PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Hair Restoration
Often, patients ask me what they can do for thinning hair. Thinning hair comes with aging or injury to the hair follicle (chemicals and mechanical injury). Ten years ago, the main option was to do follicular grafting which required surgery and was time consuming. Thankfully, now we also have a nonsurgical option to offer patients, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP has been used for over 20 years in orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery for joint repair and wound healing respectively. Nowadays, PRP has gained popularity for its use in facial rejuvenation. Research has shown it also has a significant role in improving hair loss. PRP can improve hair thinning by stimulating the hair stem cells which aide in follicle growth and by providing a nutrient dense environment for hair regeneration.
Now, within the comfort of our office, you can have a PRP treatment done to improve your hair loss. After applying a topical anesthetic, your blood is drawn, spun down in a centrifuge, to yield the PRP. The PRP is injected into the scalp in the target regions of hair regrowth. The best candidates are patients who have hair thinning and are experiencing early stages of hair loss. When the follicle is still present and can be stimulated, is when patients will see the best result. Most patients who request this treatment have thinning at the crown of the head, frontal hairline region or sideburns. A wonderful advantage is no downtime after the procedure. You can go back to your active lifestyle the next day.
Multiple treatments, spaced one month apart, are needed to see optimal results, and I recommend at least 3-4 treatments performed 4-6 weeks apart. It can take up to 3 months to start to see results for hair restoration of the scalp.