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PRP Injection Price Variations

PRP Injection – Why price varies?

PRP injection processingWhen shopping around for PRP it does not take long to discover that the cost of PRP injections for hair loss varies drastically from one clinic to the next.

Many people are not aware of the reasons why some clinics only charge a couple of hundred dollars while others can ask for amounts of around $1500 per treatment. How is this possible you ask? What are the reasons some charge more than others?

PRP Injection Price is affected by the following:

  • Blood volume – More blood extracted requires the use of more test tubes which increases the cost of the medical equipment involved. On the average PRP test tubes have a maximum capacity of 8mls each. Understand that these tubes must be discarded after use. Clinics that only take out 5-8mls of blood can get by using only the 1 test tube which keeps their operating cost down. When taking out large blood volumes of 60mls (or more) it is not uncommon to use 8-12 test tubes per treatment
  • Quality of the tubes – The tubes used during PRP can vary in price by as much as 200% when comparing cheap ones to the better quality ones.
  • Quality of the Centrifuge – A small portable and simple centrifuge can be purchased for a few hundred dollars but a medical grade centrifuge which is larger and concentrates the platelets to a higher degree costs thousands. The better quality centrifuge costs more to maintain and therefore can affect the price of the PRP treatment.
  • Who is performing the PRP Injections? The PRP can be performed by a qualified Doctor or a nurse which can affect the price. The Doctor’s time, skill and knowledge is far superior and worth more than that of any other staff member.
  • Anaesthetic used – The most effective way to anaesthetise the recipient area in a way that does not risk in reducing the benefit of the PRP is by local anaesthetic injection via the ring block formation which can only be done by a Doctor. The alternative is via an anaesthetic cream which is used by nurses or assistants. Injectable anaesthetic medications are restricted and cost more than topical anaesthetic creams which are available at any chemist, so it’s understandable that this alone will affect PRP injection price.
  • Supply and Demand – A reputable medical clinic that offers PRP performed by a qualified Doctor will attract more loyal patients. Under medical law it is not ethical for a doctor to advertise discounted procedures to entice patients into undergoing cosmetic treatment or surgery. For this reason non-medical businesses are highly likely to offer a cheaper PRP injection price per treatment (or even free treatment) to entice customers away from the more professional and reputable clinics. So be wary of “clinics” that offer vouchers for free treatment or reduced PRP injection price packages.

Remember that the right PRP injection price for you is always the price that you are willing to pay for the quality of treatment you are receiving. So do your homework and ask the right questions because comparing PRP injection price alone is a lot like comparing apples to oranges – you can’t make and accurate assessment of value for money. After reading this article we hope you now understand why what appears to be the same treatment can vary so much in price.