PRP is one of several new hair treatments being marketed to women. Although more men than women experience visible hair loss, it’s also a significant problem for women, worsened by the fact that few pharmaceutical options are developed for women. Doctors have long used PRP to treat athletes’ injuries and it has been used by dentists, too, but women are now turning to PRP for hair loss as well.
Blood consists of plasma, platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves extracting blood from the patient and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate its components. After harvesting the platelet-rich layer, rich in various growth factors, a practitioner then adds various nutrients before injecting the prepared treatment back into the scalp. This is done in one-inch intervals across the whole head. (Don’t worry, you’ll get a local anesthetic to control the ouch!)
The treatment works by activating dormant hair follicles, thereby stimulating new growth.