What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative treatment for hair loss that has quickly gained popularity. PRP is a non-invasive treatment using your own blood cells to stimulate growth of new hair. The platelets and plasma are components of your blood that contain proteins and growth factors, which can stimulate hair growth. There are many clinical studies showing that PRP leads to successful regrowth for various types of hair loss.
How does the process work?
- Blood is drawn from your arm, like if you are getting bloodwork done at a lab
- The blood is put into a special centrifuge which separates the various components of the blood, so that the plasma is isolated from the other components
- The platelet-rich plasma is collected and injected in small amounts into the scalp
- The growth factors in the platelets kickstart the healing process, and the regrowth of hair
What are the side effects of PRP injections?
Complications associated with PRP injections are uncommon, which may be because the injections are your own blood. Some patients may experience temporary pain and/or soreness at the injection site. There is a risk of infection, as is the case with most injectable treatments. There is also the risk that the injections do not provide the desired results with your hair restoration.
How long does it take for PRP injections to start working?
It often takes about 6 months to get the full benefits of these injections. This timeline varies based on what is being treated and the individual person.
Do PRP injections hurt?
You will likely feel a pinch as the needle is inserted. The level of discomfort depends a lot on the treatment area. You may feel nervous about the injection appointments. We know each person has his or her own tolerance for and comfort with injections. Overall, PRP injections are not described as painful by our patients.
How often will I get the injections?
It is recommended to do a series of 4 treatments, 1 month apart initially. Afterwards, maintenance treatment is recommended every 6 months to 1 year depending on the initial cause of hair loss.
How much do PRP injections cost?
The only way to get a definite idea of cost is to schedule a consultation. The cost varies based on the treatment area, number of appointments and other factors.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like a personalized evaluation to see if PRP may be right for you, please contact us at (713) 771-8941 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zhang at our office in Houston. We proudly serve Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas.