Due to research and advances in technology, the medical community is discovering more about how tissues and wounds heal. As a result of more recent studies, PRP is now recognized as a promising, natural way to stimulate cell repair for the hair, scalp and skin.
Platelets are cells that circulate in our blood and bind together when they identify injured blood vessels. When platelets respond to injury, they in turn boost healing by accelerating the level and rate of tissue regeneration to form new cells. In this case, platelets stimulate stem cells and other cells in the hair follicles to encourage hair growth. The main goal of PRP for hair restoration is provoking inactive hair follicles to develop.
What is the procedure for PRP therapy for hair loss?
The procedure for PRP therapy for hair is approximately a one-hour outpatient procedure. To begin, we draw a small blood sample from your arm, then the test tube is immediately spun in a centrifuge at high speed to create the platelet-rich plasma by separating the platelets from other blood components. Meanwhile, the scalp is prepared with a numbing cream or local anesthetic before the PRP is introduced into the scalp area where the hair growth is weakest. Immediately after the injections, a micro-needling device may be used to create very tiny puncture wounds on the scalp, further signaling the release of the growth factors in the platelets and increasing their positive effect on cellular activities around the follicles.
PRP is a safe and natural alternative to surgery. Pain can be easily managed in most cases with an over- the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen. 4-6 hours after PRP injections, some mild swelling of the forehead may occur and should resolve within 48 hours. You should avoid vigorous activity until the swelling is gone. You should not experience any downtime or noticeable side effects of the procedure. You can wash your hair normally immediately after the injections. New hair growth has been recorded as early as 2 months, but is typically seen between 5-8 months and will continue to improve up to one year after treatment.
How do I know if PRP therapy for hair restoration is right for me?
If you are not interested in surgery, want to prevent further hair loss and are currently experiencing thinning hair, you are likely a good candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy. In clinical studies, PRP has been shown effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, and has regrown hair in alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patients with non-hereditary hair loss.
Some of the cases in which PRP can be successful are:
- Alopecia Areata
- Alopecia Totalis
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in early stages
- Metabolic hair loss – caused by iron deficiency or medication
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