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Hair

Why Scalp PRP May Be The Perfect Solution For Hair Loss

by Sade Page

• By Sade Page

We wish it weren’t so, but the fact of the matter is this: as we age, we seem to lose more and more hair. We’re all trying to find ways to keep our hair thick and healthy, from trying various hair oils and serums to popping biotin pills. However, these over-the-counter solutions may not be enough to treat and prevent hair loss for some, especially when the issue lies with the scalp. In that case, there is one injectable treatment that may be the perfect solution, and that treatment is Scalp PRP. Never heard of it? No worries. We asked Dr. Nancy Samolitis of Facile Dermatology + Boutique to shed some light on what Scalp PRP actually is, and how it can be used to regrow lost hair.

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So, what *exactly* is Scalp PRP?

NS

PRP, or “platelet rich plasma,” has been used for years to treat various injuries and rejuvenate skin through its concentrated release of growth factors from the patient’s own blood. There have now been several scientific studies that show it also has the benefit of regrowing hair when injected into the scalp.

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Can Scalp PRP reverse hair loss?

NS

PRP injections don’t take away the underlying cause of hair loss, which may be chronic — like genetics, age, hormonal changes, or inflammation in the body. PRP can help some of the hair to regrow and strengthen and is usually used in combination with other therapies depending on the underlying cause. Before considering PRP treatments, your scalp should be examined to determine what type of hair loss you are experiencing and whether additional studies (like a blood test or skin biopsy) need to be performed. 

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Who is a good candidate for Scalp PRP? 

NS

PRP is going to be most effective for those in the early stages of hair loss, so it’s good to start early. As mentioned previously, other treatments may need to be combined with PRP including supplements or prescription medication depending on the underlying cause. In order to see the maximum benefits of their Scalp PRP treatments, a person must be motivated to complete a series of treatments with PRP, as well as a medical follow-up.

SP

How many sessions does it take before you start to see results?

NS

We typically recommend a series of 4 monthly sessions, but some people may need more. It really takes about 6 months to see the full benefit of treatment.

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 How long do results last?

NS

For someone with genetic, inflammatory, and/or age-related hair loss, PRP treatments need to be ongoing to maintain their best results. We typically recommend coming in for a maintenance treatment at least once every 6 months. Unfortunately, some underlying causes don’t go away, so it’s an ongoing process. In cases where hair loss is temporary, like those who lost hair during pregnancy or due to stress or illness, additional PRP treatments may not be necessary after the desired results are achieved.