If you're looking for a way to fill in thin spots in your hair, PRP hair restoration might be the solution. This involves using plasma that's drawn from your blood, so the risk of complications is low. PRP hair restoration stimulates your hair to regrow thicker. However, this can take months since the hair has to grow out to see results. Here's more to know.
How PRP Is Collected
Platelet-rich plasma comes from your blood. You'll have a blood sample taken from your arm like you've had done for blood tests before. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge and spun at a high speed until the components of your blood separate.
The cells are heavier, so they collect at the bottom. Plasma settles on the top, and the portion of the plasma that's concentrated with platelets is in the lower portion of the plasma which makes it easy to extract so it can be injected into your scalp.
How PRP Is Injected
PRP hair restoration involves injecting the platelet-rich plasma into your scale toward the base of your hair follicles. You'll get multiple injections on each visit. To keep this from being painful, your doctor will put numbing cream on your scalp several minutes before the injections are done so your scalp is numb.
Your provider will probably recommend multiple treatment sessions spaced weeks apart so you get the best results, but you might notice your hair starting to fill in after a few weeks.
PRP hair restoration can be done alone and it can also be done along with hair transplant surgery. Your doctor will discuss the right choice depending on your type of hair loss and its severity.
How PRP Hair Restoration Works
The platelets in your blood contain growth factors. By concentrating the growth factors and injecting them into your scalp, the cells in your hair follicles are stimulated to regrow hair. If successful, your hair should regrow naturally, just as it did before your hair thinned and was lost.
This allows you to have the treatments anywhere on your body where you have hair loss. Rather than replacing lost hair with hair from another section of your scalp, the growth factors cause hair to regenerate. PRP therapy is a type of regenerative therapy that helps your body restore normal function that was lost.
PRP hair restoration isn't suitable for all types of hair loss, but it can be used on men and women. A doctor needs to evaluate your hair first and determine if the treatments are suitable for your condition. You may be asked to follow a specific diet and avoid certain supplements before the treatments and during your recovery phase.