PRP is an acronym for platelet rich plasma and yes, it is what you’re thinking when you read the word platelet, it uses your own blood to perform this form of therapy. These platelets are rich in something that is known as “growth factors” which are the most potent natural healers found within the human body. It’s these growth factors which stimulate cell growth which promote healing at a cellular level, restoring the architecture within the actual tissue.
For the procedure to take place, a small amount of blood is extracted from your arm using normal methods which is then processed at high speed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the remainder of the plasma. Because only your own blood is used in the procedure, just transported from one part of you to another, there are no transfusion risks related to this form of treatment which ticks a huge number of boxes with any blood related surgery. This plasma which is rich in platelets and growth factors is then injected into the scalp to promote healing and to stimulate the hair follicles to grow stronger and healthier.
It’s something that is often offered and provided as a standalone treatment to patients who are looking to strengthen their hair without going all out and booking in for a hair transplant, however we find that when it is carried out in addition to an FUE or FUT hair transplant, the newly transplanted hair grows thicker, healthier and gives better looking results than just the transplant alone.