How Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Is Used To Treat Hair Loss in Men & Women
Have you noticed your hair isn’t as full or thick as it once was? You’re not alone. 40% of men have reported noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 and that statistic increases to 65% of men suffering from hair loss by the age of 60.
Men aren’t the only ones who experience hair loss. 80% of women also experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 60.
At this very moment, 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. are experiencing hair loss. Of those combined 56 million hair loss sufferers, just over 800,000 are seeking professional treatment. That’s less than 1.5%. It’s time to take control of your hair loss with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
What is PRP Therapy?
Male and female pattern hair loss is a genetic problem that can be an embarrassing issue to deal with. Treatment options vary from products to prescriptions to expensive surgical hair restoration procedures that don’t actually treat the underlying problem.
PRP treatment for hair loss is an affordable way to improve your hair density without surgery or harmful side effects.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
During PRP hair loss treatment, your own platelets, which contain healing growth factors, are injected into the vascular layer of your scalp to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles, which in turn increases the hair shaft size and decreases the hair loss.
The PRP Procedure
In order to obtain your platelet rich plasma, a special collection tube is used to draw your blood and it is then placed into a centrifuge.
The centrifuge then separates the platelet rich plasma from the platelet poor plasma and the red blood cells.
A small needle is used to strategically inject the platelet rich plasma into your scalp directly to the areas that need improvement.
(Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Rapaport, MD)
How long does the PRP procedure take?
Collecting the PRP takes 10-15 minutes and applying the treatment can be done in as few as 5 minutes, however the overall appointment may take up to an hour.
What is the recovery time like?
PRP Therapy is great because it does not require any downtime. The entire procedure typically takes about 60 minutes, and then you can carry on with your day like usual. The only requirement is that you refrain from using harsh chemicals or dyes on your hair for the following 48 hours.
How long does it take to see results?
Results vary on a patient by patient basis. For best results, it’s recommended that a patient receive multiple treatments, usually at 3 to 6 month intervals until the desired results have been achieved.
Is PRP Therapy painful?
Patients will typically receive some form of local anesthesia, so there is minimal discomfort to the scalp during the PRP process.
Can PRP be used to cure baldness?
Baldness is a genetic condition known as Androgenic Alopecia in the medical field. Although PRP Therapy cannot cure baldness, it has been proven to slow down the effects of Androgenic Alopecia with regular treatments.
Who is an ideal candidate for PRP Therapy?
Ideal PRP candidates include men or women suffering from early onset Androgenic Alopecia. Experts also believe PRP Therapy is effective for women who experience hair thinning caused by too tight ponytails, braids, and other styles that pull the hair out, also known as Traction Alopecia. PRP is not an ideal solution for anyone who is completely bald and it will not completely regrow all lost hair.
Contact Dr. Goodlerner for more information about using PRP Therapy to restore hair density.