PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

PRP Therapy for Hair Loss helps to stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth.

Treatment Options

  • Increase hair count.
  • Increase hair thickness.
  • Stimulate the hair growth phase.
  • Promote new hair growth.
  • Decrease hair shedding.
  • For Men and Women.

Reactivate Your Hair Folicles

By now you’re probably familiar with, or at least have heard of the “vampire facial,” a skin treatment that essentially uses your own blood to help facilitate a glowing, youthful complexion. What you probably haven’t heard of is that there’s a similar treatment for hair loss, and yes, it requires your blood, too.

It’s called platelet-rich plasma, a.k.a. PRP, Here’s how it works: “Our blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.”

Growth factors, in a sense, play the role of messengers, signalling skin cells to function. In fact, they’ve been used in medicine to treat a range of health issues, including arthritis, signs of aging, etc. The good news for anyone with thinning hair, is that growth factors can “help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth.”

The use of PRP is a great treatment option for hair loss because it has a number of scientifically based articles showing its efficacy increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle, the treatment has been gaining popularity around the world within the last few years.

 

The Procedure

As with most procedures, there is a careful process involved in using PRP for hair regrowth, beginning with a standard blood drawn from the patient’s arm. Next, the tube of blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the blood tube to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.”

The process is meticulous — with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair — but typically, the entire procedure takes less than a half hour.

Risks Involved

It might sound scary (blood draws and needles?!), but for the most part, there’s no real risk associated with PRP. Most patients get injections without any numbing, as there is minimal discomfort. However, cool air or ice packs may be used to minimize pain. In the event there is any discomfort, Tylenol after the procedure is also recommended. Bruising can occur but usually resolves within a week or two.*

Minimal downtime, if any, is needed.

Is it right for me?

Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best, PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head.

In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.

 

The Results

For best results, consistency is the key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient’s response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months.

The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair.* The general consensus is that receiving treatments every three to six months on a long-term basis are optimal for continuing to stimulate the growth factors and stem cells that are associated with regrowth and stopping hair fallout.”

It’s important to keep in mind that PRP can, and should, be a part of a multifaceted program to treat hair thinning and loss. You may be prescribed spironolactone or finasteride to help promote hair regrowth as well if you are post-menopausal, says Zeichner. Topical treatments, like over-the-counter minoxidil treatments, can also be used.

Bottom line: While PRP treatments aren’t necessarily an easy or quick fix, they are a medically and scientifically backed option for those struggling to find hair-loss solutions.

 

Results may vary. Images courtesy of Sadick Dermatology.

Disclaimer

* Results of the treatments I perform do vary from person to person. I do NOT guarantee results or that results may be achievable for everyone. I will discuss your expectations, outcomes and risks (if any) during your consultation. Please refer to my Full Disclaimer for more information.

Make an Appointment

If you are interested in undergoing PRP Therapy for Hair Loss then please call the rooms now on 011 616 4040 and make an appointment. The staff will fit you in at your soonest convenience.

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78 Van Der Linde Road,
Bedfordview,
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