FAQs about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

I get a lot of questions from my patients about the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure for cosmetic concerns including hair loss. I’ve been providing this treatment to patients since 2011, and I’m impressed with the results my patients have experienced. If you’ve been curious about this hair loss treatment, hopefully I can answer some of your questions here.

Is PRP safe?

For most people, it is completely safe as long as you follow some simple rules before the procedure. Two weeks before treatment, you must stop blood thinners like aspirin and non-steroidal pain medications, like Aleve, Naprosyn, Motrin and others. This helps you avoid excessive bleeding and minimize bruising.

But PRP is not for everyone.  You are not a candidate for PRP if you have:

  • Platelet abnormality and/or low platelet count
  • A current Infection
  • Lymphoma or leukemia
  • Been taking prednisone within two weeks of the injection treatment

Does the PRP treatment hurt?

The blood draw is just a quick stick, just like in a lab or when donating blood.  Numbing cream is applied to your scalp (or other area of concern like eyebrows, face or neck) to reduce the discomfort of the injections.

What can I expect after the injection treatment?

Because you will not be able to wash your hair and/or face for 24 hours, you’ll need about a day of social downtime after the procedure.

Many see improvement in hair density and vibrancy as early as six weeks. If you are also opting for facial rejuvenation, your skin texture, tone and appearance will take longer usually 12 – 16 weeks.

Possible side effects include swelling, bruising, redness and tenderness in the region of the injections.

Less common side effects include allergic rash, headache or infection, which can occur if the injection area is exposed to dust or dirt especially in the first 24 hours.

How many treatments does it take?

The recommended regimen is three PRP treatment sessions, scheduled one month apart.

Can I continue using other things I’m currently using like minoxidil, oral Biotin or Finasteride?

There is no need to stop biotin supplements or Finasteride, but you should hold your minoxidil for one week after injections.  If you are also having cosmetic skin injections, stop all acids including Retin A two weeks before and two weeks after treatment.

If I hadn’t been on these supplements previously, should I start?

During your consultation, we can identify the best oral and topical supplements for you.

Does PRP make hair transplantation with Smartgraft/neograft FUE more effective?

Yes, PRP injections prior to the day of hair transplantation or on the same day promotes more rapid improvement in hair density.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.