PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections for Hair Loss/ Thinning

*NOTE TO PATIENTS: If you are interested in PRP Injections you will need to schedule a “NEW PATIENT TELEMED visit”  to discuss your medical history with Dr Kanaan first.  We will not see new patient hair loss consults in person in the clinic.

At the request of our existing PRP patients Dr Kanaan is now offering PRP injections for Hair loss/ Hair thinning.

What is PRP?

Platelets are a component of blood, along with red and white blood cells. When a person sustains a cut or wound, the platelets are some of the body’s “first responders” that arrive to stop the bleeding and promote healing.

Researchers theorized that if they could extract concentrated platelets and inject them into damaged areas of the body, they could accelerate healing.

To produce PRP, a medical professional will take a blood sample and put it into a machine called a centrifuge. This machine spins at a rapid rate, which separates the components of the blood. The medical professional then extracts the platelets for injection.

PRP contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some types of hair loss result from damage to hair follicles, researchers initially hypothesized that PRP could help regrow hair by reversing the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia.

Since then, PRP has become a popular method of restoring hair growth. Doctors have also used PRP to treat injuries to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments, such as those that people sustain during sporting activities.

Platelet-rich therapy, or PRP therapy, introduces a high concentration of platelets to a damaged or injured area. When platelets are introduced, they surround it and prompt an inflammatory response that triggers your body to send out waves of cells to the area to treat pain and possibly stimulate healing.

What is the cost?

Our current price of PRP is $550.00 per PRP treatment.

*Insurance does not currently cover PRP, despite a growing body of evidence in support of this procedure.  We take many payment options.

What is the evidence ?

In 2019, a team of researchers carried out a systematic review of the research on PRP as a treatment for hair loss. Their findings appear in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The analysis ultimately focused on 11 research papers that included a total of 262 participants with androgenetic alopecia. According to the authors, most of the studies found that injections of PRP reduced hair loss and increased the diameter of hairs and the density of hair growth.

They acknowledged, however, that the treatment is controversial, noting that small sample sizes and low quality of research were among the limiting factors of their investigation.

Another 2019 systematic review, which featured in Dermatologic Surgery, examined the findings of 19 studies investigating PRP as a treatment for hair loss. These studies recruited 460 people in total. According to the authors of the review, most studies reported that PRP treatments led to hair regrowth in those with androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.

The authors of an additional review of clinical studies, which the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology published, considered PRP to be a “promising” treatment for hair loss, based on their findings.

What type of hair loss does PRP help?

PRP is NOT a cure for baldness or for those patients that are nearly bald. The limited studies that are available show that PRP might help to stimulate hair growth in patients with THINNING HAIR , or in SMALL SPOTS of hair loss. Dr Kanaan will not perform this procedure on certain patients with hair thinning , and not complete hair loss.

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