PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss is one of the most common complaints expressed by adults of all ages. We've come to realize that it isn't only middle-aged men who lose their hair. Women can also experience hair loss, as can younger men. Fortunately, the more researchers have learned about hair loss, the better we've gotten at treating it.
Here at Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center, you can explore the benefits of PRP hair restoration treatment. To learn more now, give us a call at (704) 771-1747.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is found in your blood. It has two elements. Plasma is the liquid aspect of your blood, including red and white blood cells and, as you may have guessed, platelets. Platelets are specialty cells in the blood that are integral to your natural healing responses. These are the cells that help your blood clot when you get a scrape or cut. They also stimulate tissue repair and cell reproduction through their many growth factors. The most basic definition of platelet-rich plasma is that it is blood that has a higher concentration of platelets.
How Does PRP Help Correct Hair Loss?
There are many growth factors in platelet-rich plasma. Examples include EGF, VEGF, FGF, TGF, PDGF, and CTGF. These terms mean nothing to you at first glance. What you need to know is that these growth factors are involved in tissue repair and remodeling. Platelets also contain molecules that support cell proliferation and migration, cytokines, anti-inflammatory agents, and anti-microbial peptides. In combination, these organic ingredients can be beneficial in a number of areas of medicine. This is why PRP is commonly used by orthopedic specialists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other healthcare providers.
The way that PRP can help slow or reverse hair loss is by infusing the scalp, where hair follicles have gone dormant, with growth factors and other nutrients. Hair restoration may also be supported by increased circulation and cellular proliferation in and around the hair follicles.
What is the Treatment Process?
Hair loss treatment involving platelet-rich plasma is a multi-step process. First, your provider will draw your blood. The vials of blood are put into a special machine called a centrifuge. This spins at a speed that causes fluids to separate based on their density. After just a few minutes in the centrifuge, blood is separated into three different layers. The provider draws the layer of platelet-rich plasma into a syringe. In the final step of the process, the PRP is injected into the area of the scalp in which hair growth has slowed or stopped.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Because PRP hair loss treatment works naturally by stimulating regenerative processes, it usually takes multiple sessions to achieve profound tissue renewal. After your consultation and examination of your scalp, Dr. Gear may recommend three or more treatments. Appointments are scheduled about four weeks apart, providing enough time for the platelets to affect the hair follicles.
When Will I See Results?
You can expect to start seeing a difference in your hair growth, thickness, and fullness about three months after you begin treatment. By this time, you may have completed your final session. The infusion of PRP into your scalp should continue your hair regrowth process for up to six months.
Are the Results of PRP Hair Loss Treatment Permanent?
The results of your PRP treatment can be very long-lasting. However, they may not be permanent. The aging process is always affecting the body, including the activity within the hair follicles. To support prolonged results from your PRP treatment, we suggest scheduling touch-up appointments a few times a year. You and Dr. Gear can discuss what may work best for you and enable you to continue reaping the rewards of this powerful treatment.
Is there Recovery after PRP Hair Loss Treatment?
We don't expect that you'll need much downtime after your PRP hair loss treatment. For your first appointment, you may want to arrange to go home to rest afterward. This is because there is the potential for dizziness or nausea after the treatment. These aren't serious side effects but they can make it difficult to go right back to work and other activities.
As soon as you feel well enough, you can resume your normal activities. You can expect to notice some irritation and discomfort in the scalp after your procedure. This can last several days but should gradually resolve as time passes. Dr. Gear can discuss what you can do to manage scalp discomfort. You will need to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication after PRP treatment because we want the inflammatory process to occur uninterrupted. This helps stimulate tissue regeneration.
You don't need any special aftercare to help your scalp heal after PRP injections. You can go back to washing your hair as normal right away. The doctor may recommend avoiding certain products, like hair gel or mousse, for a few days, or the use of a blow dryer. You also must wait at least three days to perm or color your hair after your appointment.
Schedule Your Consultation For PRP Hair Restoration Today!
The team at Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center is proud to offer friendly, professional service to patients in our comfortable Charlotte, NC office. To learn more about PRP hair restoration treatment, contact us at (704) 771-1747.