How PRP Hair Treatments Work
How PRP Hair Treatments Work
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used in a variety of different medical fields to treat a wide range of medical conditions including tendonitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, male and female sexual dysfunction, and hair loss. As the name suggests, PRP is the practice of utilizing plasma with a high concentration of platelets to promote healing. But what does that actually mean? It means that parts of the patient’s blood — specifically platelets and plasma — are injected at the treatment site, to help stimulate natural healing and cell growth.
Platelets are one of the smallest component cells of blood, and their main purpose is to help injuries heal. PRP treatments deliver a relatively high number of these cells directly to the treatment site. The treatments are generally autologous in nature, meaning that they use a person’s own cells, resulting in an extremely low likelihood of negative reactions like allergies, hypersensitivity, or foreign-cell rejection.
At the beginning of treatment, a small blood sample is drawn from the patient. A centrifuge is then used to separate the different components of the blood — e.g. red cells, white cells, platelets, plasma, etc. The doctor may choose to use additional processing to ensure the right concentration of platelets is present in the plasma to be used for treatment.
PRP Hair Treatments
PRP treatments have been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that doctors began investigating the use of PRP for hair regrowth. In recent years, their findings have led to a range of PRP Hair Treatments for both men and women. According to the website of Andrew Jarminski, an Orange County based doctor working in regenerative and aesthetic medicine, these treatments are used to “stimulate natural repair in areas where blood platelets aren’t usually drawn to.”
Platelet rich plasma contains growth factors and cytokines that help with clotting, soft tissue healing, and hair follicle function. It is this last function that allows them to help stimulate hair growth. Because the human body doesn’t generally see hair loss as an injury, however, the body does not deliver sufficient quantities of platelets to the hair loss site. That’s why a doctor must help distribute these healing cells to the affected area. We asked Dr. Andrew Jarminski, how the treatments work, and he told us that the PRP is often injected into the scalp, but it can also be applied after a microneedling treatment — a process that involves the use of tiny, sterile needle tips to create “controlled micro-injuries in the scalp.”
He also told us that while he often uses PRP treatments to treat both men and women with hair loss, he also uses them to help patients — usually women — who are seeking to improve the overall strength and quality of their hair. Many of his patients suffer from androgenic hair loss and diminished hair strength, thickness, and quality often caused by DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). For these patients, Dr. Jarminski will add progesterone to his injections to help block the DHT.
The growth factors in the PRP go to work on the hair follicles immediately, stimulating real, natural hair growth. Because hair growth takes time, however, it may take 6-12 months for patients to see visible results. Most patients will require regular treatments at first that can be dropped to once per year once the desired effect has been accomplished.