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NOTE: We do not offer this option at HLTCOA. We provide information about this option for educational purposes only for those who are researching all hair growth options currently available on the market today.

Pros and Cons of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been used for many years with success in a wide range of medical and surgical disciplines. While it is a recent “rage” in the treatment of hair loss, it can be an expensive treatment with low efficacy studies. Some believe the factors driving the increase of PRP procedures is PRP’s theoretical scientific basis and patient’s hopes for new hair loss treatments.

The PRP hair restoration procedure theoretically utilizes special cells known as platelets that stimulates growth in hair follicles by increasing stem cells. It is hypothesised that growth factors released from platelets may act on stem cells in the bulge area of the follicles thereby stimulating the development of new follicles. Platelet Rich Plasma is a preparation of platelets harvested from the individual in concentrated plasma. Although the optimal PRP platelet concentration is unclear, the current methods by which PRP is prepared report 300-700% enrichment, with platelet concentrations consequently increasing to more than 1,000,000 platelets.  These super-concentrated growth factors theoretically tell the hair follicles to spend more time in the growth phase. PRP is available through medical exemption and is not subject to FDA approval.

For 3 treatments, the cost can be around $2500.  And there is NO clear proof that the treatment actually works in large groups of people.

Pros of PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma:

  • We simply don’t have enough research to support this procedure at this time.

Cons of PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma:

  • Costly
  • Requires multiple treatments
  • Requires follow-up sessions every 6-12 months
  • Low evidence of efficacy

Who is the ideal candidate:

Healthy individuals who have existing hair follicles from which to harvest cells

Who is NOT a good candidate:

  • Those who are pregnant or nursing

  • Those with blood disease

  • Those with heart conditions

  • Those who smoke or drink daily

Caution:

Clinical trials of PRP are of small size and poor quality and have NOT demonstrated clinically significant improvement. Although PRP has sufficient theoretical scientific basis to support its use in hair restoration, hair restoration using PRP is still at its infancy. Clinical evidence is still weak.

 

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