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When Might PRP be Recommended as a Treatment for Hair Loss?

Could PRP be the right treatment for your hair loss? Our article discusses when PRP might be advised for our patients and who it may be most effective a treatment for.

At Hillside Hair Clinic, we offer PRP therapy as one of our treatments for hair loss. It’s a non-surgical procedure that’s not disruptive to your life and can have some impressive results. 

If hair loss is troubling you, we can help. We advise you have a consultation first to identify which treatment would be most effective for you, but in this article, we’re going to go over when PRP therapy for hair loss is recommended.  

PRP therapy will often be recommended alongside a more thorough treatment, but there are some cases where PRP therapy alone can be a good option for you to combat hair loss.

What Type of Hair Loss is PRP an Effective Treatment For


PRP therapy for hair loss is a process whereby we take a sample of blood, and put it into a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Platelets in the blood are the first on the scene when you get a graze or a cut to begin the healing process. By injecting these into your scalp we can see that it can be an effective treatment for hair loss. They have a number of growth factors within which can help with hair loss and when used alongside a hair transplant they can promote growth and improve the viability of your transplanted hair follicles. 

PRP therapy has been used for other purposes for a while, but using it to combat hair loss is relatively new. It is primarily used to help with androgenetic alopecia, which is male or female pattern baldness, or antenatal hair loss. Some studies have shown PRP injections can cause hair regrowth for those with this type of hair loss. 

Hair PRP therapy recipients tend to be male or females who have started to notice hair loss and want to try and manage the effects, or hair transplant patients. A typical PRP therapy patient might already be trying some topical products, caffeine shampoos etc. They still have a head of hair but have noticed their hair has started thinning. PRP therapy can be a great way of slowing down the hair loss process and because it’s low maintenance, the convenience of it is a big plus. 

It is also a recommended procedure for postnatal hair loss. Because it isn’t disruptive and isn’t an invasive procedure, a new mum can receive PRP therapy with ease and with next to no pain and no recovery time. 

PRP therapy can’t be administered to pregnant women, though. There is nothing that suggests it would be harmful to you or your baby, it is just taking and re-injecting a sample of your own blood after all, but as it’s a new hair loss procedure there have been no clinical trials conducted. 

PRP therapy doesn’t resolve the causes of hair loss, it simply helps with keeping your hair thick and healthy. So it’s not a comprehensive measure to stop or reverse hair loss, it’s just one tool in our repertoire for fighting it.

Can PRP be Used Simultaneously With Other Hair Loss Treatments?


PRP therapy for hair loss is often used in conjunction with a hair transplant to help ensure good results. Hair transplants are a comprehensive solution to hair loss. Results vary from patient to patient, but generally a hair transplant can completely overhaul hair loss. 

If you are having a hair transplant with us, we may recommend taking a course of PRP therapy alongside it. It will be up to you whether to take it on as well. It’s easy enough to admisniter alongside a hair transplant. It won’t extend your recovery time and the main thing is, it can help to improve results. It will help to make your new hair thick, healthy and strong. 

PRP therapy helps to promote tissue repair and also helps the viability of your transplanted hair follicles. The platelets act upon the hair follicle stem cells and can be handy both during and after the hair transplant process. For example, if your scalp hasn't taken to the transplant as well you had hoped, PRP therapy could bring it to a level you’re happy with. 

It’s not essential, as we appreciate the hair transplant can cost enough for many patients. If you can stretch to afford a course of PRP therapy alongside your hair transplant, we recommend it. We believe it is worth the extra investment, but we’ve also had plenty of patients who have been more than happy with the results of their hair transplant in its own right.

So the choice is yours. If you can’t stretch to afford it, don’t let it stop you from getting a hair transplant. If you can, we think you’ll be very happy with the results.

Other than hair transplants, you could choose to use PRP therapy alongside any of our other treatments if we think it will be beneficial. As mentioned, it’s a very straightforward and simple procedure. It takes just a few minutes and you only need to do it between three and five times to begin with. Then you just need to ‘top it up’ once or twice a year. So it can be done alongside taking finasteride or undergoing low-level laser therapy too. 

If you think that you would stand to benefit from one of our hair loss treatments at our hair clinic, get in touch today. We have a number of treatments you could benefit from, and we’d be happy to talk about your options!