Those experiencing hair loss can rejoice that a new innovative treatment might be the answer to all their hair loss woes! Hair loss affects millions of people across the globe and can be very devastating.
Both men and women can experience hair loss, and it can greatly affect their self-confidence and daily lives. Today’s culture find those with luscious locks to be attractive, so a person suffering from hair loss might not feel as appealing to others like they once did when they had a full head of hair.
While there are many different hair loss treatments out there, both at-home and in-office, Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment might be the best yet! Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment first originated in Europe decades ago and is used in various parts of medicine, including for soft-tissue injuries and hair loss.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for Hair Loss?
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for hair loss uses a patient’s own blood to stimulate new hair growth on their scalp. Blood is made up of white blood cells, red blood cells and plasma (which is the fluid part of your blood that carries and suspends blood cells and nutrients to the rest of your body). The platelets of your blood are really tiny cells that automatically rush to wherever there is an injury in your body to plug up any bleeding, form a clot and then repair any damage.
Turns out these platelets are also rich with growth factors, which stimulate tissue recovery since they help increase blood flow. But these growth factors are also known for enhancing and stimulating hair follicles, which is why Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is so effective. The treatment uses a concentration of plasma rich in platelets (that no longer have any white blood cells and red blood cells).
Ideal candidates for Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment include those who are not completely bald or have low-density hair. Also, if you suffer from medical conditions with hair loss as a side effect, Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment might not work given the hair loss can come back as long as you continue to suffer from the condition.
A full round of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment can result in thicker hair, an increase in growth and an arrest in hair loss for a bit. However, patients will need to continual yearly treatments to maintain their optimal results.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment: Step-By-Step Procedure
Once your board certified dermatologist signs off on Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for your hair loss type, you’ll have to schedule several sessions over a period of a year. Expect to have the first three sessions back-to-back in the first three months, with others once every three to six months. Once those initial sessions are complete, you’ll want to at least have another Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment session at least once a year to maintain your successful results.
This non-surgical option does not take long, has minimal effects and downtime, so you can go about your daily life as soon as your session is completed. These quick injections take minutes and can even be done on your lunch break! No down time is needed, and you won’t feel any pain afterwards.
What to Expect During a PRP Treatment for Hair Loss:
Blood Draw and Blood Spinning
At your first session, you’ll need to get your blood drawn from your arm in order to start the process. You’ll need about 20ML of blood to have enough for your session. Your tube of blood is collected and then spun in a centrifuge to separate it into various layers of red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. The red blood cells will fall to the bottom, while the white blood cells and platelets with plasma will stay on top. Then on top of that layer is a clear solution of blood plasma.
The clear blood plasma is removed, and the tube is spun again to separate the white blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma, which contains growth factors, which are what will help with hair regrowth.
The Actual Procedure
Once the blood is ready, your doctor will start the actual procedure. You’ll be given some numbing cream if you’d like right before the injections. If not, the doctor will mark your scalp where hair needs to regrow. This is where the platelet rich plasma will be injected at the follicle level to promote hair growth. The site is then cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection (which is practically the only risk involved with Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment.
Some doctors might also use micro needling along with Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment, which uses a derma roller to create micro holes on the scalp. These micro holes will also trigger your scalp’s ability to naturally make collagen and elastin to create an ideal environment for your own natural hair to start growing back. These micro holes not only induce the platelets to release the beneficial growth factors at the site, but also awaken the dormant hair follicles to stimulate regrowth.
Patients might experience a bit of redness and spotting, but the pain will be minimal, and you’ll be able to still go about your daily life right after. Each session will follow the same steps as the initial one, so the more you go, the more you’ll get used to it.
Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
There are several advantages of undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment over other oral, topical or surgical hair loss treatments, such as:
- Minimal side effects. Patients might experience redness and soreness on their scalp for one to two days.
- Fast recovery time. Patients can go on with their lives right after each session is complete.
- Invasive procedure that only requires one blood draw and several injections for each session.
- Fast treatment times. Patients can expect to be done with each session within 60 to 90 minutes.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of this treatment, give Central Coast Regenerative Medicine a call at (805) 250-4450 today!