Platelet Rich Plasma in Hair Growth
Dr. Bernardino Arocha is committed to offering the latest advances in hair restoration techniques so that patients have a variety of options for their needs. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is a revolutionary procedure designed to utilize your own platelet blood cells to activate dormant hair follicles and sometimes improve thinning hair.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a minimally-invasive treatment that has been utilized in medical procedures, as well as in the field of cosmetic enhancement, for many years. The plasma inside human blood contains a number of growth factors that can stimulate stem cells. Isolation of platelet rich plasma has traditionally been used to help speed natural wound healing by repairing and regenerating cells, and now it can be applied to hair restoration as well. PRP Therapy can reverse thinning hair and re-activate hair follicles in the treatment area, which can ultimately result in a normal growth pattern and a fuller head of hair.
The PRP Procedure
The PRP procedure begins with the extraction of a small amount of blood. The blood is placed in a closed system centrifuge called the angel system, where the platelet-rich plasma can be separated from the whole blood. This concentrated platelet rich plasma is mixed with Acell and then injected into the scalp treatment area. Once this stage is complete, Dr. Arocha will begin a process called microneedling. Utilizing a special device equipped with very fine needles, he will create small channels in the affected area of the scalp. A topical anesthetic will be applied to minimize discomfort during treatment.
PRP Therapy typically does not involve an extensive recovery process. You will likely feel a mild sunburn sensation in the treatment areas after the procedure; however, this effect should dissipate rather quickly. Dr. Arocha advises patients to avoid anti-inflammatory medications after PRP Therapy as they may hinder the natural healing process. Multiple PRP treatment sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.
Although this treatment has shown to be very effective for some patients, it will not be beneficial for those who have a complete absence of hair follicles in the affected area. PRP Therapy is designed to help stimulate inactive hair follicles, and can therefore be effective only on areas that contain healthy, yet dormant, follicles. During the initial, complimentary consultation here at our practice, Dr. Arocha will evaluate your needs and determine whether you are an ideal candidate for PRP Therapy. If not, Dr. Arocha can recommend another treatment that may serve as a good alternative.
Contact Arocha Hair Restoration
To learn more about Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment for hair restoration, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Arocha, please contact us today.