PRP for Hair Restoration
Slow the rate of your hair loss and grow new hair
Thinning hair is a very common concern with many of our patients, both men and women. Hair loss can affect your level of confidence as well as your appearance, which is why we are excited to offer this treatment.
For androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-patterned hair loss, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is our first recommendation when it comes to hair restoration.
What is PRP?
PRP is a regenerative therapy associated with tissue healing and natural growth factors. It is commonly used in the treatment of hair loss in both men and women.
Your blood contains two main components: plasma and red blood cells. Plasma contains platelets and white blood cells, which are rich in growth factors. PRP is created from platelets within a person’s own blood and in turn uses the body’s own restorative capability to regrow hair.
In the treatment of hair loss, the theory used in PRP therapy is that special cells are considered responsible for hair formation and growth (called the dermal papillae), which are stimulated by platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is used for a wide variety of regenerative treatments all the way from facial rejuvenation (the “vampire facial”) to hair restoration, and may also be used to treat orthopedic issues like frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.
Causes of Hair Loss
We all lose 50 to 100 hairs a day (on average), but because new hair is always growing at the same time, it isn’t usually noticeable. When new hair is no longer growing back in to replace the hair being lost, it’s cause for concern.
Hair loss is usually related to one or more of the following factors:
- Hormonal changes, such as low testosterone levels. This occurs gradually and in predictable patterns, like those seen in a receding hairline or bald spots. When testosterone levels decline, the normal cycle of hair growth changes. Some hair will begin to grow in shorter and thinner, and in some spots, growth may stop altogether.
- Heredity. The most common cause of thinning hair is family history. It is a natural condition caused by some combination of aging, low testosterone levels, and genetics (a family history of baldness on the mother’s side of the family).
- Medications. Some drugs like antidepressants, birth control pills, acne medications and immunosuppressants are thought to cause hair loss.
- Stress. Physical or emotional trauma can cause hair to fall out.
- Hairstyles. A hairstyle that pulls the hair tight (like cornrows and extensions) can cause unnecessary hair loss.
Other factors that may increase your risk of hair loss include age, significant weight loss, diabetes, lupus and other autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions, and poor nutrition.
How is hair loss treated?
Not all treatments for hair loss are effective. Since receiving FDA approval in 1988, topical minoxidil (Rogaine) has been the standard treatment for hair regrowth. In 1998, a generic and a 5% formulation of minoxidil was approved for over the counter sale. Although minoxidil is deemed effective, applying it daily can be inconvenient (especially for women).
What does the PRP treatment process look like at Men’s Health?
The process begins in our private, on-site lab with a standard blood draw from your arm. The blood is put into a centrifuge, which spins and separates the plasma from the red blood cells. This takes about 15-30 minutes.
That plasma is injected directly into the scalp, using a tiny needle to inject plasma at approximately every half inch over the area(s) of thinning hair. Depending on the size of your head and the amount of hair loss, this part of the treatment usually takes about 30 minutes.
How long does a series of PRP treatments take to produce results?
A series of PRP treatments for hair loss requires 3-4 treatments spaced several weeks apart. It should be repeated once every 6 months on an ongoing basis.
Is PRP for hair restoration painful?
No. Most people report that it’s not at all painful and there’s not even a need for numbing medication. Cool air or ice can be used immediately following treatment and if there is in fact any discomfort, Tylenol is enough to reduce it.
Can I go straight back to work?
The great thing about PRP is that little to no downtime is needed. You can safely return to your everyday activities immediately.
Are there any side effects of PRP hair restoration treatment?
As PRP involves the use of your own platelets, adverse events are unlikely. Some people may experience minor bruising or discomfort following treatment.
How will I know if the PRP is working to stop my hair loss?
The first thing you’ll notice while undergoing hair loss treatment with PRP is that there’s less daily shedding of hair. You may begin to see less hair coming out while brushing or being in the shower.
In 2019, a team of researchers compiled and reviewed 132 papers and 11 articles on PRP as a treatment for hair loss and published their findings in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The short answer being yes, patients who had PRP administered were definitely seeing new hair growth.
How much does PRP treatment for hair loss cost?
At Men’s Health, a single PRP treatment is priced at $900.
Our package of 3 treatments is $2,200 or 3 monthly payments of $734 and includes:
- 3 PRP treatments over three months
- 3 month supply of Votesse hair growth supplements
- 3 month supply of Votesse foam
Upon completion of the initial series of 3 treatments, you become eligible for:
- A discounted maintenance PRP treatment price of $600, which will be recommended at 6 month intervals.
- Discounted Votesse growth stimulating supplements and Votesse foam, $85/mo
Financing for PRP is also available through Care Credit
PRP Therapy for Hair Restoration at Men’s Health
Balanced hormones and proper nutrients may also improve results in hair health and regrowth. At Men’s Health, we specialize in men’s total wellness including treatment of low testosterone (Low T), erectile dysfunction (ED) with GAINSWave®, and we also offer personalized medical weight loss programs.
Questions? Book your hair restoration consultation now using our online scheduler, or contact Men’s Health at 832-900-2427.MAKE AN APPOINTMENT