Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Restoration
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a nonsurgical hair restoration method that uses growth factors and nutrients naturally found in the body to restore and reactivate hair growth. For both men and women, hair loss is a debilitating problem that can affect not only their appearance but also their self-confidence. While modern hair transplantation methods are effective and safe, many patients are interested in treatments that provide quick results without the need for surgery.
At Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center, we provide a variety of hair loss treatment options to our patients. With PRP Therapy, we can help adult men and women manage their ongoing hair loss with limited side effects and no downtime required. PRP treatments can be used effectively on their own or as part of a comprehensive hair care treatment plan that involves hair loss medication and hair transplants.
The Natural Growth Cycle of Hair
Hair follicles operate based on a set cycle that determines when and for long they produce hair. The hair growth cycle consists of four stages: the growing phase, the transition phase, the resting phase and the shedding phase. Each stage of the cycle can last for a varying amount of time, but an entire cycle typically takes between two to seven years, with the growth phase lasting the longest. Each hair follicle operates on a different growing schedule, so any hair lost on a daily basis is naturally replaced by incoming hair.
Genetic hair loss, also known as male or female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, occurs when the natural growth cycle becomes disrupted and hair no longer grows back after follicles go through the shedding process. While experts are still performing research to determine the exact cause of genetic hair loss, the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has been highlighted as the main culprit. DHT inhibits hair growth in an unknown manner and causes hair follicles to miniaturize, producing thinner strands of hair until production ceases altogether.
PRP treatments for hair loss work to restore nutrients and growth factors to hair follicles negatively affected by the presence of DHT. By providing a direct source of nutrients, PRP can reactivate and rejuvenate aging follicles that have begun the miniaturization process. While PRP Therapy cannot cure hair loss or stop it completely, it can slow down DHT’s effects and regrow hair to lessen its impact.
The PRP Procedure
During a PRP Therapy appointment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient to use in the procedure. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma rich in platelets and nutrients from the other blood cells. Once prepared, the PRP is injected into the scalp using a series of coordinated injections that target balding and thinning sections of hair.
Local anesthesia or numbing cream may be used to limit discomfort during treatment, but most patients find PRP Therapy to be comfortable enough on its own. The procedure takes about 30 minutes in total, and patients are free to leave their appointment and resume normal activities immediately afterward.
Recovery and Results
Because PRP is autologous, meaning taken directly from the patient, adverse side effects are avoided. Side effects mainly stem from the injection sites and may include minor swelling and redness in the scalp that typically heals in a few days. Treatments are completed on-site at Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center.
Following PRP treatments for hair loss, patients will notice an improvement in the condition of their hair after several weeks. Every patient responds to PRP Therapy differently, and some patients may require a series of multiple treatments before experiencing optimal results. For many patients, PRP Therapy is repeated every few months to produce sustained results.
PRP Therapy as Part of a Comprehensive Hair Care Routine
While PRP Therapy on its own can provide effective and visible results in counteracting androgenetic alopecia, it works optimally as part of a comprehensive hair care routine. In order to truly prevent further hair loss and slow down the effects of DHT, patients should utilize a personalized hair restoration strategy that consists of several different methods. Other options for treating hair loss include medication like Rogaine and Propecia and low-level laser therapy (LLLT). PRP Therapy is also commonly used to accelerate healing for a faster recovery and quicker results after hair transplantation surgery.
Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center
At Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center, we want to help you restore not only your hair but also your self-confidence. If your growing bald spot or widening part have you feeling self-conscious, schedule a consultation with Dr. Arocha to discuss PRP treatments for hair loss. Dr. Arocha will personally evaluate your hair’s condition during a one-on-one consultation and develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Arocha, call Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center today at 713-526-HAIR or 713-526-4247.