PRP Hair Restoration
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has proven to be very beneficial for both men and women who are suffering from hair loss. PRP is a non-surgical option for patients who want to stimulate hair growth for aesthetic purposes, or if they have a condition that causes hair loss.
What Happens During PRP Hair Therapy?
PRP therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
Some in the medical community think that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
How do You Prepare For PRP Injections?
Generally speaking, there are few steps to preparing for PRP injections. However, PRP can be injected in different ways. For example, sometimes a topical numbing lidocaine solution is applied to your scalp before injection. You may have to arrive early to a treatment session for this to be applied.
How Does it Work?
Human blood contains stem cells and autologous blood products that contain essential growth factors that assist in the regeneration of tissue and healing. Evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. Blood is drawn in office, similar to a routine blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated. It is then removed from the rest of the blood. An anesthesia block may be administered to the scalp, allowing for reduced discomfort. The concentrated PRP is injected into the scalp. There is no sedation involved with this procedure, so the patient is then free to drive home without assistance.
Is PRP For Me?
There are some factors which make PRP hair restoration inadvisable. Patients with a history of heavy smoking, drug use and alcohol use are not recommended to receive PRP hair restoration.
When Will I See Results?
Treatment effects are visible as early as 2 months after treatment!
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Typically, the number of treatment sessions range from 4-8 treatments, depending upon the actual application needed, and each patient. Please consult with Dr. Gillespie at Gillespie Plastic Surgery to better understand your individual needs.