PRP for Hair Growth

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


PRP for hair growth is an effective hair loss treatment technique and an alternative to surgery. Call Dr. Katzen to schedule a consultation.

PRP for Hair Growth

Hair loss is a significant problem for both men and women. PRP for hair growth is a solution that is gaining popularity. Some patients favor PRP over more traditional hair transplant procedures.

Dr. Katzen and his team regularly perform PRP treatment for hair growth in his office. So if you have questions about this procedure, we have the answers.

What is PRP for Hair Growth?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP for hair growth is a hair loss treatment method that has produced excellent results for many patients.

PRP for hair growth works by injecting a patient’s blood into the scalp to encourage hair growth. Some evidence shows that PRP increases hair shaft thickness and the amount of blood supplied to the hair follicle.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

There are three steps in the PRP therapy process.

  • Step 1 - Dr. Katzen or a team member will draw blood from your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge for processing.
  • Step 2 - After about 10 minutes, the centrifuge will separate your blood into three different layers - plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.
  • Step 3 - The plasma and platelets are drawn into a syringe. This fluid is called PRP. Dr. Katzen will use a microneedle to inject the PRP into the areas of the scalp where hair growth is desired.
PRP on woman

Model patient. This is not a patient of Dr. Katzen.

Because a microneedle is used during this procedure, you will experience minimal pain. In addition, a numbing cream or local anesthesia is used to minimize any discomfort. Typically, the PRP procedure takes about 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

Does PRP Work for All Types of Hair Loss?

PRP works for patients with many types of hair loss. PRP is for women with thinning hair, men with male pattern baldness, and even patients with alopecia. PRP works for young and old patients of all ethnicities.

Injecting platelet-rich plasma is an effective hair growth technique because the platelets stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. This method offers a more natural solution and no risk of rejection because PRP uses your cells.

Does PRP Treatment for Hair Growth Have Any Side Effects?

PRP treatment for hair loss may result in some initial, temporary side effects. Most patients will experience some redness and tenderness at the injection sites for a few days following treatment. However, any pain should be mild and subside in a few days as the area heals.

Rare side effects include:

  • Nerve or blood vessel injury
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue

Dr. Katzen will prescribe pain medication, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic for patients after PRP treatment. Additional medications, such as Rogaine, may also be prescribed to help stimulate hair growth. Dr. Katzen will discuss the medications he recommends with you.

What to Expect After a PRP Hair Growth Procedure

Once you have undergone PRP for hair growth, knowing what you can expect is helpful. Initially, there will be some crusting of blood. This residual blood is normal and will disappear after your first shampoo. After about 2 to 3 months, you should begin seeing treatment results. Complete results often take about 6 to 8 months.

PRP on man

Model patient. This is not a patient of Dr. Katzen.

You should not have any downtime following PRP for hair growth. You may want to consider taking a day or two off work, but most patients find they can mostly resume their regular activities.

Who is a Candidate for PRP for Hair Loss?

PRP for hair loss is ideal for patients needing hair restoration without surgery. PRP is minimally invasive and has almost no “downtime.” However, some patients may not be able to undergo this procedure. They include patients who:

  • Take blood thinning medications
  • Smoke heavily
  • Have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Have chronic infections
  • Have cancer
  • Have a low platelet count

If you are a patient with mild to moderate hair loss and desire a less invasive technique than surgery for hair restoration, PRP for hair growth could be right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does PRP for hair loss cost?

The cost of PRP treatment for hair growth will vary from patient to patient. However, Dr. Katzen offers flexible cash prices and credit payment options that can help make it more affordable for you.

Will you need to take off work after PRP therapy?

Most patients require little to no downtime after undergoing PRP treatment. However, you can request a few days off to treat pain if needed. In addition, Dr. Katzen will recommend avoiding vigorous exercise for two weeks.

Is PRP for hair growth an inpatient or outpatient procedure?

PRP for hair growth is performed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Katzen and his team offer PRP therapy right in his office. The process will only take about an hour, and there is no need for an overnight stay.

Is PRP a permanent solution for hair growth?

PRP can trigger your hair follicles to begin growing hair again, and many patients experience excellent results. However, you may need more than one treatment to see your desired results. Therefore, you must talk with Dr. Katzen about your specific situation. Dr. Katzen will advise you on what you can expect for future treatments.

Choose Body by Katzen for PRP for Hair Growth Treatment

Hair loss can quickly zap your confidence. Fortunately, many techniques can be used to treat hair loss. If you are looking for a more natural, less invasive method of hair growth, PRP treatment for hair loss may be right for you. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, and many patients have loved their results.

Dr. Katzen is currently scheduling consultations for patients interested in PRP treatments for hair loss. He has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. He offers appointments in-office, and virtual consultations are available via WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom.

Please call (310) 859-7770 to schedule your consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.