Another very important application of PRP is for hair regeneration. Both male and female hair loss can be reversed by using platelet-rich plasma. The procedure takes fewer than 90 minutes to perform in the office. After local numbing is attained, your own platelets are injected over the entire scalp or in specific areas that have evidence of thinning. PRP can even be locally injected into smaller areas–such as the eyebrows or beard. This is followed by a microneedle technique over the entire treatment area while additional PRP is worked into the scalp.
There can be mild swelling of the forehead 1-2 days after injections, but this typically resolves within 48 hours. Ibuprofen can help with any residual discomfort. New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 4-8 months. Results have been maintained for up to 2 years in many patients, without additional injections.
Conditions that respond well to this treatment include Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, Hypotrichosis of the eyebrows or beard, Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and various metabolic causes of hair loss, such as iron deficiency and medication induced hair loss.