How Does PRP Work for Hair Loss?

Written by Dr. Griffin

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss. Philadelphia’s Dr. Thomas Griffin believes these treatments can be ideal for many patients who are experiencing thinning hair.

The way PRP works to restore hair growth is still being explored by scientists, but we do know that treatments can provide many benefits. Here’s what you should know about how it could help your hair grow. 

PRP is a treatment that’s derived from a patient’s own blood. It has been in use for decades in treatments for both musculoskeletal and skin conditions. More recently, the treatment—which is a three-step medical procedure that involves drawing blood, processing it, then injecting it into the patient—has also been used to counteract hair loss on the scalp.

Our blood contains four main components: platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. Platelets are known for their ability to promote cell growth and regeneration, which is why PRP has been used for years to treat injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

Platelets are roughly five times more concentrated in PRP than they are in normal blood. This is believed to be helpful because of the growth factors platelets secrete, which encourage wound healing and tissue regrowth. The idea is that more platelets working in a small area translates to more rejuvenation and better results.

When the PRP is injected deep into the scalp and gets to the bottom of the hair follicles, it stimulates the dermal papilla cells that are essential in hair growth. The PRP increases the supply of blood to the follicles while also increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. It’s a safe and effective way of reversing hair loss while promoting new hair growth. 

For more information about PRP treatment for hair loss, please contact our team at Griffin Hair Restoration Center. We can explain everything that’s involved to ensure that you’re comfortable with each stage of the procedure. Call us at (215) 561-9100 or submit a contact form for more details.