Hair loss can be a problem for millions of men and women, both young and old. It can decrease self-esteem and confidence, and limit one’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest. The degree to which balding affects people can be different but certain emotional reactions seem to be shared by many. While it is more socially acceptable for males to lose their hair, it doesn’t mean they are not bothered by it. Similarly, women often feel “they are alone” with this problem – and that’s certainly not the case either (50% of women experience some degree of hair loss by age 50). It’s safe to say that whomever is experiencing hair loss – they don’t like it!
What is PRP?
PRP treatment is a revolutionary no- surgical hair restoration method. It works by allowing the body’s own “building blocks” to rejuvenate hair growth with long-lasting effects. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and it contains three to five times more platelets than normally circulating in the blood. Platelets naturally play an important role in wound healing and PRP is currently being used in dermatology, plastic surgery, aesthetics and hair restoration. Platelets release growth factors which initiate the healing cascade; the beauty of PRP is its ability to “redirect” the body’s own healing properties to turn back the hair loss process.
How effective is PRP treatment?
Studies of PRP effectiveness have shown it can yield a notable increase in hair growth in patients. A study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery showed that PRP resulted in an increase of 22.09 follicular units per square centimeter after a few treatments. That’s a lot!
Before and afters for PRP:
Before and After photos coming soon.
Who is a good candidate for PRP Hair Treatment?
Anyone who is in overall good health and experiencing male or female pattern baldness – also called androgenic alopecia, is a potentially good candidate for PRP. Other hair loss problems such as alopecia areata and traction alopecia can also be treated by PRP. At our consultation, one of our doctors will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate.
What should you expect during the procedure?
Blood is drawn from a patient and is then spun in a centrifuge, separating the plasma ( the clear part) from the rest of the patient’s blood. The entire process takes about 60 minutes to perform.
What to expect after treatment?
Recovery is very simple. There may be a little soreness and swelling in the scalp for up to 6 hours after the treatment. Patients should refrain from vigorous physical activity until swelling has completely abated.
When can you expect results from PRP treatment?
Results can vary from patient to patient, but improvements may be noticeable in as early as one or two months, though it may take around 5 months or more for results to become more pronounced and reach their maximum.