PRP Hair Treatment Side Effects

PRP Hair Treatment Side Effects

What are some side effects to getting PRP hair treatment?

PRP hair treatment is a new technology that allows patients to address and treat hair loss without going under the knife. The new treatment has been shown to reduce hair loss for a large number of men and women and is now available.

Some patients are reluctant to get PRP treatment for hair loss because it is relatively new. However, this treatment has been used for a number of health issues and conditions since the 1980s. Only now has it became popular; thereby, the price for PRP hair treatment has also been reduced. PRP injections are comprised of your own blood; therefore, the side effects are limited. There is also no risk of developing cancer or tumors as is the case in other unrelated treatments.

What is PRP Hair Treatment

PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, was developed in the 70s and has been used by medical doctors since the 1980s. PRP involves your blood being drawn and placed into a centrifuge where it is spun. The process separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma contains high amounts of platelets that are responsible for stopping blood clotting. The platelets are then separated from the plasma and placed back into a syringe. These will be injected into the area that is being treated. PRP has been used to treat wounds, back injuries, muscle and bone injuries, and dull skin. Now PRP hair treatment is also available for patients who are suffering from hair loss.

Research has shown that PRP can stimulate hair growth. How it works is that growth factors are released by the platelets. These stimulate the hair follicles and encourage them to produce more hair. Do PRP hair treatments work? In a random, controlled trial, three PRP hair treatments were administered to patients who were experiencing pattern hair loss. The study suggested that the patients had an increased in hair grown around the site of the PRP hair treatment, as well as, an increase in density. There were no reported side effects.

Potential Side Effects of PRP Hair Treatment

PRP hair treatment will use your own blood; therefore, you should not experience any reaction to it. It is possible to feel minimal pain around the injection site, slight bleeding, redness, and bruising. Some patients report a “full-like” feeling in their scalp after the injections and this might last for a day or so.  In rare cases, a patient might feel a headache or develop an infection at the site of the injection.

Who May Not Be a Candidate for PRP Hair Treatment

Although there has been no major side effects found in patients who qualify for PRP hair treatment, some people are advised against the procedure. These include those who consume large amounts of alcohol or drugs, are heavy smokers, or who have been diagnosed with:

  • Sepsis
  • Certain autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Systemic disorder
  • Liver disease
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • + more

Whether you are not a candidate for hair transplant surgery, or do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure, PRP hair treatment may be a good solution for you. To learn more, please call a doctor today.

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