If you’re losing your hair, you may think your choices are a hair transplant, Rogaine, or lifelong embarrassment. But there’s another option, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which can help trigger new hair growth. PRP therapy has been used since the 1970s to help athletes heal from injuries, but medical practitioners have discovered it can also treat a variety of other issues, including hair loss.

When it comes to hair loss, Dr. Kashouty injects PRP directly into the scalp to stimulate the growth of new hair follicles and trigger new hair growth. As a result, your natural hair grows faster and thicker than it might before treatment.

To understand how PRP works, it is important to be aware of the role that platelets play in healing. 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 into platelet poor plasma, platelet rich plasma, and red blood cells. The medical professional then extracts the platelet rich plasma for injection.

The platelets include natural growth factors that promote new tissue growth and repair injuries. Platelet-rich plasma contains five to ten times more growth factors than a regular blood sample. PRP Studies have shown that PRP reduces hair loss, increases the diameter of hairs, and increases the density of hair growth.

It is recommended to have PRP administered in a series of three treatments, each spaced 4-6 weeks apart. If you are satisfied with the results, maintenance is required every 6 months. As PRP is derived from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection and virtually no side effects.