Regrow Hair Naturally with PRP
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Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is something that has primarily been used to promote healing in sports medicine and orthopedic cases, but has also been used effectively in neurosurgery and oral surgery, and as a cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Recently, research has found that PRP therapy is a promising option for hair restoration, with the ability to stall thinning hair and re-activate remaining hair follicles, resulting in a fuller, thicker head of hair.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Plasma is the clear, yellowish liquid part of your blood. It is around 90 percent water, and makes up about 55 percent of your blood volume. Its primary job is to help your blood move smoothly through your body, while also working to maintain a stable blood pressure and transporting vital proteins that assist with clotting and immunity support. Plasma also monitors and helps to balance pH, which keeps your cells functioning at an optimal level.
Platelets are the cells in your blood that are responsible for clotting. They float around in an inactive state most of the time, but when you get injured, the damaged blood vessel will send out a signal to the platelets, causing them to travel to the area. Once they reach the injury site, the platelets activate and bind to the damaged vessel, causing the blood to clot and stopping the bleeding.
Platelet rich plasma is created by taking some of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of the cells in the blood. This combination of plasma and platelets contains growth factors that can stimulate hair growth and strengthen healthy follicles.
How Does PRP Help with Hair Loss?
In the case of PRP therapy for hair loss, the theory is that it works by boosting inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into their active growth phase. It can’t regrow hair where there is no follicle (places where the hair has completely fallen out) and is only effective in treating thinning hair due to male pattern baldness.
PRP is recognized in the field of hair restoration as a promising option for treating thinning hair, but it is still in the early stages of research. There is evidence that shows success, but not enough has been done to prove the true effectiveness of the treatment.
However, because PRP is minimally invasive, nearly painless, and involves no downtime, Dr. Arocha believes it is a revolutionary treatment. Additionally, since the treatment utilizes the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of rejection or side effects. Dr. Arocha is proud to provide PRP to his patients as a standalone procedure or as a complement to the hair transplant or nonsurgical hair restoration options he offers.
PRP Procedure, Results, and Recovery
When you come in for your PRP treatment, Dr. Arocha will draw a small amount of blood. The blood is placed in a closed centrifuge, where the platelet rich plasma is separated from the other cells in the blood. The extracted PRP is then injected into the treatment area on the scalp using a microneedling device.
The only side effect you may notice post-treatment is a mild heat sensation, like a sunburn. This is temporary and will dissipate quickly. Your can wash your hair immediately, and there are no restrictions on your activities.
For optimal results, you may require multiple treatment sessions, but that is something that you and Dr. Arocha will determine when creating your personalized treatment plan.
If you have noticed that your hair is thinning, or want to boost new growth in your existing hair, PRP therapy could be your answer. Call us today at 713-526-HAIR to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Arocha.