One of the newest treatments hair restoration procedures available is PRP (platelet rich plasma). This is an outpatient clinical service that only takes a few hours of time and has been found to naturally stimulate hair regrowth for men (and women) who are experiencing hair thinning in focus areas.
Hair restoration using PRP therapies is one service we are pleased to offer our clients at Natural Restorations Hair Center in Madison, Mississippi. In this article, we will share the details of the treatment, what is involved in terms of your visit to our clinic, and how it works.
How Was PRP for Hair Loss Discovered?
Platelet rich plasma treatments have actually been clinically available for the past twenty years. In the medical community, the technique has been used for wound repair, anti-aging skin treatments, and in scar revision procedures where patients wish to rejuvenate and lighten scar tissue.
PRP is still used for serious wound repair, including treatment for diabetic ulcers and pressure sores. And, it is also an effective option for individuals who are receiving dental implants to reactivate the gum tissue and stimulate healthy new growth. Plastic surgeons also use PRP therapy to regenerate skin cells in areas that have been scarred by cosmetic procedures.
Given the success of tissue regeneration, and a deeper clinical understanding of some of the underlying causes of hair loss, PRP therapies for hair restoration began. It’s important to note that PRP is not a permanent solution to hair loss. But for men and women who are experiencing thinning hair, it is an ongoing treatment that can help address and delay the visual progression of baldness.
There are many underlying causes of hair thinning and loss. The PRP treatment method does work for the majority of patients and provides measurable results, however if there are other health related conditions that may be causing hair loss, the results can vary.
After the first set of three PRP injection sessions, the patients are encouraged to wait at least six months to see the overall effect. It can be repeated, but if PRP is ineffective at restoring hair regrowth, our physician at Natural Restorations Hair Center will recommend other treatment options.
How Does PRP Work?
Platelet rich plasma is highly concentrated with growth factors, which are excreted through the platelets. These growth factors and cytokines act as signals to skin tissues and cells that stimulate the healing and regeneration process of the scalp which is necessary to encourage the growth of new hair follicles.
Rich in stem cells which activate the natural healing process, platelet rich plasma stimulates cellular regeneration below the surface of the scalp. This encourages the healthy growth of new hair follicles which can help ‘fill in’ sparse areas where baldness is starting to occur. It is one of the most economical and least invasive clinical hair restoration therapies that can be used to address a receding hair line, or early pattern baldness problem areas.
After a free consultation with our physician at Natural Restorations Hair Center, the first treatment appointment is scheduled. Effective PRP treatments typically involve one visit every 6 weeks for a duration of three therapies to address thinning hair in targeted zones on the scalp.
During the treatment, blood is drawn from the arm of the patient while they are relaxed in our treatment chair. The physician will then place the collected sample into a machine called a centrifuge, which rapidly spins the sample until the plasma (the yellow fluid within the blood) is separated. Then the platelet-rich portion is drawn out of the sample for treatment application.
Plasma carries water, salts and enzymes, proteins, hormones and nutrients through the blood to all areas of the body. The platelet-rich portion is also rich in the following growth factors and is a plentiful source of essential nutrients that skin needs to provide rejuvenating and healing to the scalp, which in turn helps generate new hair growth.
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
- Transforming Growth Factor-Beta (TGF-β)
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)
- Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF)
After the plasma has been prepared and drawn, your scalp is numbed and the physician uses a small needle to inject the plasma directly into areas that are experiencing mild to moderate hair thinning and loss. The needle helps to deliver the nutrient rich plasma into the underlying tissue where the hair follicles (roots) are located.
After Procedure Care
There is minimal to no downtime required for patients who undergo PRP treatments to address hair loss. A warm shower (not hot) after the procedure can help to stimulate blood flow in the treatment areas. Over the counter pain relief medication such as Tylenol or Advil can also be used. Patients should avoid hair coloring, processing or the use of heated hair tools such as a blow dryer for about 48 hours after the treatment has been completed.
Our physician may recommend some medications such as Rogaine to be continued through the three treatment process. The combination of PRP with medical therapy has shown to be very effective for our patients.
Contact Natural Restorations Hair Center today to schedule a free, no-obligation clinical consultation. Our physician will review the pattern of hair loss and the condition of your scalp, as well as other health conditions to determine if PRP hair treatments are right for you.