Maximizing PRP Results For Powerful Hair Restoration In 2024

Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts After PRP Hair Treatment: Maximizing Your Results

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PRP Results: How to mazimize them with evidence-based lifestyle choices.

 Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative solution for those battling hair loss.  While this treatment offers promising results, knowing how to care for your scalp post-procedure and between treatment sessions is crucial for increasing the odds of optimal PRP results.

 Here are the top 5 do’s and don’ts after PRP hair treatment to ensure you get the most out of your investment. 

Top 5 Do's After PRP Hair Treatment:

1. Gentle Hair Care

 Post-treatment, your scalp will be sensitive. Use mild shampoos and avoid harsh chemicals. Gentle washing and drying are key.  The healing process after PRP treatment is delicate. Rough handling or aggressive hair care can disrupt the natural healing process, potentially affecting the treatment’s effectiveness. PRP treatment is often used to stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair follicles. 

Vigorous hair care can stress or damage these follicles, counteracting the benefits of the treatment. The scalp might also be more vulnerable to infection immediately after PRP treatment. Gentle hair care reduces the risk of introducing bacteria or causing abrasions that can lead to infection. 

Ensure superior PRP results by providing gentle care that preserves optimal treatment conditions, facilitating the effectiveness of PRP therapy. This approach guarantees the efficient functionality of growth factors and other vital healing elements within the plasma, maximizing the outcome of your PRP treatment.

2. Stay Hydrated

 Hydration is essential for healing and hair growth. Drinking plenty of water helps in the recovery process and supports the overall health of your hair. Adequate hydration is crucial for the body’s healing processes. 

After PRP treatment, the scalp and hair follicles are in a state of recovery and regeneration. Staying hydrated ensures that your body has the necessary fluids to support these healing processes effectively. PRP treatment works by using the growth factors in your blood to stimulate hair growth. Good hydration supports healthy blood circulation, ensuring that these growth factors and nutrients are efficiently delivered to the scalp and hair follicles. 

Optimal hydration is crucial for promoting skin health, particularly on the scalp, enhancing PRP results. Well-hydrated skin maintains elasticity, benefiting the treated scalp area. Hydration supports detoxification, facilitating the elimination of toxins post-PRP treatment, optimizing overall outcomes.This is particularly beneficial after any medical treatment, including PRP, as it helps to clear any byproducts or waste from the system.

3. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Optimizing your nutrition is paramount for achieving remarkable hair growth and enhancing PRP results. A well-rounded diet abundant in essential nutrients, including proteins, vitamins, and minerals, is fundamental.

 Since hair primarily comprises keratin, a protein, ensuring sufficient protein intake is vital for fostering robust hair growth and maximizing the efficacy of PRP treatments. Incorporate protein-rich foods like lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, along with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily meals to nourish your hair from within (Almohanna et al., 2019). 

By prioritizing a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, you’re not only promoting healthy hair but also optimizing the results of your PRP therapy for luxurious, revitalized locks.

4. Follow-Up Treatments

PRP often requires multiple sessions. Adhere to your scheduled follow-up treatments to achieve the best results. PRP treatment often works best when administered in a series of sessions. The cumulative effect of multiple treatments can lead to more significant hair regrowth and follicle strengthening than a single session. Follow-up treatments allow the healthcare provider to monitor your progress, assess the effectiveness of the therapy, and make any necessary adjustments. 

This monitoring ensures that the treatment is tailored to your specific needs and is working as intended. Hair growth and follicle rejuvenation are processes that take time. Regular follow-up treatments can help sustain and enhance the results achieved, leading to more consistent and long-lasting benefits. Each PRP session can build upon the previous one, potentially increasing the efficacy of the treatment. 

Regular treatments can maintain the stimulation and nourishment of hair follicles, which is essential for continued hair growth and health.  

5. Protect Your Scalp

After treatment, your scalp will be more sensitive to sunlight. Wear a hat or use a scalp sunscreen to protect the area from harmful UV rays. The scalp, even when covered by a normal density of hair, is still susceptible to the effects of UV radiation. UV exposure can exacerbate certain hair loss disorders, such as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). 

When it comes to hair growth or the hair cycle, UV radiation can have several detrimental effects, including:

  • Acute Telogen Effluvium: This condition involves a sudden onset of hair shedding, often as a reaction to stress, which can be exacerbated by UV exposure.
  • Perifollicular Microinflammation: UV radiation can cause inflammation around the hair follicles, potentially disrupting normal hair growth.
  • Production of Free Radicals: UV rays can lead to the creation of free radicals, which are harmful compounds that can damage cells and tissues, including those in the scalp and hair follicles.
  • Increased Nitric Oxide: Although nitric oxide has various functions in the body, an excessive amount due to UV exposure can be harmful to hair follicles.
  • Release of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines: UV radiation can stimulate the release of these proteins, which can lead to inflammation and negatively affect hair growth.

Top 5 Don'ts After PRP Hair Treatment:

1. Avoid Harsh Styling Products

For those who have PRP delivered with our U225 mesogun, steering clear of harsh styling products for three days is sufficient. However, for those who have PRP injected via manual deep injection, it is recommended to avoid these products for at least a week post-treatment. After PRP treatment, your scalp can be more sensitive than usual. Harsh styling products often contain chemicals that can irritate the scalp, leading to discomfort, redness, or itching. These chemicals can cause inflammation, which is counterproductive to the healing process initiated by PRP. Inflammation can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment and delay the healing of hair follicles.

PRP treatment is designed to rejuvenate and strengthen hair follicles. Harsh styling products, especially those with stronghold or chemical components, can stress the hair follicles, potentially weakening them and negating the benefits of the PRP treatment.

Achieving optimal PRP results relies on leveraging the body’s innate healing capabilities. However, the introduction of harsh chemicals via styling products poses a significant threat to this natural process, ultimately impacting the efficacy of the treatment. It’s imperative to cultivate a scalp environment conducive to both healing and hair growth to maximize the benefits of PRP therapy.

The use of harsh styling products can disrupt this delicate balance, creating an inhospitable environment for the recovery and regrowth process. These products often leave behind residues and build-up that accumulate on the scalp and hair follicles over time. As a result, hair follicles become clogged, impeding their ability to recover and grow following PRP treatments.

To ensure the success of PRP therapy and optimize results, it’s essential to avoid harsh styling products that compromise scalp health. Instead, opt for gentle, natural alternatives to maintain an environment that fosters healing and robust hair growth. By prioritizing scalp health and steering clear of harmful chemicals, individuals can unlock the full potential of PRP treatment for revitalized, healthy hair. 

Embracing this approach not only promotes effective hair restoration but also enhances the overall outcome of PRP therapy, delivering remarkable results in the journey towards lush, vibrant locks.

2. Don’t Smoke or Consume Alcohol

Smoking and alcohol can impede the healing process. It’s advisable to avoid them for at least a few days post-treatment. 

Importance of avoiding tobacco for optimal PRP results

Research has shown that tobacco use can significantly impact the hair growth cycle. Smoking leads to the production of free radicals, which in turn facilitates the entry of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) into the dermal papillary cells. This increased presence of DHT is linked to a rise in the activity of sebaceous glands and 5α-reductase enzyme (5αR), as noted by Gatherwright et al (2013). 

Additionally, smoking triggers the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from follicular keratinocytes, a process which has been found to inhibit hair growth, according to Trüeb’s 2003 study. 

Furthermore, cigarette smoking can impair blood circulation, potentially leading to local ischemia. This diminished blood flow can compromise the nutrition of hair follicles, adversely affecting hair health. Finally, smoking may exacerbate androgen-dependent hair thinning. It does this by promoting the hydroxylation of estradiol and inhibiting the aromatase enzyme, which are both key processes in hair physiology (Trüeb, 2015). In summary, smoking can negatively affect various aspects of hair health and growth, underscoring the importance of avoiding tobacco for maintaining healthy hair.

Importance of avoiding cannabis for optimal PRP results

 A 2023 study discovered that exposing red blood cells (RBCs) in vitro to a mixture of cannabinoids led to several adverse effects (Lampron et al., 2023). These included the hemolysis (destruction) of RBCs, a reduction in the RBCs’ ability to transport oxygen, a decrease in platelet counts, and diminished platelet function.

 These findings indicate that the use of cannabis before a blood draw could potentially compromise the quality of the blood.

2023 Lampron Study

3. Don’t Expose to High Heat

 Avoid saunas, steam rooms, and hot showers for the first few days after treatment. Excessive heat can irritate the treated area. Post-PRP, the scalp can be more sensitive and susceptible to heat damage. High heat from tools like hair dryers, straighteners, or curling irons can cause irritation, dryness, and discomfort to the treated area. 

Exposing the scalp to high heat soon after PRP treatment can lead to inflammation. This inflammation can interfere with the healing process and may diminish the effectiveness of the treatment. PRP treatment is aimed at revitalizing and strengthening hair follicles. 

High heat can stress these follicles, potentially weakening them and counteracting the benefits of the PRP treatment. High heat can strip moisture from the hair and scalp, leading to dryness. Maintaining a balanced moisture level is crucial for the health of the scalp and hair, especially after a treatment like PRP. The effectiveness of PRP treatment partly depends on creating an optimal environment for hair growth and scalp healing. 

High heat can disrupt this environment, potentially affecting the results of the treatment. Heat styling, in general, can be damaging to hair. After PRP treatment, it’s especially important to reduce any stress on the hair to allow for the best possible regrowth and strengthening.

4. Don’t Expect Immediate PRP Results

Be patient, as it takes time to see the effects of PRP treatment. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see instant results. Hair growth is a naturally slow process. PRP treatment stimulates hair follicles to enter the growth phase, but like normal hair growth, this doesn’t happen overnight. Understanding this helps set realistic expectations. PRP therapy works by using your body’s own growth factors to stimulate hair follicles. 

The body needs time to respond to these growth signals and begin the regenerative and healing processes that lead to hair growth. Often, a series of PRP treatments is necessary to achieve optimal results. Hair growth may become more noticeable only after several sessions, spaced weeks or months apart, as each session builds upon the last. 

Each person’s response to PRP treatment can vary based on factors like age, genetics, health condition, and degree of hair loss. Some individuals may see results sooner than others. If one expects quick results, they might prematurely judge the effectiveness of the treatment. Understanding that it takes time allows for a fair assessment of the therapy’s success.


5. Don’t Scratch or Aggressively Brush the Scalp

It’s normal to experience some itchiness, but avoid scratching or brushing aggressively, as this can disrupt the treatment area. The scalp is more sensitive and potentially more vulnerable to infection immediately after PRP injections. Scratching or aggressive brushing can introduce bacteria to the injection sites, increasing the risk of infection. PRP treatment initiates a healing process in the scalp to stimulate hair growth. 

Scratching or harsh brushing can disrupt this delicate healing process, potentially affecting the treatment’s effectiveness and compromising your PRP results. The treated area might be slightly inflamed as part of the body’s natural healing response. 

Scratching or brushing aggressively can exacerbate this inflammation, leading to increased discomfort and potentially prolonging the healing time. Vigorous scratching or brushing can exert undue stress on hair follicles, especially when they are in a sensitive state post-treatment.

 This can lead to further hair damage or loss, counteracting the benefits of the PRP treatment. The success of PRP treatment relies on allowing the platelet-rich plasma to work at the site of injection. Disrupting the area through scratching or rough brushing can displace the PRP from the intended areas, reducing its efficacy.


Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) hair treatment represents a significant advancement in combating hair loss, offering hope to many who have been seeking an effective solution. However, to truly reap the benefits of this innovative therapy, it’s essential to adhere to specific guidelines and best practices. These do’s and don’ts are not just recommendations; they are crucial for enhancing the treatment’s effectiveness and ensuring optimal results.

Patience is an indispensable virtue when undergoing PRP therapy. Unlike instant solutions, PRP treatment requires time to manifest its full effects. The process of revitalizing hair follicles and stimulating new growth is gradual, and noticeable changes may take several sessions and a period of weeks or even months. It’s important not to get discouraged if immediate results aren’t visible. Trust in the science, be diligent with your lifestyle choices, and the PRP results will follow.

Many may even experience hair shedding, but this is considered a normal and temporary response.

In addition to patience, proper scalp care following treatment is paramount. This involves gentle hair care routines, avoiding harsh chemicals, and protecting the scalp from extreme conditions, such as excessive heat or UV exposure. 

Also, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and adequate hydration, can significantly support the healing and growth processes initiated by the PRP treatment. 

Furthermore, it’s crucial to follow through with the recommended treatment plan, which often includes multiple sessions. Each session builds upon the last, enhancing the overall efficacy of the treatment. Skipping sessions or not adhering to the prescribed schedule can diminish the potential benefits.

By combining these practices with regular consultations and follow-ups with your healthcare provider, you can ensure that you are on the right track and making the most out of your PRP hair treatment. With dedicated care and attention, transformative PRP results can occur and with that, a long-awaited solution to hair loss.


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