PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is an advanced technique used in many different non-surgical procedures. This is because this method is effective at jumpstarting the body’s own systems and augmenting regrowth of the skin’s important functions. It can be used with hair
What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a substance that is processed from the patient’s blood sample in order to separate the blood cells from the platelets in the blood’s plasma that are rich in growth factors. These valuable growth factors are responsible for jump-starting the skin’s cells to repair themselves and can also stimulate hair follicles to grow new hair. This technique has been shown to be effective at increasing hair count, thickness, and frequency, and is becoming one of the most popular options for hair restoration.
Who is a candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
This procedure can be a great option for patients who don’t wish to undergo a transplant procedure and are showing the beginning signs of hair loss. Most people experience at least some hair thinning or loss over the course of their life, but PRP works best for those with thinning hair on the top of the head. This technique can be preferable for patients who might experience a reaction to any materials used in a transplant procedure, since this technique uses only the patient’s blood.
What happens during PRP Hair Restoration treatment?
The first step in PRP treatment is to collect a blood sample, the amount of which can depend on how large the treatment area is. Once the appropriate amount is drawn, the vials are placed within a centrifuge which separates the blood and plasma. This valuable and highly-concentrated platelet-rich plasma is then injected into specific areas of the scalp (about a half inch apart over the treatment area) where it will best function to jumpstart the follicles. Depending on the size of the treatment area, this process can take around a half hour.
What results can be expected?
PRP treatment can require multiple sessions. With this treatment plan, most patients see results after two to three months because of the hair’s natural growth cycle. This is usually indicated by the existing hairs shedding before thicker, longer regrowth occurs. While PRP is an effective hair loss solution, it can be augmented with a multifaced approach to regaining hair which can include topical or prescribed treatments from a dermatologist.
To assess your options and create a specific treatment plan, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Brien and our licensed medical aestheticians. We serve patients looking for excellent results in St. Petersburg and the outlying areas.