Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of treatment where doctors draw a person’s blood and process it to enhance the platelet concentration and inject it into the scalp. It is believed that PRP injections trigger the natural growth of hair by increasing the blood supply to the root of the follicle. Depending on the extent of the hair loss, PRP may be applied along with other hair loss treatment procedures or medication.
Study is ongoing to check the effectiveness of the treatment on hair loss. The treatment has been used in the past to treat injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy works in three stages. The treatments are completed in four to six weeks. The first step involves drawing blood from the arm and putting it into a centrifuge. This machine spins the blood at high speeds to separate the different components according to their densities.
Once the blood is separated, doctors draw the platelet-rich plasma into a syringe. This is then injected into the areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth. This may be repeated a few times until the doctor is satisfied that it is now effective.
What is the Cost of the Procedure?
This treatment costs anything between £1,000 and £3,000 for the initial three stages. Successive injections cost around £300 each. This price may go up if there are other nutritive components added to the initial PRP hair treatment. The treatment is regarded as a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by many insurance plans. Others may cover a portion of the cost.