Hair loss can be an embarrassing issue. Male and female pattern hair loss is a genetic problem that can leave you feeling helpless. Options, like prescription drugs, are often only partially effective and carry the potential for unwanted side effects. Surgical hair restoration can be expensive and does not treat the underlying medical problems.
Now there is an affordable way for you to improve your hair density without surgery or harmful side effects. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair restoration involves a series of simple injections of your own platelets into the vascular layer of your scalp.
Platelets contain healing growth factors. Those growth factors are like signal callers that give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. This has lead different fields of medicine to utilize PRP for wound healing to speed up recovery time and regrow healthier, stronger tissue.
Now doctors have discovered new benefits for hair thickening and regrowth. With PRP for hair regrowth, your growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the minaturization of the hair follicle and jumpstart dormant hair back into the growth stage.
Talk to your provider for a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan.
Treatment will vary based on your need. Initially, your provider may recommend three treatments spaced 1 month apart. After the initial treatment, many physicians suggest by maintenance treatments 2-4 times per year.
No, collecting the PRP usually takes 10-15 minutes. The PRP treatment itself is even faster. It often takes as little as 10-15 minutes.
There may be some sensitivity. However, most physicians utilize effective anesthetic solutions, such as ice or a topical analgesic to minimize any potential discomfort. Talk to your provider about the right option for you.
There is no downtime or long recovery process. You should take a warm shower the evening of the treatment. In addition, it is advised to avoid using any harsh dyes or chemicals on your hair for 48 hours.
PRP is not a cure for baldness (Androgenic Alopecia). The genetic medical problem will always remain. However, there is evidence that regular treatments can significantly slow down the effects of Androgenic Alopecia and works to increase hair density. This treatment can be combined with medication that may slow the loss of hair due to hormones.
These photos are of actual patients who would be happy to call you upon request and provide a personal account of their experiences with PRP for hair restoration at the Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine.