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Melissa Hu, MD

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

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  • Dr. Melissa Hu

PRP Hair Restoration

Updated: Jun 20, 2018

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. When re-injected into the skin, it is seen to stimulate growth of collagen and blood vessels, repair and regenerate damaged skin, as well as stimulate hair growth in dormant hair follicles.

PRP is injected at the level of the hair follicles. The various growth factors released from PRP work in conjunction to stimulate new hair growth. PRP also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, thereby treating hair loss in both men and women with minimal risk. Microneedling is typically not used for hair restoration, so recovery is quick with essentially no down time. Treatment can be spaced out 2 to 6 weeks. An average of 3-6 treatments are needed to achieve desired hair regrowth.

PRP can treat hair loss in men and women from various causes – hormonal imbalance, medical conditions, autoimmune (alopecia areata), hereditary, medication induced. In instances where hair follicles have been destroyed (scar) or completely absent (advanced male-patterned balding), PRP may not be as effective. Few relative contraindications exist for PRP scalp treatments: active infection, blood thinners, poorly controlled blood sugars, skin cancer in area to be treated.

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