PRP for hair loss is an effective way to stimulate new hair growth in the follicles of your scalp. This state-of-the-art treatment is accomplished through the use of growth factors present in your blood.
What is PRP Therapy?
Human blood is made of blood cells and plasma. Blood cells, which include red blood cells and white blood cells, are suspended in plasma. A component of the plasma is miniscule specialized cells called platelets.
Platelets are responsible for clot formation and are considered a reservoir for growth-promoting factors. Additionally, platelets stimulate tissue recovery and are responsible for the enhancement of hair-follicle functions.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is processed blood with an increased concentration of platelets achieved by removing red and white blood cells. PRP is harvested from the patient’s blood itself and reinjected into the scalp to restore blood flow to hair follicles and promote new growth.
Ideal Candidates for PRP Hair Restoration
The ideal candidates for PRP hair restoration are individuals who have experienced hair loss but are not completely bald. Ideal patients are non-smokers; smoking is known to increase the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the blood, which is a known cause of skin problems.
Patients who experience hair loss due to a medical skin condition are not recommended for PRP hair restoration. Also, those with genetic disorders such as hemodynamic instability, platelet dysfunction syndrome, hypofibrinogenemia, and thrombocytopenia are not eligible.
Your Consultation at Skin Spectrum
Before the procedure, you and your doctor at Skin Spectrum will have a detailed discussion regarding your medical history, medication intake, nutrition, hair-care regimen, recent surgeries, and history of hair loss.
The doctor will conduct a physical examination to assess your overall health. Tests such as a scalp biopsy and blood tests may also be prescribed to assess your eligibility for the procedure.
Preparing for PRP Hair Restoration
The success of a PRP hair-restoration procedure is largely influenced by whether or not the patient follows a few preventive measures in the days leading up to the procedure.
It’s best to avoid vitamin supplements such as multivitamins, blood thinners, and other medications that could result in complications. In general, it is recommended to discontinue these medications a week in advance.
Avoid smoking and the consumption of alcohol before your treatment date. Candidates are advised to wash their hair either on the previous night or the morning of the procedure. Increase your water intake 24 hours before the procedure.
What to Expect with the PRP Hair-Restoration Procedure
The PRP hair-restoration procedure is largely divided into two processes. The first process is the extraction of PRP from the blood, and the second is reinjection into marked sections on the scalp.
PRP extraction begins with the drawing of a small amount of blood from the candidate. The blood is then processed to separate the blood cells from plasma. Another round of processing is performed to concentrate the PRP.
In the second stage, marked areas on the scalp are treated with local anesthesia, followed by an application of a disinfectant. The PRP is then injected through a micro needle.
After PRP Hair-Loss Treatment
PRP for hair loss is not associated with any downtime, and patients can usually return to their daily schedule immediately. It is common to experience a degree of tenderness or soreness in the treated areas, but these are only temporary.
Contact Our Office to Schedule a Consultation
At Skin Spectrum, we offer a number of treatments to revitalize patients’ experience, including PRP for hair loss. Learn more for yourself – contact our office and set up your consultation.