What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a scientifically proven form of regenerative medicine that is created from your own body’s blood to harness the incredibly rich supply of platelets and their natural growth factors to both heal and regenerate human tissues, including hair. PRP is created by taking a small sample of blood, centrifuging (spinning at high speed) it in order to remove the unwanted blood components thus leaving us with an ultra-concentrated layer of growth factor rich platelets.
The highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp or other targeted areas that are in need of regeneration. PRP contains many natural growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. Because PRP consists of your body’s natural healing platelets, it provides a safe and effective treatment for hair restoration.
How Can Platelet-Rich Plasma Help Hair Loss?
PRP is a great solution for both men and women looking to stimulate hair growth with little downtime. These injections of PRP can stabilize hair loss and in many cases stimulate new hair growth for those who suffer from hair loss or thinning. Because of the injection methods, we are able to specifically targets the areas of the scalp where you are wanting new hair growth. This procedure usually takes about 45-60 minutes from the time your blood is drawn until the PRP is purified and injected into your scalp. Research studies have shown that it typically takes 3 treatments (spaced 6-8 weeks apart) to see maximal benefits. Many patients will continue to get a single treatment once a year afterward in order to maintain hair growth and stabilize future hair loss.
Is There a Recovery Period Following PRP?
Patients who undergo a hair restoration procedure with PRP may return to their normal activities the same day, as it’s done under local anesthesia and no sedation is required. There can be minor side effects at the site of injection such as bruising, swelling, and tenderness.
Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP?
A good candidate for PRP hair restoration is anyone suffering from alopecia but otherwise in good health. Because the treatment uses your own blood and plasma, it is a safe option. However, you should not receive this procedure if:
- You have trouble with blood clotting or other bleeding problems
- You have a history of skin cancer on the scalp
- Your blood has low platelet counts
- You are nursing or pregnant
- You are suffering from or have recently suffered from a blood infection
- You are receiving cortisone therapy
- Your blood pressure is chronically low or unstable
- You currently have or recently recovered from cancer
Achieve a full head of hair with Annapolis Plastic Surgery today. Whether you combine PRP with other treatments or decide to follow through with just this treatment, our team will work with you to determine the best possible solutions to achieve your goals.*Disclaimer: results may vary