Hair loss is does not carry the consequences it once did. Several celebrity men have made the hairless head rather enviable. However, acceptance of a bald head is not something shared by all. In some cases, hair restoration is the desired approach. The good news about hair restoration for men, and also for women, is that innovation has made it easier for more patients to reach their goals. We are proud to perform hair restoration services that include platelet-rich plasma to help our patients enjoy more hair, fuller hair, and thicker hair.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a product of the blood. PRP has been widely used for many years in surgical recovery and is now commonly used in aesthetic medicine. Being a derivative of one’s own blood, platelet-rich plasma is non-allergic and will not cause adverse reactions.
Research is ongoing to ascertain the various benefits of PRP for hair loss. The theory is that the makeup of the various cells contained in platelet-rich plasma promotes regeneration within hair follicles that have stopped functioning properly.
Healthy hair follicles grow healthy hair. It’s that simple. The function of hair follicles is supported by the circulation of blood through them. The introduction of platelets into follicles that are growing thin, fine hair, or which have stopped growing hair, may prompt new activity through the natural wound-healing mechanism that occurs.
PRP for Hair Loss Before and After
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP Therapy works on the basis of utilizing restoring growth factors within the patient’s own blood after injecting them back into the scalp tissue. The regenerative properties of platelet cells make PRP valuable for wound healing. Scientists have studied the action of these cells, and have tested their action on surgical incisions, facial aging, and on failing hair follicles. The insertion of blood platelets into a microenvironment such as hair follicles prompt tissue regeneration and the growth of new cells. When introduced into hair follicles, in particular, the increase in cellular activity may usher in a phase of active hair growth, thus promoting healthier, thicker hair.
The science of PRP is quite interesting. There are several cells within platelet-rich plasma that do the “heavy lifting” to promote hair growth. These include:
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2. This type of cell facilitates new cellular growth and the formation of new blood vessels;
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor supports the blood vessels that feed hair follicles. This cell also nourishes the skin in support of regeneration, and supports the replication of new cells;
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor performs regulatory duties, overseeing the physiology nearly all cells in the body;
- Epidermal Growth Factor aids in the formation of new collagen and blood vessels. This cell also promotes differentiation among cells and new cell growth;
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor fosters the formation of new blood vessels; and,
- Transforming Growth Factor Beta is beneficial for bone metabolism and also for the growth of intracellular matrix.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment
PRP hair restoration treatment is an in-office procedure than usually takes an hour or less to complete. The procedure begins with a blood draw in order to obtain the specialized cells needed for hair growth. The small amount of blood that is drawn is spun in a high-speed instrument to extract plasma from other blood cells.
Numbing medication may be applied to the scalp while blood is being processed. This makes injections much more comfortable. PRP is inserted where needed, the scalp is gently cleansed, and the patient may return to normal, mild activity.
PRP Injections Recovery Time
There are no incisions made and no anesthesia administered during the procedure, so no downtime is needed for recovery. Patients may be asked to postpone strenuous exercise (anything other than walking or leisurely bike-riding) for a day or two after treatment.
In terms of response time, every person is different. Improvement may become evident after a few months. Many patients schedule a series of PRP treatments in our NYC office to obtain the greatest benefit.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP injections are appropriate for men and women with thinning hair, as well as for individuals with alopecia, depending on the extent of hair loss. Patients taking blood thinners may not be good candidates for this treatment. To learn more about the potential for hair growth in your case, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sobel.
PRP Hair Treatment Side Effects
Mild to moderate soreness may be noticeable for a few days after PRP treatment, and the scalp and / or forehead may appear slightly swollen. Redness or pinpoint bleeding may occur at injection sites.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are suffering from hair loss, PRP treatment might be right for you. Call 212-288-0060 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howard Sobel at his office on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.