One of the most trademark parts of our individual appearances is our hair. Whether we sport long flowing locks, a sassy pixie, a traditional buzz cut, or a customized cut by our trusted barber, how our hair looks can make or break how we feel about ourselves. It may be caused by genetics or the aging process is to blame, but sometimes hair starts to thin and fall out, making us wish we could go back in time. This problem doesn’t just affect a small number of people—about 50 million men and 30 million women struggle with hair loss! Fortunately, there’s an innovative way to regain your confidence and bring back your individual look so that you can feel your absolute best every day.
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP for short, is rich in growth factors that can be used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles. Hair follicles are the culprits behind your thinning hair or sparse patches—just like you, follicles age too! Many people are familiar with PRP treatment thanks to Kim Kardashian publicizing the PRP facelift (aka “Vampire Facial”) back in 2013, but the use of PRPs to stimulate hair follicles is much tamer in comparison.
What is involved in a PRP treatment for hair?
Before the treatment can be performed, blood is extracted from the patient’s arm and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge, which is a machine designed to separate liquids with different densities, separates the platelets from the red blood cells. The platelets are then collected by the doctor performing your procedure. From there, the platelets are injected across the scalp with meticulous precision—you won’t even see the needle while the doctor works! The entire procedure generally takes less than half an hour, making it an ideal option for patients looking to fit an effective procedure into a busy lifestyle.
How painful is the procedure?
We’re all familiar with the old maxim “beauty is pain,” but fortunately, a PRP treatment for hair loss isn’t one that demands a high pain tolerance from patients. Many patients even get the injections without numbing the area, as the discomfort is so minimal.
When will I start seeing results?
There may be a small degree of discoloration or discomfort immediately after the procedure, for which ice packs and Tylenol offer an easy fix. The key to seeing lasting results is consistency with appointments—ideally, patients should schedule a PRP hair treatment procedure once a month for 3-4 months, and then every 3-6 months thereafter. Patients who strictly adhere to their treatment regimen can expect to see results as early as two months.
The sooner you take control, the better
PRP treatment for hair loss is most effective when the hair loss is recent due to the fact that it’s easier to re-stimulate slowed hair growth than to try to “turn on” hair growth. So, don’t wait! If you notice that your hair is thinning or bald patches are appearing or you’re shedding more than you’re growing, it may be time to schedule an appointment and discuss PRP treatment! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will make setting up your first appointment a breeze—from the moment you pick up the phone, you’ll know you’re not alone and that you have a team of professionals behind you who are committed to restoring your hair to its fullest and healthiest!Previous Post Next Post