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Is PRP Approved by the United States FDA?

The use of PRP in the United States as part of Hair Transplantation does not require FDA approval, just as the use of blood transfusion during or after surgery does not require FDA approval. Use of PRP as part of the surgical treatment is defined as a procedure and is not subject to FDA regulations. […]

Can PRP cause Infections?

PRP is actually bactericidal (a substance that kills bacteria). While platelets are increased in PRP processing so are leukocytes (white cells that fight infection) over 6 to 8 times. This is one reason why PRP is so effective in wound healing. Not only do the increased levels of leukocytes enable the body to fight off […]

Can PRP cause Cancer?

The growth factors immediately bind to the external surface of the cell membranes of cells in the graft, flap, or wound via transmembrane receptors. The importance of this is that the PRP growth factors never enter the cell or its nucleus, they are not mutagenic, and they act through the stimulation of normal healing, just […]

How quickly can I resume my normal activities?

Most patients can fly the same day of the treatment it is not necessary to avoid physical activity or miss work.

What type of aftercare is required?

The beauty of the treatment is that no after care is required other than shampooing your hair the next day. It is not necessary to sleep in any particular position or refrain from any normal activity.

Does it hurt?

The only pain you will experience is mild because the treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia. Your scalp can feel slightly sore the next day and Tylenol is recommended.

How often does this treatment have to be repeated?

There is a bell shaped curve effect with PRP and one treatment seems to last up to 10 to12 months, however it is possible to have treatments done prior to that time without any problem.

Is it necessary to have more than one treatment?

Yes, it is and like any treatment therapy for hair once you stop the treatment your hair will revert back to where it was before treatment.

How long does the treatment take to perform?

The treatment takes about 45minutes from the time of the initial blood draw for processing to the end of the procedure. There is no down time and you may shampoo your hair the following day. Other than avoiding aspirin type products there is no follow up care.

What is the average cost for this treatment?

The cost per session averages $1,000 and that will vary among geographic location and clinic.

What type of hair loss can be treated using this therapy?

While the treatment is still considered experimental, improvement in hair character, decreased shedding, and increased aesthetic hair density has been seen in Androgenic Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium. There are no permanent treatments for Alopecia Areata, but PRP is being used as treatment option and demonstrated growth in some of these patients. How long will it […]

Is it normal for shedding after PRP treatment?

It is not unusual for shedding to continue or even increase when first starting a treatment for hair loss be it Rogaine, Finasteride or PRP. Hair follicles may increase in growth rate or increase diameter a little while in the growing stage, but it is not possible for hair to undergo a noticeable change in […]

Is PRP equally effective in both men and women?

Thus far there have been positive results in both men and women. Because females have less treatment options females experience less shedding within a few weeks and an improved character to their hair sooner than males because most males having PRP done are already on other FDA approved therapies. Most patients both male and female […]

Can PRP be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments?

Absolutely, because its mechanism of action is different and when used in combination with a DHT blocker, Rogaine or photo therapy it seems to have synergistic effect.

How long has it been used?

Platelet rich plasma has been utilized in hair restorations surgery since 2004 and its role is expanding as more physicians understand the benefits in this surgical procedure. While still experimental, the use of PRP in patients as an adjunct treatment to thicken hair is gaining popularity and has been used since 2007. Double randomized independent […]

How effective is PRP?

The use of PRP in hair restoration surgery has multiple advantages. Carlos Uebel, MD first demonstrated that the use of PRP leads to increased follicular unit yield by 15.1%, suggesting an increase of 480 hairs per every 100cm2 transplanted surface area. Numerous studies have demonstrated the use of PRP in hair transplantation leads to diminished […]

Frequently Asked Questions

How does PRP work to treat hair loss? Growth factors are present in the follicular bulge area, where stem cells are found, and they interact with cells of the matrix, thus activating the proliferative phase of the hair. Stem cells are more primitive and of ectodermal origin; they give origin to the epidermal cells and […]

 

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