PRP Hair Restoration
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP is a treatment used to accelerate healing in various areas of the body as well as restore hair growth. PRP is a substance drawn from your blood and injected into your scalp that can help heal bodily tissues, including follicles from which your hairs grow. PRP is extracted from your blood using a centrifuge-like mechanism that can separate the substance from your blood and increase the concentration of specific proteins that promote healing.
How do PRP Injections work?
PRP or platelet rich plasma injections are an in office procedure that leverages growth factors released from platelets in your own blood to stimulate hair follicle activity and promote new hair growth. A small vial of blood is taken from a vein in your arm and processed to increase the concentration of platelets in a fraction of plasma. This platelet rich plasma is then injected into the scalp in areas of hair thinning.
PRP treatment is minimally invasive as it is injected into the scalp approximately 0.5 inches apart using fine needles. There is no visible trace and no downtime. Targeted to the follicles directly, platelet-rich plasma stimulates angiogenesis and increased nutrients to hair roots, promoting growth.
While it is often beneficial following a hair transplant, it can also be used to treat individuals who are troubled by thinning hair but have not undergone an operation. The procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, a topical numbing agent is used to dull scalp sensation, ensuring maximum comfort.
What you need to know about PRP Hair Restoration
Can PRP treatments be combined with other treatments for hair thinning and hair loss?
PRP injections are often combined with other treatments for hair thinning and loss including hair growth supplements, topical OTC treatments such as Rogaine and/or oral prescription medications to promote hair regrowth such as Propecia.
How many treatments are recommended?
While the number of treatments may vary depending on individual factors, an initial series of treatments is usually recommended at monthly intervals for three months followed by maintenance injections every six to twelve months. Patients usually notice results within two to three months.
Are there any pre or post treatment precautions?
You should not take aspirin, Aleve, Advil, Motrin or any prescription anti-inflammatory medication for one week prior to treatment since these medications reduce inflammation which may lessen your results. Cigarette smoking at any time will also diminish results. Following treatment you should not apply keratin hair fibers to your scalp or color or cut your hair for three days.
The PRP Process
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