So many of us struggle from natural hair thinning and hair loss. In fact, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, approximately 56 million adults in the United States are affected by hair loss. Hair loss can be a source of self-consciousness or embarrassment and, up until recently, few non-surgical treatments offered total hair restoration.
Recently, Platelet-Rich Plasma-PRP- has become a popular regenerative treatment in the world of dermatology. The most well-known PRP treatment has been that of PRP microneedling, but use of PRP extends well beyond that. PRP is now a popular treatment for hair restoration, improving hair thickness and reducing hair shedding. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is an expert in PRP treatment and was one of the first dermatologists to incorporate PRP into her private NYC practice. PRP has been a boon to patients with hair loss, delivering improved hair growth and hair thickness with her PRP hair restoration patients.
If you’re frustrated by thinning hair or hair loss, Dr. Green is here to help. Contact our New York office today to learn how PRP hair treatment can work for you.
Non-invasive solutions for hair restoration
Up until recently, the only available non-surgical solutions for hair growth or hair restoration were topical treatments like minoxidil (Rogaine) or oral medications like oral finasteride (Propecia). However, the constant upkeep, unpleasant side effects, and often inconsistent results from these treatments can often make patients feel frustrated in their hair regrowth process. Though oral medications and topical treatments can be a useful approach for some, many patients dealing with male-pattern hair loss can deal with side effects (such as erectile dysfunction). Additionally, patients dealing with female-pattern hair loss are often either contraindicated for or uninterested in taking hormonal or anti-androgenic therapies.
PRP therapy for hair growth has become an innovative treatment for patients dealing with androgenic alopecia, (male-pattern hair loss), as well as female-pattern hair loss and thinning hair along the top of the head. Platelet rich plasma has been proven as an effective regenerative treatment for a myriad of health and wellness concerns, from orthopedics to endodontics to dermatology. PRP hair restoration is a safe, natural, and simple way to improve hair growth without the need for invasive surgery or downtime.
Before & After Photos of PRP Treatment on Male Hair (3 months and 10 months) – View additional information about PRP Hair Treatment for Men
What are PRP injections for hair loss?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a popular new and non-surgical method of hair loss treatment and hair restoration for women and men. What PRP does is use your own blood supply in a way that only the enriched cells that contain various types of proteins remain. During PRP injection treatment, a standard blood draw occurs. The blood is spun in a centrifuge in which the highly concentrated PRP is separated from the other components of the blood (such as red blood cells).
This platelet-rich plasma, which contains helpful white blood cells and platelets rich in growth factors, can then be injected into areas of the scalp that are experiencing hair loss, extreme hair shedding, or thinning hair. Dr Green applies a topical anesthetic to the scalp an hour before the procedure, to minimize any minor discomfort from the injections. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes from the time your blood is drawn until the PRP is injected into your scalp, and no downtime is required post-treatment.
6 months before and after
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of platelets that is 3x the normal blood value, and contains many growth factors that stimulate hair follicles and can safely be performed up to every month, based on how much hair growth is required. PRP is a great solution for hair loss in both men and women, especially when hair transplant surgery is not an option. PRP injections can stimulate new hair growth in men who suffer from androgenetic alopecia (known as male pattern baldness) and women who suffer from female pattern baldness.
What are the benefits of PRP therapy?
The Platelets in the PRP contain proteins that are needed in order to promote the rate of tissue healing and regeneration within inactive hair follicles. Inside these platelets are a variety of intracellular structures such as glycogen (a form of glucose), lysosomes (which break down the proteins), and alpha granules (which contain clotting and growth factors that get released during the cell repair process). Platelet-rich plasma-derived growth factors can also play a part in stem cell differentiation within the wound healing process of the musculoskeletal system.
In particular, the PRP specific cells that cause hair growth include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): for blood vessel, cell and skin formation
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF): For blood vessel formation
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b): For a growth matrix between cells, bone metabolism
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): Cell growth, collagen and blood vessel formation
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2): Blood vessel and specialized cell growth
- Insulin Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1): Also known as Somatomedin C, a protein regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body and has anabolic effects in adults
PRP is a very modern procedure that has been used elsewhere as a method of healing injuries. It is often also used as a cosmetic treatment for the face too, and of course as a popular hair procedure for men and women.
Do PRP injections work for hair loss?
In multiple studies through the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, patients suffering from hair loss were found to benefit from PRP injections. The PRP hair restoration treatment led to a significant local increase in hair number, extended growth phase, and improved hair thickness. Though the treatment is not yet FDA-approved, there is scientific proof that the treatment is beneficial for hair strength and new hair growth at and around a PRP injection site.
The science behind PRP uses proven benefits of PRP to naturally promote new cellular growth. PRP is directly involved in regenerative healing within the body. PRP growth factors can thus influence hair growth and can in fact restore hair follicles, in turn improving the look and feel of a patient’s hair.
How many PRP injections work for hair loss?
Though of course the number of PRP treatments varies depending on the hair condition and aesthetic goals of the individual patient, a typical patient will do three sessions of PRP therapy. Further treatments will be evaluated at the end of the fourth month (after the third PRP treatment).The sessions are typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and Dr. Green personally performs all consultations and injections. PRP treatments can also be used in tandem with hair transplantation to help accelerate hair growth. At your initial consultation with Dr. Green, you will be able to discuss all hair treatment options, including PRP injections. Dr. Green will use her expertise to provide the best medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment available for hair loss.
Does PRP work for frontal hair loss?
In recent studies in the journals Dermatologic Surgery and International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, PRP has been indicated as an effective treatment for hair loss. This hair growth and improvement has been demonstrated with patients who experience both androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata, which is defined as unpredictable hair loss in patches all over the scalp. Based on these significant studies, as well as those in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Men’s Journal, PRP is considered an effective treatment for hair loss throughout the scalp.
Male PRP treatment, 6 months
How much does PRP for hair loss cost?
Costs vary based on your need. Typically, PRP procedures are once a month for an average of three sessions, and the price is dependent on the amount of injections needed to cover the areas of the scalp that are demonstrating hair loss. This cost can range from $500-$2,000 per treatment. When you meet with Dr. Green for your initial consultation, she can help you to develop a hair restoration treatment plan that balances your needs and budget.
Is PRP for hair loss covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, as PRP hair restoration is considered a cosmetic procedure, PRP for hair loss is not covered by health insurance. For more information, it’s best to contact your insurance company directly to ascertain coverage.
How long does PRP take to work for hair loss?
Many patients come into their initial consultation with Dr. Green wondering, how fast does PRP work for hair loss? Of course, any results will vary depending on the nature of hair loss and desired results of each patient. However, the majority of patients see initial improved hair thickness and hair growth several weeks after treatment. Optimal results from PRP injections are apparent, on average, about 5-6 months after treatment.
How Long Does PRP last for hair loss?
This varies per patient too, but typically patients will engage with maintenance treatments if they respond well to the initial PRP treatment plan. More info about how long PRP treatments can last is available here.
Are there any potential side effects to PRP Treatment?
PRP has been used to restore skin and tissue in patients for several years. However, the hair restoration procedure is relatively new. Within the published studies that have reported improvement in hair growth, recovery from all procedures is easily tolerated. Common side effects include mild soreness and/or discomfort at the injection sites. Additionally, patients who are currently on any kind of blood thinner cannot undergo PRP treatment.
There is essentially no downtime required post-treatment, but Dr. Green recommends patients avoid exercise day-of, and any alcohol consumption or smoking should be avoided for at least 3 days. It’s also best to wait a full day before washing your hair post-treatment. In order to ensure the best possible outcome from PRP treatment, all previous medical history should be discussed with Dr. Green before starting the treatment, as well as a full assessment of the nature of the hair loss.
Can PRP make hair loss worse?
Not all patients are good candidates for PRP hair restoration. For this reason, it’s very important to discuss your medical history and have your current hair loss measured and observed by Dr. Green during your initial consultation. In rare cases, patients can experienced telogen effluvium, or hair thinning due to shock, after an initial PRP injection. However, this effect subsides after the first PRP treatment. If you have suffered from scarring alopecia in the past, PRP injections may not be the best hair growth treatment for you.
PRP to scalp for hair loss – after 3 treatments
Before & After Photos of PRP Treatment on Female Hair- View additional information about PRP Hair Treatment for Women
Find out more about PRP Hair treatment and contact Dr. Michele Green at her NYC office – either via phone: +1-212-535-3088 or fill out the form below to see if this is the right solution for your hair loss.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
A good candidate for PRP hair restoration is a patient who is showing signs of thinning hair or hair loss. Typically, candidates who have experienced hair loss more recently, or who are dealing with early hair loss, respond best to PRP hair treatment. Those with hair follicles that have been dormant for longer on the scalp are less likely to be improved by PRP therapy. It’s good to note that if you are diagnosed with a underlying disorder such as lupus or thyroid disease, you are unlikely to benefit form PRP injections, as these conditions will continue to worsen hair loss over time. Additionally, patients should not take blood thinners during PRP hair restoration treatment, as the procedure will be significantly less effective.
Are you interested in a natural way to grow back your hair? Find out more about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment options available to you.