An Introduction to PRP for Hair Loss

If your type of hair loss is due to genetics – otherwise known as hereditary hair loss, or male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss – then there is a highly advanced treatment for restoring your hair to be fuller and thicker again. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is being used today to treat patients who are suffering from a receding hairline or hair thinning.

Unlike other treatments for hair loss, PRP therapy is minimally invasive and comes with no side effects, as the platelet-rich plasma comes directly from the patient’s own blood. The healing platelets from the blood are harnessed to accelerate hair rejuvenation.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

You know of platelets for their role in forming a scab on a cut on your skin. Platelets also move quickly to any hurting or compromised area of your body that requires healing of any kind.

If your hair doctor is recommending that you receive PRP therapy to help your hair follicles to regrow hair, what will happen is that the doctor will first acquire a small blood sample from your arm. The physician will then quickly process the blood in a centrifuge, which separates out the platelets, and the platelets and plasma will be delivered into a syringe. The doctor will then inject the solution into key areas of your scalp where you have thinning or balding hair.

Platelet-rich plasma is therefore a highly concentrated serum that contains an explosion of natural healing components for your hair cells. The clear platelets are separated from the red blood cells and white blood cells, and the resulting solution feeds the hair follicles with the nourishment needed for healthy regrowth.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

PRP therapy is FDA-approved for use in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, such as knee pain. It has only been in recent years that this treatment has also been harnessed to treat hair loss, and it has shown impressive results in many thousands of patients across the country and around the world.

Once you receive the first treatment, the PRP will begin to do its work – which may take a number of months before you start seeing results (usually by the time of the third or fourth follow-up injection appointment). PRP therapy for hair loss is usually used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, such as medication or laser therapy.

Top Hair Doctor in Kansas City, MO

When performed by a skilled and experienced hair doctor, PRP therapy for hair loss can help bring your hair back to much of its original fullness. Dr. Scott Darling at Darling Hair Restoration will evaluate your hair loss and determine whether you are a good candidate for PRP therapy, or whether a different treatment would work best for you.

To schedule a consultation with Kansas City hair restoration surgeon Dr. Darling, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (816) 792-3400 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you love what you see in the mirror again!