Regrow hair using your own Platelet-rich-plasma
IS PRP THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes the stem cells and growth factors from the patient’s own blood to trigger the growth of hair from resting or miniaturized hair follicles. This therapy is suitable for both men and women. The result of this therapy is fuller and healthier looking hair.
PRP is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
Your blood is drawn - typically from your arm - and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
red blood cells
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
Often times this procedure can be assisted with the use of a cell matrix or A-cell in the PRP.
A-cell is a porcine derived powder that has regenerative properties like stem cells. When combined with PRP concentrate, the serum can then be injected into the scalp to encourage hair growth. The PRP and Acell matrix helps to heal damaged hair follicles which in turn allows for more, and thicker hair growth.
THE BENEFITS OF PRP THERAPY OVER TIME
The PRP procedure comes in more than one dose. It is a series of injections carried out over a period of weeks and redone over several months, so you will begin to see changes as you progress through the treatment. What you may notice are as follows:
Your hair may become thicker and denser in the problem areas being treating
The appearance of balding and thinning spots may be reversed
Your receding hairline may begin to grow back in
Your self-confidence will increase gradually as those problem areas may seem to disappear
At times, PRP may be uncomfortable, so topical anesthetic or lidocaine will be used. There is virtually no downtime following a procedure and you should be able to be back to work the next day with no noticeably trace of the PRP injections.
PRP is not a permanent fix. Maintenance of one treatment per year is usually required to maintain results. Additionally, androgenetic alopecia is caused by the hormone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and PRP does not to do anything to mitigate the effects of this hormone.
PRP injections have shown a positive therapeutic effect on both male and female hair loss without major side effects. The potential for using this therapy to boost hair loss thickness and density as a standalone treatment, or after a hair transplant is good.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is a good candidate for PRP hair therapy?
Studies have shown that the best candidates for PRP therapy are those whose hair loss is recent since it can be difficult to revive long-dormant hair follicles. Ideally, a patient's scalp will feature areas of so-called “weak-quality” hair growth where functioning hair follicles remain.
How long does PRP for hair take to work?
PRP hair restoration produces noticeable results after just four to six weeks. However, it may be approximately 3.5 months before you see the results you were looking for. Due to the hair growth cycle, ideal results can take up to three sessions spaced one month apart to become apparent.
What is the success rate of PRP?
A 2017 study out of Italy also found male patients had increased hair and density in areas where doctors used PRP therapy. Dr. Khetarpal says it takes about three months to see an improvement. After that time, most of her patients – both male and female – have regrown 30% to 40% of the hair they've lost.
Who should not get PRP?
Contraindications for PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma injections may not be appropriate for a patient who: Has a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections, such as an active infection, a metastatic disease, or certain skin diseases. Has certain blood and bleeding disorders.