PRP Injections for Hair Growth Overview
Treats: Thinning hair in men and women
Length: 1 hour
Side Effects: Tenderness, minor bruising and swelling for a few days after treatment
Risks: Because this treatment uses the patient's own blood and injections rather than surgery, risks are minimal
Recovery: Most patients return to work the same day or the day after treatment
Duration of Results: 6+ months, repeat treatments will maintain results indefinitely
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“Dr. Kulbersh is an extremely skilled and knowledgeable physician who goes above and beyond to care for his patients. He took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all of my questions. In addition, every single visit to Carolina Facial Plastics was a comforting and welcoming experience. Without reservation, I recommend Dr. Kulbersh to anyone looking for a great facial plastic surgeon.”
-Jeremiah Smith, RealSelf
Hair loss is inevitable, but the onset or speed of hair loss varies between patients. There are many options to restore and maintain hair today. One option to stimulate hair growth is PRP injections into the areas of concern.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma is a type of regenerative medicine that is created from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and spun in a centrifuge. After the blood is spun, the platelets are separated from the other blood components. The platelets are an ideal solution for stimulating hair growth.
The entire treatment takes approximately one hour.
Patients with mild to moderate hair loss are the best candidates for PRP injections. Additionally, patients that still have thinner hairs that can be seen during evaluation can use PRP injections to thicken the hair. Patients with more severe hair loss are less likely to be a good candidate for PRP but may be ideal for other hair maintenance and restoration options, such as a hair transplant.
Platelets have many functions of the body, including clotting and healing. Platelets do this by releasing a variety of growth hormones and cytokines. These same growth hormones can stimulate the hair to grow.
Injecting a concentrate of a patient’s own platelets into an area of hair loss can stimulate the thickening of hair and new hair growth. As the platelets are injected into the scalp, they will become activated and release stimulating growth hormones to promote hair growth in dormant hair follicles.
From current research, it’s been shown that PRP treatments can improve hair density by approximately 15%. One published study found PRP is effective for hair growth. It has also been shown to significantly stimulate the growth of fine, thin hairs into thicker hairs. During a consultation, we will evaluate the hair to determine whether PRP injections could help you achieve your hair restoration goals.
Patients will undergo three treatment sessions, approximately four weeks apart. They will begin to see improvement in the thickness and the number of hairs in 3-6 months. This result will last for around six months or more. At that time, the patient may undergo an additional treatment of PRP injections.
Carolina Facial Plastics is directed by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. The practice is solely focused on the aesthetic treatment of the face and hair. Our staff, Dr. Kulbersh, Heather Bryant PA-C, and Courtney Whitley, FNP-C, are dedicated to ensuring that patients have excellent hair growth results while having a wonderful experience.
To see if you’re a candidate for PRP injections at Carolina Facial Plastics by calling (704) 323-5090 or filling out the online consultation form to schedule a consultation.
Frequently asked questions
Patients will typically require three treatment sessions approximately four weeks apart.
We take many precautions at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte to prevent pain during injections into the scalp. We use topical numbing medicines to numb the area that will be injected with PRP. Patients will experience mild discomfort, but it is well tolerated.
PRP injections are not surgery, so patients should expect minimal to no downtime after treatment. Patients may experience some soreness in the area that can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.
Additionally, it is always possible for patients to have minor swelling or bruising with an injection. This is uncommon but may occur.
PRP injections are one treatment option to help patients restore and maintain their hair. We commonly combine PRP injections with other medical treatments, including but not limited to Rogaine and Propecia. There are other topical treatments and low-level light therapies that we may combine with PRP for optimal results.
During a hair transplant procedure at Carolina Facial Plastics, individual hair follicles are transplanted from one area of the scalp to another. After harvesting or removing the hair follicles, they are soaked in an iced PRP solution before implantation. After completing the transplant, PRP is injected into the transplanted hair areas to improve graft survival and healing and stimulate the transplanted hair to grow faster.