PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, involves the use of platelets taken from your own blood. Platelets are normally involved in clotting, but have other beneficial properties and growth factors and cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. Dermatologists have noticed beneficial effects of PRP in both strengthening and growing existing hair follicles. Therefore, although not FDA approved specifically for hair loss, many dermatologists are using this technique as a form of non-surgical hair restoration.
This treatment involves the collection of your blood (approximately 8-16 mL) into a tube. Blood is taken from your arm in the same way as a routine blood draw. It is then placed in a centrifuge in order to separate red blood cells and plasma. PRP is then injected into the scalp. The product is 100% autologous, meaning that it is your own blood product.
Insurance does not cover PRP as it is undertaken for cosmetic reasons. The patient is therefore responsible for the cost of the treatment at the time of the procedure. Costs will be quoted prior to treatment.