Platelet-rich plasma, PRP, is typically used on skin for its anti-aging benefits. But, now it seems like more and more doctors are offering PRP as an anti-hair loss treatment and also as an alternative to hair transplants. PRP is different from other treatments in that there are no messy creams to apply, nor surgical grafts that need to be transplanted. Instead, the power lies in your own blood. Yes, it sounds a little weird, but here’s how it works:
Performed in just one treatment, your dermatologist (or plastic surgeon) draws your blood and places it in a centrifuge, which separates out the platelets (which help with healing), before injecting the serum into the hair follicle (the area is numbed beforehand). Platelets, which are injected straight into the hair follicle and root, are rich in growth factors and stem cells, which can improve the health of both the hair and scalp.
“PRP is a nice alternative to more traditional hair restoration methods without having to undergo surgery. It may serve as an intermediate therapy for those who have failed with oral and topical treatments but still want a nonsurgical approach to hair restoration,” says New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD.
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