PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma treatment. It’s a medical procedure that has also been used in dentistry and for healing wounds.
Plasma, rich in platelets, is injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
The process is broken down into three steps. During the first step, the medical team will draw some blood from your body – your arm is a common place to get it from. The blood is then fed into a centrifuge that separates your blood into red blood cells as well as plasma.
One of those two plasma components is rich in platelets, which are used by your body to stem bleeding following an injury. The team will fill a syringe with this platelet-rich plasma and then injected into strategic places in the scalp. Platelets are filled with special proteins called growth factors that have shown to be effective for healing.
The injections are not considered painful and there’s no downtime following them. The appointments can be up to six weeks or so apart. There are also maintenance treatments that occur every six months or so following the initial treatments. The appointments themselves usually don’t take longer than half an hour.
A Brief History of PRP
While PRP is getting more popular, it’s not new to the medical world. Some sources will tell you it was first used in medicine in Europe about a decade ago. But others will note that the term PRP rose in the 1970s, and in the 1980’s it was used for the first time during open-heart surgery.
It has been gaining traction over the past few years in the world of dermatology as a way to address hair loss. It is still used to address sports injuries. Some famous athletes including Tiger Woods have used PRP therapy to get back on top of their game.
An operator uses a centrifuge for PRP