Hair loss can be a devastating experience. You may lose your hair after a big surgery or illness, or you may simply be experiencing the natural loss of hair as you age or experience increased stress. No matter what the cause, it is important to treat your hair loss as soon as possible by finding a treatment that works for you.
There are many different causes of hair loss, including:
- Thyroid problems
- Trauma or injury
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated blood serum that has been used in medicine for over 30 years. It works by stimulating hair follicles and promoting the growth of new, healthy hair. In order to use PRP, a trained professional will draw some of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge for 8-10 minutes to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then injected into the areas where you have hair loss or thinning.
How Do Platelets Make My Hair Grow?
When you brush your hair or tie it back, you are probably not thinking about how your scalp is being injured. But in fact, brushing your hair or pulling on it with a hair tie can cause damage to the skin cells that make up your scalp—and when these cells are injured by trauma, they release platelets.
Platelets contain an important protein called PDGF, which stands for platelet-derived growth factor. PDGF stimulates cell growth and division—in other words, it encourages existing cells to grow and divide into new cells. This is particularly important when it comes to growing hair follicles, which is why when your scalp is injured by brushing your hair or by pulling on it with a hair tie, the platelets release PDGF and signal your hair to grow.
If you’ve ever pulled on your hair too hard while trying to get it into a ponytail (or pulled out so many hairs that there’s nothing left but stubble), then you know exactly how this works: Your scalp gets irritated from all of that tugging, the skin starts to break down, and before long those damaged tissue cells are releasing all kinds of substances into your bloodstream—including PDGF.
What is the Process?
The process begins with a simple blood draw from your arm, done by a trained professional. BLT numbing cream can be applied to the scalp for 20 minutes before injecting the platelets while the blood is spinning in the centrifuge. Some physicians will use a regional nerve block.
They will then spin your blood in a centrifuge for 8-10 minutes, separating out the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. The platelets are then injected back into your scalp using tiny needles. This takes about thirty minutes; however, multiple treatments may be needed depending on the patient’s desired results.
How Does PRP Actually Work?
When it comes to hair loss, there are a lot of options that can help you fight back. But one of the most popular is PRP (platelet-rich plasma), which is a type of growth factor therapy.
PRP has been studied in a number of different areas, including sports medicine and orthopedics. But how does it work for hair growth?
PRP typically has a higher concentration of platelets compared to whole blood. These platelets contain numerous growth factors and restorative properties that may play a role in its beneficial effects. For example, PRP stimulate cells in the dermal papilla, resulting in increased hair density and thickness.
When Will I See Results?
It is important to remember that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is not a quick fix and consistency is key. You can expect to see results within two to three months.
If you are looking for PRP treatment for hair restoration, it’s best to schedule three treatments at 4–6-week intervals with our staff so they can monitor your progress throughout the healing process.
Post Treatment Instructions
After a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, you may experience some burning or stinging 5-15 minutes post procedure.
After your treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise for about 24 hours post procedure. You may also experience a mild “bleeding” appearance that will resolve itself over the next few days. In order to avoid any potential issues related to bruising, we recommend that you bring a hat with you to the treatment.
A maintenance/follow up treatment should be made in one year.
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Hair loss can be very upsetting and affect your self-esteem, however, with a PRP treatment it does not have to affect you any longer. Learn more about PRP hair restoration treatment and what it can do for you. Contact us to schedule your consultation.