PRP for Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia, often called male or female-pattern baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss. This condition, caused by a combination of genetics and hormones, typically begins with thinning at the front and top of the head. At Kaiser Permanente, we offer a natural, nonsurgical alternative to hair transplant surgery using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for patients from metro San Francisco. These scientifically proven treatments stimulate the growth of your own natural hair for a lasting solution to hair loss.
What Is PRP?
Platelets are a component of the blood that help with healing and regeneration of tissues. PRP is a concentrated serum of platelets, collected from a small amount of the patient’s blood, that when injected into thinning areas of the scalp—stimulates growth and increases the density of the hair. PRP may also be used for skin rejuvenation to correct fine wrinkles, thinning skin, and more.
Recent studies have shown that approximately 75% of patients will have an increase in the density of their hair after treatments with PRP.
What Are PRP Hair Restoration Treatments Like?
Your PRP treatment is performed in a Kaiser Permanente office by a trained provider. A fine needle is used to draw small amount of blood from your arm. A centrifuge is then used to separate the platelets and plasma from the other components of the blood. The PRP is then injected into the scalp where the hair is thinning.
Because hair grows in cycles, we recommend PRP treatments once a month for 3 to 5 months, then every 4 to 6 months to maintain the increase in hair thickness.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRP For Hair Loss?
It’s important to confirm your hair loss is not caused by a medical condition that requires treatment. Ideal candidates for PRP are in good health and in the early stages of thinning or hair loss. Your provider will examine your scalp and review your medical history to determine whether this treatment is likely to help restore your hairline.
What Happens Before and After My PRP Treatment?
We recommend regular use of topical minoxidil (Rogaine®), and possibly oral medication, for several months before a PRP treatment. Do not receive steroid injections into the scalp for the month before your treatment. You should not have PRP treatments if you currently have cancer, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
After your PRP treatment, there are no restrictions on your activities. It typically takes 2 months after your first treatment to start seeing improvement in hair thickness and regrowth.
Are There Any Risks?
Risks are minimal with these hair loss treatments because the PRP is obtained from your own blood. Initially, treated areas of the scalp may be slightly bruised, sore, swollen, or tingly. You may temporarily have a headache.
I’m Interested! What’s My Next Step?
Start planning your PRP hair restoration procedure with your local Kaiser Permanente provider. Call today to request your consultation.