PRP (aka. Vampire Hair Elixir) your blood could be the answer to your hair loss

There are a lot of new therapies available claiming to cure hair loss issues. Sorting through these claims, some of which can be as incredulous as their cost, can be a little intimidating.  In my next few blog entries, I’m going to discuss a treatment option that has provided a great deal of patient satisfaction in both men and women: PRP, or platelet-rich-plasma.

You may have heard PRP referred to as a Vampire Facial, gaining popularity thanks to the Kardashians. This procedure has proven highly effective on the scalp and eyebrows too, and the procedure is fairly simple. First a small amount of your blood is drawn and spun down in a medical device called a centrifuge. This separates the red blood cells so that the highly concentrated platelets and a small volume of plasma can be used., which.  This is then injected into the scalp or eyebrows in the areas of hair thinning or loss.

How does PRP stimulate hair growth?

PRP, which has been proven effective in tissue regeneration, contains over 20 types of growth factors to stimulate hair growth, including: platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and transforming growth factor (TGF-b1).

The growth factors are released 10 – 90 minutes after injection and continue to stimulate change for 7 – 10 days after injection. Improvement in hair density and vibrancy can be seen as early as six weeks.

What’s the regimen?

The recommended regimen is three PRP treatment sessions, scheduled one month apart. Each session takes about an hour in our office, followed by one day of social downtime.

What’s the cost?

While this procedure is not covered by health insurance, in many cases health savings accounts can be used. The cost is $2,500 for a series of 3 PRP injections. If you would like to have additional blood drawn on the day of your hair restoration, you can add facial rejuvenation with PRP for $2,000 (series of 3 PRP injections on the same day as your scalp injections).

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