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PRP Therapy FAQ: What Can PRP Therapy Treat?

Body pain is the result of many different things. Whether it was a car accident or another life-changing event, our patients come to us for pain relief. Our bodies naturally change and many times, these changes are uninvited. It could be skin issues, ongoing pain, or even hair loss. Our friend Dr. Robin Unger has provided some great information regarding hair loss that we are sharing below. 

PRP For Hair Loss

PRP treatment continues to gain momentum across medical clinics in the U.S. The treatment is a non-invasive procedure that is being used for a broad range of medical conditions, as well as, cosmetic reasons. PRP has been in use since the 1970s, but in the last 5-10 years, it has made its way into the U.S., from Europe, and is now more affordable than it used to be. The treatment involves an injection of enriched plasma that has been made from your own blood. It encourages new cell growth, repair, and pain relief. 

What PRP May Be Used For

PRP treatment is being used for a broad range of issues; including, but not limited to:

  • Reduce pain and swelling in areas that are affected by arthritis
  • Boosting the recovery process after a surgical procedure
  • Encourage the healing of injured muscles and tissues
  • Improve baldness and hair loss
  • Slow down the process of aging
  • Improve the elasticity of the skin
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • + More

How PRP Works

If you are interested in getting PRP treatment for hair loss you will need to locate a clinic that offers the therapy. At your appointment, you will discuss the symptoms you’re experiencing as well as your goals and objectives. Your PRP hair loss treatment doctor will determine whether or not the therapy is right for you. If it is the next step it will be similar to the following:

Your blood will be withdrawn from your arm (similar to donating blood or a normal blood test).

Your blood will be placed into a centrifuge and spun into three different parts. One of these will be rich in plasma. In general, for every 1 ml of plasma, there will be 1 million platelet cells. 

After the plasma has been separated, it will be placed into a syringe and injected into the site of treatment. 

The needle used in the PRP therapy is very small which means you should feel minimal discomfort. The procedure takes around one hour. 

After PRP Treatment

After the treatment, bruising around the site of the withdrawal and injection may occur. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be recommended. The risks and side effects of PRP therapy are low, but can include redness at the site of injection, swelling, mild pain,

Bruising, and in rare cases, infection.

You may notice these symptoms for 2-5 days, depending on your body’s recovery time. If you are concerned about any symptoms that you have, then it may be in your best interest to learn more about a hair transplant from a hair loss doctor like Dr. Robin Unger. A doctor like this can explain more about PRP treatment as well as other hair transplant options.