PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

What is PRP?

During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of hair loss and other injuries. Platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which can stimulate follicles to regrow hair. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

Procedure

To develop a PRP preparation, blood is drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from serum and other blood cells in a process called centrifugation. The patient’s scalp receives local anesthesia and the concentrated platelets, combined with the remaining blood, are then injected in to the scalp.