Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Hair Restoration
When it comes to hair restoration solutions, platelet-rich plasma therapy offers a range of benefits:
- Stimulation of the hair growth cycle at the follicular level
- Platelet materials are derived from your body’s own cells
- No risk of allergic reaction
- A nonsurgical procedure that produces little to no discomfort
- The treatment takes less than an hour to complete
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Hair Restoration?
For many men and women alike, thinning hair is an inevitable result of aging. As many as 65 percent of men and 45 percent of women affected start to notice the loss of hair by the age of 50. These trends make hair restoration one of the most popular types of cosmetic enhancement. Platelet-rich plasma injections are a ground-breaking, noninvasive treatment for hair loss.
First developed as a treatment for pain-related musculoskeletal conditions, platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP, has been proven effective in reversing hair loss as well. For many people, hair loss develops as the cells and blood vessels within the scalp start to weaken with age. PRP uses the growth factors found in the patient’s blood plasma to help restore the scalp’s natural hair growth processes.
While blood platelets play a crucial role in clotting, they also contain a vital component known as growth factors. Growth factors work throughout the body, repairing and regenerating cells and tissues. By injecting blood plasma into the areas of the scalp with thinning hair, these same growth factors stimulate the scalp’s repair and regeneration processes so natural hair growth can resume.
PRP Stimulates the Hair Growth Cycle
A healthy human scalp contains approximately 100,000 hair follicles, with each follicle growing 20 individual hairs within a person’s lifetime. Hair growth and hair loss follow a cycle that maintains a certain number of hairs on the head when this cycle is healthy. Considering how the scalp loses around 100 strands a day, it’s easy to see how hair loss occurs when the effects of aging take hold.
Each hair follicle goes through three growth cycles: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. Actual growth occurs during the anagen phase, which lasts anywhere from three to five years. The catagen phase marks the second stage of the growth cycle and lasts for two to three weeks. This stage acts as a transitional period when hair follicles develop roots in the scalp. The telogen phase marks a resting stage that lasts for three to four months. At the end of the telogen phase, the follicle sheds the hair.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy jumpstarts the hair growth cycle by prolonging the growth portion of the process. In effect, the growth factors contained in the platelets work to repair aging hair follicles and increase hair growth rates. If you’re starting to notice thinning hair, PRP therapy can stop hair loss and promote hair growth all at once.
Am I a good Candidate for Platelet-Rich Plasma Hair Restoration?
Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration injections can successfully promote hair growth in many patients, although not all cases of hair loss will respond to PRP’s effects. Hair growth in any form relies on healthy blood vessels and healthy blood circulation in the scalp. When one of these conditions is lacking, PRP will produce limited results at best.
If you meet the following conditions, you’re more than likely a good candidate for platelet-rich plasma hair therapy:
- You’re in good health
- You are experiencing the early stages of hair loss
- You are not taking blood-thinning medications
- Your hair has only recently started to thin out
How Does the PRP Procedure Work?
Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration injections are a non-surgical, in-office procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. The process starts by drawing blood from your arm to gather the platelet material. Next, a centrifuge is used to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. To ensure a high platelet concentration, a hematology analyzer device is used to analyze a sample of the blood.
The medical assistant then applies an antiseptic solution and anesthetic to your scalp to guard against infection and number the scalp surface. The use of this medication creates a nearly painless procedure. Once the scalp is prepared, a high concentration of platelet-rich plasma will be injected into the areas of your scalp that have thinning hair. Injections are made at half-inch intervals over the treated area so that the platelets can enter the scalp at the follicle level. Since PRP therapy works by stimulating the hair growth cycle, follow-up treatments for the first three to four months, and then once every three to six months, are essential to producing the full benefits.
Are There Any Risks I Should Know About?
Risks are a concern for patients with any procedure, but the good news is the risks associated with PRP therapy are relatively minimal. Since platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the patient’s blood, there’s no risk for allergic reactions or adverse effects. An over-the-counter pain reliever should minimize any discomfort you might experience after your appointment. The staff at California Vein Specialists will take steps ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure and will answer any questions you may have before, during and after treatment.
As the hair follicles respond to the platelet-rich plasma, a decrease in hair shedding will be the first thing you’ll notice. Before long, new hair will start to grow in, and existing strands will grow longer. On average, you can expect to see noticeably fuller and longer hair within two to three months.
Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration injections produce the most favorable results when treatment is administered at the first signs of hair loss. If you’ve noticed developing patches of thinning hair, now is the time to look into PRP therapy. At California Vein Specialists, our staff will be happy to walk you through each stage of the treatment process and answer any questions you may have. Call us here at our Newport Beach office at 949-515-9377 to schedule a consultation and see if PRP therapy is right for you.