PRP HAIR RESTORATION:
Approximately 50 million men and 30 million women experience hair loss as a result of their genetic makeup. For many of us, hair thinning is a scary thought. New advances in the emerging use of FDA approved, Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) therapy, however, can help turn the process around and reverse hair loss or thinning. PRP therapy utilizes small injections of platelet-rich-plasma at the hair follicle to promote healing of damaged hair follicles and stimulate follicle activity to increase hair count and hair thickness!
What is PRP?
Our blood is made up of two main components – red blood cells and plasma. The plasma contains water, electrolytes, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are integral to our body’s healing process. They contain many different growth factors and cell signaling substances that direct many different kinds of cells to grow, proliferate and migrate, thereby accelerating wound healing. PRP contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. In high concentration, platelets injected near hair follicles will release these growth factors and can thus reverse hair loss and promote new hair growth.
Your appointment will begin with a standard blood draw from your arm. The tube of blood collected will be transferred to a centrifuge, where it will be spun to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The bottom layer of plasma contains a high concentration of platelets, which are then obtained and used for injection.
PRP is directly injected into the site of hair loss in a meticulous process. Injections are made across the scalp approximately every 2-3 cm over the area of thinning hair.
PRP essentially sends a message of “injury” to the skin and hair follicles, which, via release of growth factors and cell signaling, leads to an increase in cell repair mechanisms and follicle stimulation. The repair process results in hair follicles producing more hair that is both thicker and stronger.
What To Expect
The procedure takes on average an hour, however may be longer depending on the degree of hair loss. Immediately after the procedure, a cool pack is applied to the scalp to minimize discomfort. The most commonly reported temporary side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, tingling and/or feeling of pressure at the injection sites. Cold gel packs, ice and Tylenol can help with this. Bruising can occur and typically is not noticeable. To avoid bruising, refrain from consuming alcohol for at least 6 hours and refrain from taking Aspirin or NSAIDs for several days. There is very little, if any, downtime. Patients are to avoid touching or scrubbing the injection sites for 12 hours. Patients are advised to refrain from blow drying, coloring or processing their hair for 48 hours. Warm showers (at least 12 hours post treatment) are encouraged to help blood flow and circulation through the scalp.
Results usually take 2-3 months to be seen as a result of the body’s natural hair growth cycle. Initially you will see decreased hair shedding, followed by hair regrowth that is stronger and thicker!
For optimal results, we recommend 4 treatments at 1 month intervals followed by a single treatment every 4-6 months.
Other home use modalities such as, laser phototherapy, topical solutions (Rogaine), oral medications (Finasteride) and Latisse may be used to further results.