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Extraction Techniques of PRP Hair Transplant

By Naman ModiTwitter Profile | Updated: Friday, 05 March 2021 13:29 UTC
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Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a promising treatment for androgenic alopecia, a type of hair loss. Some people experience significant improvement after several sessions. Images via Dr. Usha Rajagopal, San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center.
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a promising treatment for androgenic alopecia, a type of hair loss. Some people experience significant improvement after several sessions. Images via Dr. Usha Rajagopal, San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center.

Over 80 million US citizens suffer from male and female pattern baldness. The number is higher on a global scale. Thus, it causes some pain every time you brush your hair, and you get a handful of strands on the brush. But, it does not worry you so much since you have heard of SmartGraft from Beverly Hills hair clinics. There are several hair treatment methods, including PRP therapy.

What is PRP

PRP is a protein product drawn from your blood. The doctors extract enough blood from your antecubital vein. Then, they use a coagulant to process it. The blood and coagulant are placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the blood content. We will check the whole process in the section below.

The platelet-rich plasma promotes faster healing of wounds and injuries. The protein element helps in clotting and healing when you get an injury. It enables the cells to rebuild, regrow and regenerate. Thus, it speeds up the healing process of any injury. It revives any old and dying hair roots leading to the growth of strong and healthy hair.

PRP therapy has minimal side effects. That reason has made it popular for patients with hair loss problems. However, it is among the newest hair loss treatment methods.

Extraction Method

PRP hair therapy starts when you seek consultation at Beverly Hills hair clinic. The doctor will book you a day according to their schedule.

The technician will draw some blood (about 20 ml) from the antecubital vein in your arm on the appointment day. It is the best vein to select as it contains oxygenated blood. Thus, it will have enough platelets and oxygen for the treatment.

They mix the 20ml blood with 10 ml of coagulant. It helps the red blood cells separate from the plasma. Then, they place the content in a centrifuge and rotate at a high velocity for about four minutes. The second spin lasts for one minute that helps to demarcate the buffy coat better. They then harvest 1.5ml of PRP and buffy coat from each 10ml of blood. Thus, they will have 3ml of PRP from 20ml blood drawn from your veins.

The process boosts the concentration of platelets by about seven times the baseline value. The normal concentration is usually around 200000 microliters with a variance of 75000 microliters. The final concentration after the centrifuge separation is about 10,000,000-14,000,00microliters

They draw the PRP with an insulin syringe. Then, they use the right size of needle to inject your scalp. They inject the PRP at the dermis level at an interval of 1cm. The injections range from 15-20 per session.

The experts call this process differential centrifugation. In this process, the spin speed is set to blood and the different specific gravity. The first spin separates the plasma from the red blood cells. The red cells are not useful in the treatment process. Thus, it's thrown away. The second spin concentrates platelets in one section of plasma. It ensures they get the right amount of platelets in a small volume of plasma.

After the first spin, the blood separates into three layers. The top layer contains white blood cells. The middle is a buffy coat that separates WBCS from the bottom red blood cells. The top and the middle layers are useful in PRP concentration.

Other Uses of PRP

Athletes have used PRP therapy longer than the hair industry. They use it to treat sprained joints and other sports injuries.

The platelet-rich plasma helps regenerate the cells, Hence speeding up the healing process. The discovery led other medical departments to think of using the blood protein to regenerate cells to increase the healing rate.

Safety of PRP Hair Treatment

PRP is one of the safest hair treatment methods you will find at Beverly Hills Hair clinics. It is part of the SmartGraft process as it helps reduce the rate of hair loss. Thus, it ensures that the hair transplant is a success, and you are not left with hair patches when hair loss continues after surgery.

The process is non-invasive. Thus, you do not need downtime as you wait to heal. You can take the therapy with other treatment methods such as hair transplant. The doctors will use your blood to prepare the PRP dose. Thus, there are no chances of cross infections. Also, you will need no surgery or drugs to have PRP therapy. It makes it a convenient method since all you need is to attend all sessions, usually four or more weeks apart.


Beverly Hills hair clinics care for your hair's health. That is why they add PRP therapy in their Smartraft processes. It is an optional therapy that they advise their patients to take. It may add to the cost of other hair treatment methods, But its benefits surpass the cost. You can have PRP hair therapy if you seek treatment early enough before losing a massive amount of hair.

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