PRP HAIR RESTORATION
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a natural therapy that exploits the regenerative potential contained in out platelets, in order to induce repair and new tissue generation. PRP induces regeneration of the hair bulb environment, increasing blood supply and enhancing hair follicle cell proliferation, resulting in stronger, nicer hairs. In stimulating the hair bulb environment, PRP provokes a natural process that results in strengthened hairs. Its natural and “autologous” quality excludes side effects. PRP hair restoration is a safe, natural alternative that involves injecting the scalp with platelet-rich plasma obtained from the patient’s own body to restore miniaturized follicles and repair damaged tissues. Performing PRP requires a just few milliliters of blood. The sample is centrifuged to concentrate the patient’s platelets in a little amount of plasma. This is then injected through a thin needle in the skin of the scalp. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections rely on a technique both simple and safe, using the regenerative and healing properties of platelets. Platelets have the ability to locally release growth factors, small molecules that act as messengers to initiate the process of cellular regeneration. Platelets contain abundant levels of growth factor proteins that can accelerate healing and help restore fading hair. These properties also make them an effective method of improving the rate at which certain wounds recover, such as tendon tears, and can ease pain from arthritis.
Male pattern baldness is caused by follicles in the scalp ceasing to produce hair. The injection of platelet-rich plasma has been shown to cause the growth of new hair follicles or stimulate existing ones that have gone dormant. The typical course involves three treatments, with results being seen in as little in six months. PRP is often used alongside hair transplants to help encourage hair growth in the newly transplanted hair and surrounding dormant follicles.
All medical procedures come with some possible risk of side-effects. Platelet Rich Plasma has few potential side-effects since it is composed of the patient’s own blood. Those who report side effects most commonly report tenderness in the scalp after the treatment. Other reported side-effects include swelling at the injection site, itching, and headaches. Some patients also report that the injection site will bleed for a short period after the injection has been made. Outside of these relatively benign side-effects, no major or life-threatening side-effects have been reported as being associated with this procedure.
It will be between six months and a year before you start seeing noticeable results in your mirror, though some report seeing results in as little as three months. To maintain these results often requires additional treatments being administered every six months to a year. Throughout this period, regular photographs will be taken to track your progress and clearly show whether you’re experiencing results from the treatment. Research has shown that PRP is a very promising treatment for male pattern baldness, though studies are still coming in and being analyzed. If you have questions please call our office, or stop by our clinic location, we’d be happy to help.