PRP Hair Therapy

What is Platelet- rich plasma (PRP) injection?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection is a non invasive procedure aiming at promoting the healing of damaged tissue and the growth of new healthy cells. PRP injections can be done for multiple purposes. PRP can be injected to the scalp to promote hair growth and thickening and prevent hair loss. PRP injection can be injected to injured tendons to stimulate the healing process. PRP injection has been found as a solution for many other problems such as osteoarthritis, postsurgical healing, and cut wounds.

How Does PRP work?

PRP is a natural substance found in blood. A sample of blood will be drawn from the patients; the amount depends on the area of treatment. Then, the blood is put in a centrifuge to spin it at high speed; that will separate the blood to two layers:

  1. Lower red layer that has the blood cells
  2. Upper goldish layer (plasma) that includes platelets and other growth factors

The top layer (plasma) might be placed in a centrifuge again to concentrate the platelets. Then the PRP can be injected to the area of concern. The most common areas of treatment are the scalp for hair growth and tendons for faster healing. PRP is usually applied to the face with microneedling to stimulate collagen production and healing. Finally, occlusive dressing may be applied to treated areas if necessary.

Who is qualified for PRP?

We highly recommend seeing your primary care physician for a full physical and blood work to ensure that you are a good candidate for this treatment. An ideal candidate for microneedling is someone in good health with

  • Skin concerns such as large pores, acne scars, fine lines.
  • Aging concerns such as wrinkles, loose skin, and sun spots.
  • Hair thinning or hair loss problems
  • Tendon or ligament injury
  • Post surgical / post injury wounds

Someone might not be an ideal candidate if they

  • Are pregnant
  • Are anemic.
  • Have some skin diseases
  • Have been on a recent radiation therapy
  • Have heart and bleeding problems.

How many sets of PRP are recommended ?

Length of a platelet rich plasma therapy session depends on the extent of hair loss / tissue injury, but generally takes one to two hours. Most patients need PRP therapy several times to achieve desired results. Others may only require PRP therapy once or twice a year.

What are the side effects and risks associated with microneedling?

Every cosmetic procedure comes with some side effects and risks. PRP injections commonly cause skin irritation immediately after the procedure with redness that might last for 2-4 days. Minor bleeding is not very common, but possible. Reach out to the provider in case of severe side effects such as infection, never injuries, and pain.

What is the recovery time for PRP therapy ?

There is no downtime associated with PRP therapy because no foreign substances are used. Daily activities may be resumed after treatment, but resting is highly recommended.

What are the pre-treatment instructions?

  1. Increase fluid intake the day before your procedure.
  2. Have a bottle of water before your session.
  3. Eat a normal breakfast and lunch the day of the procedure.
  4. Wash your hair the morning or the day before your session.
  5. You can color your hair up to three days before your treatment.
  6. Discontinue blood thinning agents at least one week before treatment.
  7. Avoid anti-inflammatory  medications for three days before your procedure. You can take Tylenol for pain or discomfort.
  8. Stop multivitamins one week before treatment.
  9. You can continue iron and vitamin D.
  10. Avoid alcohol three days before your session.
  11. If possible, stop smoking for three days prior to the treatment. 

What are the post-treatment instructions?

  1. You may shampoo your hair the day after treatment.
  2. You can color your hair three days after treatment.
  1. Limit sun on area for two days. You may wear a hat.
  2. Do not use blood thinning agents at least one week after treatment.
  3. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes for the next three days.
  4. Avoid inflammatory medications for three days after the procedure.

Five Minute Friday: The Secret Behind PRP Hair Treatments

Happy Friday! This week’s Five Minute Friday is for anyone who is noticing a lot of hair loss/thinning. I give you my top recommendations and the key reason why it is important to start treatment sooner than later. I help patients-women and men- to regrow their hair. I evaluate patients with blood tests, a scalp/hair examination, and hormone/thyroid/vitamin level testing. There are many things we can do to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. I perform cutting-edge Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections using your own stem cell growth factors to the scalp. I also recommend physician strength vitamins, DHT blockers, and physician strength topical hair regrowth treatments.Don’t wait until thinning is permanent. By the time you notice hair loss, it may not come back, luckily we have many new technologies to treat this very common problem. If you’re struggling with hair thinning or hair loss, come see me for a PRP Hair treatment!

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