PRP therapy follows the same steps when applied for hair restoration purposes. The idea is to feed the scalp with platelet-rich blood to improve the healing capacities of hair follicles and promote hair growth.
Is PRP therapy on the scalp effective and permanent?
The results of PRP can be very impressive as the method is highly effective in nature. Since the cause of hair loss is due to hair roots lost capability of growing or repairing follicles, this method can immediately and effectively get results.
However, the results are not permanent since PRP treatment feeds the area when applied. Without the rich platelets in the scalp, hair roots lose the ability to grow and maintain healthy follicles. Therefore, the solution is limited to consistent PRP sessions which can be costly in terms of finances and time.
Here are some studies on PRP (PRP For Hair Loss, Healthline):
- A 2014 study of 11 people with androgenic alopecia found that injecting 2 to 3 cubic centimeters of PRP into the scalp every 2 weeks for 3 months could increase the average number of follicles from 71 to 93 units. This study is too small to be conclusive, but it shows that PRP may be able to help increase the number of hair follicles that can actively support healthy hair.
- A 2015 study of 10 people receiving PRP injections every 2 to 3 weeks for 3 months showed improvements in the number of hairs, the thickness of those hairs, and the strength of the hair roots. This study helps provide extra support to the findings of other PRP and hair loss studies. But 10 people is still too small a sample size to be conclusive.
- A 2019 study compared two groups of people using different hair treatments for 6 months. One group of 20 used minoxidil (Rogaine), and the other group of 20 using PRP injections. Thirty people finished the study and results showed that PRP performed much better for hair loss than Rogaine. But the study also found that your level of platelets can affect how well your own plasma works for hair loss. A lower level of blood platelets may mean that PRP isn’t as effective for you.
PRP Potential Side Effects
PRP therapy could have some side effects however since the treatment only involves the patient’s blood, it can be seen as a very safe procedure.
Here are some potential side effects of PRP therapy (PRP Hair Treatment Succes Rate, Healthline):
- Blood vessel injury on the scalp
- Nerve injury
- Infection at the injection site
- Calcification or scar tissue where the injections are done
- Side effects from the anesthesia used during the procedure, such as muscle aches, confusion, or bladder control issues
What Is The Cost Of PRP Therapy For Hair Restoration?
PRP therapy can range between 3 to 12 sessions depending on the demand of the individuals (Medical News Today).
PRP therapy cost depends on the country and the clinic/hospital price policy. Usually, the range is between $200 (Turkey) to $3,000 (UK, US).
It is recommended to check the prices of different clinics and find the most cost-efficient spot.