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How Does PRP Therapy Work?

Learn more about what PRP therapy is and how this hair loss treatment works.

At Hillside Hair Clinic, we offer a number of treatments and procedures to help you combat whatever hair loss you are struggling with. Our hair is often one of the first things people notice about us, and whilst hair loss is a very common and natural occurrence, it can affect your confidence.

We help our patients regain that confidence and feel like themselves again. One of the ways that we do that is with PRP therapy for hair loss. PRP stands for ‘Platelet Rich Plasma’. Platelets are a component of your blood. If you’ve ever had a graze or a cut, platelets are the first to the scene to try and prevent bleeding and start healing. 

By separating platelets from your blood, they can be reapplied to your scalp and help improve natural hair growth. In this guide, we‘re going to discuss exactly how that works. 

What Does PRP Therapy Involve?

PRP therapy for hair loss is a very simple concept to understand. Platelets are a part of your blood, like red and white blood cells. PRP therapy is the process of locating these platelets, separating them and then injecting them into the areas of your scalp where you would like to encourage hair growth. 

All it involves from yourself is that we collect some of your blood and re-inject it. We use an ‘invisible needle’ for the procedure so you won’t feel the incision at all.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The process is very straightforward and goes a little something like this. First, we would begin with consultations so we can decide whether PRP therapy is the best thing for you. If we think it’ll be a good option for you, we can move onto the procedure.

Hair PRP therapy is recommended for people who are experiencing mild or moderate hair loss. We have a separate article on when PRP might be recommended and it also discusses who may typically be the best candidate for PRP therapy. A consultation is always recommended to determine the most effective hair loss treatment for your hair loss situation however. 

The procedure itself goes like this: 

  1. Using an invisible needle, some blood will be drawn from you. This will be between 20 and 30 millilitres most likely. 
  2. The blood is then put into a centrifuge. We use the most recent FDA approved centrifuge and gel separation technique. This separates the PRP from the blood and the technique we use is designed to extract the most growth factors into the sample that we take. 
  3. Your blood sample will be in the centrifuge for a matter of minutes. Once it’s ready, a series of syringes will be prepared for reinsertion into your scalp. We use an invisible needle so you should barely feel a thing. Not everyone uses invisible needles so you may hear from others that the injection is quite painful. But with our combination of local anaesthetic and fine needles, you won’t feel a thing.
  4. After the PRP is injected into the scalp, you can’t wash your hair for 24 hours and should avoid getting into contact for another 24 hours on top of that. You don’t have to take any time off work, you just can’t receive a head massage or wear a scrum cap for 48 hours, it’s not a disruptive procedure at all. 

PRP therapy isn’t permanent. It isn’t ‘curing’ your hair loss, it’s fighting against it. PRP doesn’t prevent androgenetic alopecia/pattern baldness, it is simply a way of stimulating natural hair growth in the face of it. 

There’s no initial shedding and you only need to do three to five initial sessions for the best results. After that, one or two ‘top-up’ sessions a year will suffice. 

You can keep going with PRP therapy treatment for as long as you are happy with the results. PRP is only effective to a certain extent. If you’ve lost most of your hair and you want thick, shiny hair again then you may want to look into other procedures like a hair transplant. 

What are the Side Effects?

As a non-surgical procedure, this is very low-risk and the side effects are very low risk. You face the same risks of infection, calcification and damage to blood vessels as when you get a normal injection like a flu jab.

You may experience a tender scalp afterwards, if your practitioner doesn’t use an invisible needle and local anesthetic but we take the utmost care with our [patients. There could be some minute scar tissue and there have been reports of some patients getting a headache after the session. 

Essentially, there are no adverse or worrying side effects to speak of.

Is PRP Therapy for Hair Loss Safe?

Hair PRP therapy for hair loss is very safe, and one of the most straightforward services we offer. The FDA has approved PRP therapy for orthopedics but hasn’t yet approved the procedure for hair loss as it’s a new procedure and official research is in the early stages.

That being said the FDA has approved the equipment used in the procedure so you can be assured that the process is completely safe.

If you think you would benefit from one of our hair loss treatments, then get in touch today and we’d be happy to talk it over!