According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 30 million women and 50 million men in the United States have hereditary hair loss. Those figures do not include the millions more who struggle with thinning hair because of stress and other health conditions.
Over the past few years, advances in research and technology have cited Platelet-Rich Plasma as the one of the breakthrough techniques that can battle hair loss effectively and is showing great promise for people suffering from thinning or shedding hair.
How does it work?
In clinical studies, PRP therapy has verified efficacy in reversing hair loss and generating new hair growth, both by itself and in conjunction with hair transplantation. Because PRP contains numerous growth factors that promote rapid cell growth, PRP revitalizes the area by introducing these growth factors, fueling stem cells in the scalp to produce new cells which then encourage the hair follicles to yield hair again.
PRP therapy can be an effective hair restoration treatment for hair loss caused by:
- Alopecia Areata
- Alopecia Totalis
- Female Pattern Hair Loss
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Male Pattern Hair Loss
- Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency/medication
What is the procedure like?
When used for hair restoration, PRP therapy involves a blood draw from the arm, then spinning it in a centrifuge until the beneficial platelets collect in a tube. Each session includes a series of PRP injections into the scalp, which is numbed before the procedure and takes about one hour. After the injections, we apply the rest of the plasma topically with a dermaroller. These tiny punctures made by this microneedling device signal the body’s natural healing response to injury and energize the scalp, which further activates the PRP. At Aspen Institute, we perform 3-4 sessions 4-8 weeks apart to ensure maximum follicle activation.
What can I expect for results?
Although the effects of PRP hair restoration therapy do not provide instant gratification, most patients will notice a difference after about eight weeks. At first, the new hair is blonde and downy, but over time each hair shaft becomes darker and thicker. New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is usually more noticeable between 5-8 months. Hair growth will continue to progress up to a year after treatment. To maintain the hair and keep the hair looking young and healthy, we suggest that our patients return once a year for a PRP treatment.
Using PRP for hair restoration can bring substantial results without surgery. At only a fraction of the cost, PRP can continue to grow new hair for the long-term.
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