PRP Treatment – From Drawing to Injecting from Dr. Anil Shah on Vimeo.


PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a treatment where blood is drawn from a patient and spun down to extract a concentrated form of platelets and nutrients. These platelets are then injected back  into the patient to help targeted cells promote growth, healing and increase blood flow.

PRP was initially used by orthopedic surgeons for rehabilitation purposes, however it is a versatile treatment that spans many areas of medicine.  In our office PRP is used for hair regrowth, skin and female rejuvenation.  PRP is a non surgical procedure that is performed by using patient’s own blood. The blood is separated by centrifuge to obtain the PRP which contains growth factors which have been shown to stimulate hair follicles, build collagen, increase blood supply and help with healing.  The procedure takes about 1 hour but the majority of time is spent in preparing the PRP. Since PRP is the patient’s own blood there is no risk for allergy, hypersensitivity or rejection of the product. Improvements in hair growth are usually seen visually in 6-12m. The volume enhancement in the face is a natural result and is more subtle compared to filler.  

PRP Treatment For Alopecia - Female Rejuvenation Chicago

PRP Treatment For Alopecia – Female Rejuvenation Chicago



From genetics to autoimmune diseases such as Alopecia Areata to stress to just plain aging,  hair loss can be discerning to many women. Regenerative medicines, such as PRP, are the perfect option for many women. For patients receiving a hair restoration treatment, the scalp will be numbed using a ring block technique injecting local anesthetic to decrease any pain. Also, a vibrating distraction device is used to further minimize pain.


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Alopecia Areata is when the body’s own immune system attacks its own hairs, leaving round patches of hair loss, although diffuse loss and even total loss is possible. A blood workup for thyroid, autoimmune panels, ferritin should be done. The treatment that I use to help with alopecia is PRP. ⁠ ⁠ The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) commonly used in hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that has been shown to stimulate hair growth. For hair growth, PRP has been shown to decrease the hair sleep time and stimulate growth (anagen). One study found PRP effective for alopecia areata, which is very exciting and opens new ways of treating this difficult condition. I feel this is an exciting tool we have. I feel it can help stimulate collagen in skin, especially around the eyes and lips.⁠ •⁠ •⁠ •⁠ •⁠ #chicago #hairloss #hairtransplant #chicago #shahaesthetics #prp #malepatternbaldness #femalehairloss #regenerativemedicine #hairrestoration #hairlossclinic #hairlosssolutions #hairlosshelp #hairlosssurgery #hairlossspecialist #hairgrowth #thinning #balding #haircare #hair #alopecia #alternatives

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For patients using PRP in tandem with facial fillers, numbing cream and a  vibrating device is used to minimize pain. A vein finding device  called the AccuVein is also employed to find veins in the face to accurately inject the PRP+Filler to both avoid any veins to get the most of out of the injection and to minimize bruising.


Following the procedure there is usually a brief period of inflammation where the scalp and face  may be a little pink and numb for a few hours. Swelling can happen about 15% of the time and is usually noticed on the forehead or around the eye on the next day. Swelling usually improves in 1-2 days.  Few patients report mild headache the next day.




PRP treatment breakdown


  • Blood and Platelet Disorders
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Active severe infection
  • Cardiovascular instability
  • Anticoagulation therapy (warfarin)
  • Recent steroid therapy needs to be discussed
  • Smoking should be stopped

Post-Procedure Care:

  • No activity restriction. You are able to exercise as usual
  • You can shampoo/condition hair after 3-4 hours (next day better)
  • No harsh chemical coloring or perming for 3 days
  • Can resume topical like minoxidil the next day
  • Laser therapy can be resumed the next day