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Does PRP for Hair Loss Work?

Is PRP an effective treatment for hair loss and what can you expect from the results?

PRP therapy is still a burgeoning technique and we get a lot of questions about it as a result. So we’re going to go through how we use PRP therapy for hair loss and the results that you might expect from it. 

What to Expect After PRP for Hair Loss

PRP therapy is a relatively non-invasive process and requires little maintenance post procedure. 

After you’ve had a session, you aren't able to wash your hair for 24 hours, and you need to leave it alone for 48 hours - e.g. no wearing hats or going for head massages. There are some reported side effects:

  • Potential swelling
  • Itching
  • Tender scalp

These are standard symptoms however but shouldn’t cause too much discomfort or affect your day to day activities. You can return to work immediately after the procedure.  

Compared to other hair loss treatments at our hair loss clinic, PRP is quite straightforward. 

In regards to the procedure and what happens next. The platelets will enrich your hair follicles and boost collagen production in your existing hair follicles. Dormant hair follicles will be revitalised and natural, healthy hair will be encouraged to grow. It also aids conditions like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and discoid lupus. 

PRP therapy should make your hair look healthy, thick and natural. It won’t do as much in the way of restoring a hairline. It will revive some dormant hair follicles, but for restoring a hairline, a  transplant would be more effective. And PRP therapy is encouraged to be taken alongside a hair transplant too, to ensure you are happy with the results.

How Many PRP Treatments Do You Need?

Unfortunately, Hair PRP therapy isn’t a one-off procedure. It’s something that you will need to do a few sessions of. It’s recommended that you do about three to five sessions of PRP therapy for the best results. You then go for an annual or biannual top-ups after that.

There’s next to zero recovery time other than the 48 hours where basically the only thing you can’t do is get a head massage, so it’s not disruptive at all.

Is PRP for Hair Loss Effective?

We can confidently say that PRP therapy is an effective treatment, but this is also contingent on the effects that you desire. If you have quite a drastic hair loss, PRP therapy won’t do what a hair transplant can do for example. 

If your hair is thinning and you want to get it looking a bit healthier, or maybe you are experiencing something specific like antenatal hair loss, PRP therapy can be very effective in restoring your hair to a place where you feel confident and comfortable with it again. 

If you need a drastic overhaul of your hair loss, we would recommend looking into hair transplants. We offer PRP therapy alongside our hair transplants so not only do you get an advanced procedure that overhauls hair loss but the PRP therapy works in tandem to keep your new hair looking thick, shiny and strong.

How Long Before You See Results?

You can actually expect to see results immediately. It works and reacts to your current hair. The platelet rich plasma immediately starts rejuvenating cells and after you wash your hair for the first time after 24 hours, you might see that it is already shiny and looking healthier already. 

You can notice a difference after just one session to give you an idea of results, but multiple sessions are recommended for best results.

Pros & Cons of PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

There are some big benefits to PRP therapy for hair loss:

  • Straightforward procedure
  • Minimal disruption to your life
  • Works fast
  • Easy to maintain
  • Very negligible side effects
  • Very effective alongside hair transplants
  • Great results
  • Good value

On the flip side, be aware of the following:

  • Not everyone will benefit from PRP therapy 
  • Only suitable for mild to moderate hair loss
  • Doesn’t treat the conditions that lead to hair loss, so needs to be topped up