Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for treating hair loss involves withdrawing the patient’s blood and processing it so that only enriched cells remain. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the scalp. The PRP contains proteins and cytokines that are essential for stimulating hair growth.
The treatment is a simple, non-surgical procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. In addition to safe, reliable results, PRP therapy has a quick recovery period. The growth factors in the enriched blood cells stimulate hair growth naturally. This state-of-the-art medical procedure is a suitable proactive, therapeutic alternative for men and women who are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair.
Along with mesenchymal stem cells, human blood contains autologous products that include specific growth factors that are essential for tissue regeneration and healing. PRP therapy has been used safely for more than two decades as a treatment in the fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics and cosmetic surgery. This adjunct therapy has also shown to be promising in the field of hair restoration by stimulating the stem cells of hair follicles.
After the blood is drawn, an FDA-approved centrifuge spins the cells into a concentration three times the normal level. The process also eliminates granulocytes that impair wound healing and tissue regeneration. Using your own blood eliminates the risk of blood-borne infections and the possibility of rejection by your immune system.
You may experience minimal to no discomfort when the PRP is injected into areas of your scalp with weak hair follicles. You can usually resume your daily activities, as there is no recovery period. Mild soreness and redness, if present, typically subside in a few days.
You will receive noticeable results in a few short weeks. PRP therapy can also be used as an alternative for those who cannot tolerate the side effects of other hair restoration techniques like DHT blockers and Minoxidil.
The decision to select PRP therapy is a personal choice that should be made after careful research. If you are experiencing baldness or your hair is thinning, schedule an appointment at Metro Dermatology, with locations in Elmhurst, Flushing, Englewood and the Bronx. We will review your medical history, answer any questions that you may have and discuss how PRP therapy may be able to help restore the natural look of your hair.
Let us show you how a fuller, healthier-looking head of hair improves your image and can help restore your self-confidence. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.