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PRP

PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is blood plasma (blood devoid of red and white blood cells) that contains a 3-5 x’s increased concentration of platelets, the clotting cells of our blood. Platelets also contain various growth factors and bioactive proteins which help in wound healing and possibly hair growth. ‘ PRP’ is a technique that has been used for several years in the treatment of athletic injury, wound healing, osteoarthritis, jaw reconstruction and in cardiovascular medicine. More recently, in several studies, it has been to shown to be somewhat effective in the treatment of hair loss (alopecia), specifically genetic or patterned hair loss, but also possibly for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory types of hair loss as well. The technique involves drawing blood from a patient and then centrifuging this blood in order to isolate the concentrated platelet component (Platelet-Rich Plasma) which is then injected back into the scalp skin in the areas of hair loss. This technique is done with the patient’s own blood and, therefore, is safe. It is important to know that although there are several studies that are encouraging for the use of PRP for hair loss, these studies have only had a limited number of patients who were evaluated and, therefore, the long term benefits of this treatment modality for hair loss are unknown.