Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
a product made from a patient’s own blood
PRP Hair Restoration /
The use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – a product made from a patient’s own blood – as an injection into the scalp to promote hair growth, is taking the hair industry by storm because it really works!
The method makes growth factors isolated from your blood to re-stimulate the hair follicles, causing new hair follicle proliferation and promoting regrowth and improved hair quality.
Hair makes up a huge part of how we feel about ourselves, and how confident we feel when we present ourselves to the world. Thinning, patchy or balding hair can be a source of sadness, stress and even embarrassment, often making us feel less sexy and tired looking or aged. Concerns about hair loss effect men and women equally, and both the sexes look for solutions that will have them look like their young selves again.
Why Am I Losing Hair?
Hair loss can find start quite suddenly and often it seems like it is without any reason. The reality is that hair loss occurs for a number of reasons including heredity/family history, hormonal changes that can be age related or brought on by other stresses, anemia, an over or under active thyroid gland, nutritional deficiencies, longterm stress, anxiety and chronic lack of sleep. As part of your assessment we take a thorough medical, lifestyle and diet history and may recommend blood tests to check for common causes of hair loss. It is important to address any underlying causes of hair loss that may exist in order to have an optimal outcome.
What is Normal Hair Loss? /
Normal hair loss can be categorized as a fall rate of between 50-100 hairs daily. Although this sounds like a tremendous amount of hair loss it is considered normal and should not cause you alarm. Actual hair loss means that the cycle of new hair growth is not keeping pace with the shredding cycle and hair starts to thin over time. Hair loss can also be caused when a hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
Non Surgical Hair Loss Therapy
We are proud to offer PRP hair loss treatments at our medical location because they work and are safe for patients and are relatively cost effective. Currently we treat both male and female pattern hair loss with PRP but are also using PRP in the eyebrow area and even in the beard area to help stimulate regrowth and fullness brought on by hair loss or thinning. The results from PRP hair loss treatments are very natural as they revitalize your existing follicles and cause the proliferation of new follicles, creating a completely natural look without scars.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma injections a new treatment?
PRP has been around for many decades and was initially used in addressing medical concerns that required cellular regeneration and wound healing. For this reason PRP is used frequently in the fields of plastic and re-constructive surgery, oral surgery, orthopaedics, and sports medicine to help with muscle and joint tears and strains. PRP is also now used for hair growth and re-stimulation because it is believed that the growth stimulating properties of the platelets and plasma can effectively induce activity in hair follicles that were previously inactive, thus boosting the bodies natural hair producing mechanism.
Schedule your consultation with me to have any additional questions answered /
If you think that PRP hair restoration is something that interests you than call my office to book a complimentary initial consult and sit down and speak with me directly. I would love to answer your questions and provide you with insights and education around hair loss and re-growth. My goal is that my patients make informed, educated decisions that are right for their particular health and circumstances.
What should I expect when it comes to PRP hair restoration treatments? /
When you come into our location we will start your PRP hair restoration treatment by drawing blood from your arm – typically one vile is enough.
The blood will then be processed in our PRP centrifuge that separates the blood into its many components – blood cells and platelet rich plasma. Once this is completed the plasma is injected into the scalp manually in a fashion that garners superior results. When done correctly this procedure does not hurt and typically does not require numbing creams. It is best to avoid numbing creams when possible because they may reduce efficacy and also prevent the scalp from being cleaned completely before starting injection. The PRP treatment process can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes depending on the treatment area of the patient.
It is key to remember that PRP hair restoration is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option that does not result in scarring or bleeding. You will be okay to leave our medical facility directly after your treatment and are okay to drive yourself home. It is recommended that you come in for your PRP hair and scalp treatment at a time when you can return home after treatment, as the PRP serum is left on the scalp and is not washed out until the following day.
How long does it take for PRP hair restoration to start working? /
I recommend that patients do three PRP hair restoration treatments that are administered one month apart. Results from the treatments will usually show approximately 4-6 months after the first treatment was received. PRP restorative hair treatments should be used in conjunction with other hair “best practices” to ensure that results are great and sustained over the long term. PRP hair treatment can be combined with other hair treatments which can often result in augmented results.