So how does it work? 

PRP brings a range of important cells and cell fragments, notably platelets, directly to the problem area. Therefore releasing lots of growth and signaling factors, which in effect activates the nearby tissues and hair follicles. 

So what does the treatment involve?

First of all, an in depth discussion with one of our trichologists is needed to confirm your suitability and if the PRP is appropriate for you. The next stage is to take a blood sample which is then spun at high speed in a machine called a centrifuge which results in the production of the PRP. Whilst this is happening, the scalp is numbed. Finally, the PRP is then given through tiny injections in very small amounts into the affected areas of the scalp.

So how long does it take?

Each session takes 30-45 minutes. 

So does PRP work for hair loss?

Firstly, PRP is relatively new and the long term effects are yet to be confirmed. However, Plasma treatment is widely thought amongst medical professionals as an effective tool in combating hair loss. The results of some case studies have shown fantastic results. However, like with any treatment results can vary from person to person. Furthermore, the type of hair loss must be taken onto account.  

So when we consider temporary hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata or telogen effluvium then the effects tend to be much quicker. In addition, it may not be necessary for further treatments.

So can PRP be used for androgenic hair thinning and  hair loss?

Yes, and it is suitable for both male and female patients. I would add that with male pattern or female pattern baldness, the effects of PRP may take 6 months or more. Furthermore, PRP is not permanent. Therefore further treatments in most cases will be required.

So is it safe to have PRP before a hair transplant?

Yes, in fact we would recommend PRP treatment 6-12 weeks prior to your hair transplant, and a course of 3 injections after.

Are there any added chemicals or treatments?

So, an effective additive is Vitamin B6 which may be added. Apart from that as mentioned the PRP is solely your own blood and no other additives are present.

So Is it safe? 

First of all PRP  Platelet Rich Plasma is considered safe in that the treatment is using entirely your bodies own plasma. Therefore, you remove risks such as reactions to foreign drugs and allergies. However, there are some side effects such as bleeding, tissue damage, nerve injury and infection. Albeit they are rare.

Is it painful?

Like any procedure involving giving injections it often comes down to the professional who is administering the treatment. This should not be a painful experience. Albeit mild discomfort would be expected. 

How many sessions would you recommend?

So we would recommend a course of 3 sessions, 6-8 weeks apart. This is considered the most appropriate time difference between treatments. After which, further sessions may be suggested dependant on which hair loss condition you have.


How long does it take to recover from the PRP treatment?

FIrstly, we would recommend you be gentle with the treated area for the first 24-48 hours. Furthermore, the scalp should be left alone during this period. After a couple of days you can shower as normal and return to the gym and other normal activities.