Men and women suffering from androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, typically experience a receding hairline and hair thinning or loss from the top of the scalp. Androgenic alopecia is seen in about 30 percent of men over the age of 30 and 50 percent of men over 50. Androgenic alopecia is also common in postmenopausal women. The condition is characterized by a gradual loss and shrinkage of the normally thick hair follicle.
PRP hair restoration is a non-surgical solution for men and women suffering from hair loss, balding, or hair thinning. Doctors who specialize in hair restoration use PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy to stimulate natural hair growth and increase hair density, count, and thickness.
PRP is an ideal hair restoration treatment for men and women suffering from thinning hair and androgenic alopecia. In addition to treating hair loss, PRP treatment may also be recommended for patients who have received hair transplants and want to maintain or improve their results.
PRP hair restoration is performed by injecting the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma into the scalp at the area of balding or hair thinning. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that can thicken the hair follicle, strengthen the existing hair, or stimulate natural hair growth.
First, a sample of your blood will be drawn. The blood is collected and then centrifuged. This process separates the platelet-rich plasma, which contains a high concentration of growth factors, from the red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma. Prior to the injection, the treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic. The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the area of the scalp where the hair is thinning.
PRP therapy has long been recognized for its accelerated wound healing properties in such applications as surgery and sports injuries. It is also a popular procedure among celebrities who want cosmetic enhancements such as skin rejuvenation. While there is increasing evidence in the therapeutic role of platelet-rich plasma in hair loss, the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. Some of the research available indicates that the release of growth factors from the platelets at the time of injection into the scalp can prolong the first phase of the hair growth cycle. PRP can also promote differentiation of stem cells to follicular cells, increase the growth of the dermal papillae, and improve cell survival. All of these factors will result in an increase in hair density and thickness.
While specific treatment plans vary by patient, PRP therapy is typically performed three times at one-month intervals. However, the number of sessions required will depend on your level of hair loss and other factors. A treatment plan will be developed for you during your consultation.
You should be able to return to your regular activities immediately after your treatment. However, your scalp may be tender or sore for a few days after your procedure. Some patients may begin to see initial results in about two weeks, but measurable results are most often seen at three to six months after treatment.