Thinning scalp? Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a safe, effective, and natural treatment for hair loss. PRP is a three step procedure that begins with a simple blood draw. Your blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma and then the platelet rich portion of the blood is injected directly into areas of hair loss. The growth factors in PRP help stimulate hair follicles. Because it is your own blood that is used and the treatment is performed with meticulous attention, risks are minimal. There is also minimal downtime after the procedure. Increasing clinical data suggest this treatment is effective at increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair. However, as with any relatively new procedure, long term data are still being collected. PRP is usually part of a detailed program prescribed for hair loss after a consultation with Dr. Gandhi.