from excessive exercise to assist with blood collection
Note: do not cease prescribed medications without first consulting with your general practitioner.
What Is The Procedure?
Prior to your first treatment, your clinician will consult with you to assess your suitability for PRP for hair rejuvenation and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
The procedure involves a small amount of blood being drawn, which is then centrifuged to separate the components. The platelet rich plasma component is then administered to the treatment area via a series of injections. The injections may sting for a few seconds. A numbing agent may be applied 15 minutes prior to minimise discomfort
Who Is Not Suitable?
Has a platelet disorder and / or blood disorder
Is currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment
Has an acute and chronic infection
Has skin disease
Is a smoker
Has liver infection
Has a severe systemic or metabolic condition/ disorder
Is undergoing anti‐coagulation therapy
Has received an injection of long acting steroids at the PRP injection site within the past six weeks
Is pregnant or breastfeeding
Is under the age of 18 years
If you are unsure, contact your clinic.
- Refrain from washing your hair for the first 12 hours. This will allow the platelets to activate and commence the skin rejuvenation process.
- Refrain from strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours
- Take paracetamol and/or codeine if required, but avoid aspirin for two days
- Avoid supplements that may increase bruising (e.g. fish oil) for two days
- Avoid inflammatory medication (e.g. Nurofen), topical gels (e.g. Voltaren) and oral steroids (e.g. Prednisone) for ten days
Who Is The Candidate?
Candidates for this treatment may include people with:
General hair thinning
Stress-related hair loss
Your medical history will be reviewed and your scalp will be examined during your consultation to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Are The Results Immediate?
No, unfortunately not. New hair growth may be seen as early as 2 months but is typically more evident at around the 5-8 month mark. Results will continue to improve for up to 12 months.
What Can I Expect After The Treatment?
Since this is not a surgical procedure, no recovery time is necessary. With that being said, some patients do prefer to go home after their treatment and prefer to return to work the next day. Several hours after treatment, patients will be able to shower and wash and style their hair as usual. If swelling and inflammation are still present after several days, it’s best to get in touch with us.