What is PRP For Hair Loss?
PRP for hair loss is the process of taking a patient’s own blood and processing it so that only the enriched cells remain, and then injecting these enriched cells (PRP) into the scalp.
How does it work?
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. It has been used a medial adjunct therapy for over two decades for skin and wound healing. It has been used extensively in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics for the last twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the area of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a valid treatment option to promote hair growth. While PRP is still in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, it is a nonetheless a promising non-surgical therapeutic option for those patients with hair loss.
Who is a candidate for PRP For Hair Loss?
Anyone, male or female, who is experiencing unwanted hair loss or thinning that requires stimulation of hair growth is considered a viable candidate for PRP for hair loss. Patients with an underlying disorder such as thyroid or lupus are not the best candidates for PRP for hair loss since these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time regardless of treatment. PRP for hair loss also works better on patients with more recent hair loss since it is more challenging to “wake up” hair follicles that have been dormant for a long period of time. You may still see some results if your hair loss isn’t recent, but the result may not be worth the investment.Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use, or with medical diagnoses such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hyperfibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders are also not considered candidates for PRP therapy.
Is it safe?
Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP. You should not undergo PRP therapy of any kind if you are taking blood thinners since these will make your platelets and the procedure as a whole less effective.
Is it painful?
PRP for hair loss can be slightly painful. We try to alleviate pain associated with this procedure as best as possible by use of a topical numbing cream or an anesthetic block to the scalp. In instances where a patient’s pain tolerance is abnormally low, we can provide oral sedatives or pain medication.
How long does PRP For Hair Loss take?
Your entire PRP with microneedling appointment will take about 1 hour for a full scalp treatment. You will need to spend some time before the procedure having your blood drawn and with the topical numbing agent on your scalp or letting the anesthetic block work.The procedure itself will take about 30 minutes once your blood is drawn and spun.
How often does PRP For Hair Loss need to be performed?
Most patients who are or have experienced hair loss will continue to get PRP therapy every 3-4 months to maintain hair growth over time. It is a continuous process since the hair follicles will require constant stimulation to force them to continue to be active.
How long do results last?
Results will be permanent as long as you continue treatment every few months to continue to stimulate hair follicles that would otherwise lay dormant.
What is the recovery from PRP For Hair Loss like?
Since it is a non-surgical procedure, healing and recovery are virtually non-existent. Most patients are able to return to work the next day and only have a tiny bit of discomfort at the site where blood is drawn or where the injection takes place. The process is no more painful than a shot, and there is nothing specific that needs to be done to promote recovery.
What areas of the body can be treated with PRP For Hair Loss?
PRP for hair loss is performed on the scalp. Please ask us if you are looking to do PRP for hair regrowth anywhere other than the scalp.
What do I need to do to prepare for PRP For Hair Loss treatment?
Prior to your treatment, disclose your medical history and any medications you are currently taking to your provider. Drink plenty of water before your procedure to make your blood draw easier and to promote healing.
When will I see aresults?
It usually takes patients a few months to start seeing results, and results vary from patient to patient. Patients in good health tend to have more favorable results than patients who are unhealthy in any way. Most patients undergo multiple treatments for maximum results.
What should I expect at my appointment?
Your provider will draw your blood in our office like you are having routine blood testing. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood through special preparation by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. You will be given an anesthesia block to the nerves of your scalp to make the procedure as tolerable as possible and alleviate any pain. Your own highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into your scalp. Sedation or medication is not normally given during the procedure, but this can be arranged if you have an abnormally low pain tolerance. If you are given any type of sedative or pain medication, you will need someone to drive you home from your treatment. Please let us know prior to your treatment if you think you will require an oral sedative or pain medication.
How much does PRP For Hair Loss cost?
PRP for hair loss costs vary from person to person depending on the amount of treatments needed and the size of the area to be treated (whole head vs sideburns only, etc.). Please call or email us with your specific inquiry and we will be able to send you a quote prior to your appointment. We offer package deals for sessions purchased in bulk. Please don't forget to ask about any promotions we are running. If you consent to participate in our “model release" we may offer additional discounts on your treatment or package!