What is PRP Hair Restoration?
Are you looking for a hair loss solution? A therapy that promotes healing in injured joints may help restore your lost hair.
About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. It can begin early in life, but is much more common after the age of 50, when more than 50 percent of men will experience some kind of hair loss.
However, an emerging treatment — platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — appears to help regrow lost hair. And, there are virtually no side effects from PRP, except for a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site.
How does PRP therapy work on Hair Loss?
Physicians began using PRP therapy about a decade ago to speed up the healing process in damaged joints after injury or surgery.
During the treatment, a technician draws your blood and spins it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. Doctors then inject the plasma, which helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production.
Doctors began using PRP in dermatology after researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
Doctors inject plasma into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. They typically administer injections monthly for three months, then spread them out over about three or four months for up to two years. The injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age and hormones.
All PRP is not equal.
Your results will also depend on the technique used for PRP injections. All PRP is not equal. At Glo Medspa, we use a 60ml blood draw with a dual spinning process. This insures that the plasma is separated from the blood, and then on the second spin we isolate the platelets at the bottom of the tube, which is then used to inject into the area. These platelets are where the macrophages, and the growth factors live. The more blood drawn, the higher concentration of platelets, the larger the area we can treat, and the more chance for success.
What makes you a good candidate for PRP Hair Regeneration?
Part of the success of PRP comes from selecting the right patients for therapy. PRP is safe and effective for many people. However, you should not have PRP therapy if you fall into either of these groups:
- If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you aren’t likely to have good results because these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time.
- If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure is not as effective.
PRP therapy works better if your hair loss is recent. It is more challenging to “wake up” hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time.
We tell people that we can get your hair back to what it was approximately five years ago. If your hair loss is older, you may see some recovery, but it’s likely not worth your investment of time and money.