Platelet-rich plasma, also referred to as PRP, is a concentration of platelets in your blood that is greater than what you would find in regular blood. This occurs when the platelets are separated from the other components of your blood and concentrated.
PRP focuses on using your body’s platelets to stimulate follicular regrowth within the scalp. PRP helps hair growth by increasing the number of platelets in the scalp. These platelets release growth factors, which promote hair growth. PRP has been shown to be an effective treatment for hair loss, and can help to restore lost hair, thicken thinning hair, and prevent further hair loss.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRP FOR HAIR LOSS?
There are a number of benefits associated with PRP for hair loss, including:
- It’s natural
- There is no surgery necessary
- Hair regrowth is all your own
- Results look and feel natural
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PRP?
Typically, good candidates for PRP for hair loss are those in the beginning stages of having their hair thin. They also should have follicles that are still partially active. However, just because you may have more advanced hair loss or inactive follicles, this doesn’t mean that you are not a good candidate. It just might mean that you may require more treatment with slower results in the long run.
In general, you should consider PRP for hair loss if you are:
- Bothered by the appearance of thinning hair
- Starting to experience hair loss
- Done trying over-the-counter hair restoration treatments
- Not wanting to resort to surgery
Be sure to report all medications that you’re currently taking before your procedure. This includes all supplements and herbs as well. Your provider will typically advise against doing PRP for hair loss if you’re on blood thinners, have a history or drug/alcohol abuse or are a heavy smoker.
You also may be rejected to treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with:
- Chronic skin disease
- Low platelet count
- Thyroid disease
- Chronic skin disease
- Acute or chronic infections
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PRP FOR HAIR LOSS?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with PRP. These include:
- Allergic reaction to the PRP solution
- Bleeding or bruising at the injection site
Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with PRP with you before you undergo treatment.
If you are considering PRP therapy, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether it is the right treatment for you. PRP can be a safe and effective way to promote healing and improve the appearance of your hair and skin.
PRP for hair loss typically takes around an hour to perform. This includes the time it takes to collect platelets from your blood. Clients will need anywhere from 3-7 PRP Hair Restoration treatments to start seeing growth in their hair.
The results arise after 3 months of treatments. The hair grows back thicker and fuller after this time frame. There is minimal or no downtime associated with PRP hair loss treatment. However, your scalp may feel a bit sore and tender for the first few days after each session. It is recommended to not wash your hair for at least 24 hours after treatment.
PRP FOR SKIN REJUVENATION
There are other purposes to PRP as well. Some of them include reducing fine lines, diminishing acne scars and reducing wrinkles and deep creases. This happens through stimulating cell replication, collagen production and new blood vessel formation.
If you have tired or dull skin or starting to see signs of aging then platelet-rich plasma treatments can be performed on all skin types and tones.
The treatment takes roughly around 45-60 minutes to perform. Anesthetic cream is applied to the desired treatment area first. Some patients experience mild discomfort, especially around sensitive areas like the mouth, eyes and hairline.
The results are best after 3 treatments separated by 1 month in between treatments. There is no downtime or minimal downtime associated with PRP treatment. Although, your skin may be tender and sensitive for the first few days after the procedure.
Overall, PRP is great for hair loss and/or skin rejuvenation. If your hair is thinning or you’re starting to see signs of fine lines or wrinkles, then consider taking up PRP.
Contact our office today to see which treatment or combination of treatments is best suited for your situation.
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