PRP Hair Restoration is a new, non-surgical solution for hair loss in men and women that helps you preserve the hair you have, stimulate new hair growth and promote stronger, healthier hair.
It’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. With about 100,000 hairs on your head, that small loss isn’t noticeable. New hair normally replaces the lost hair, but this doesn’t always happen.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes that 80 million men and women in America have hereditary hair loss. So, the most common cause of hair loss is hereditary male- or female-pattern baldness. If you have a family history of baldness, you may have this type of hair loss. Certain sex hormones can trigger hereditary hair loss. It may begin as early as puberty.
In some cases, hair loss may occur with a simple halt in the cycle of hair growth. Major illnesses, surgeries, or traumatic events can trigger hair loss. However, your hair will usually start growing back without treatment.
Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuing the use of birth control pills, and menopause can cause temporary hair loss.
Medical conditions that can cause hair loss include thyroid disease, alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles), and scalp infections like ringworm. Diseases that cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss because of the scarring.
Hair loss can also be due to medications used to treat cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems.
A physical or emotional shock may trigger noticeable hair loss. Examples of this type of shock include a death in the family, extreme weight loss, or a high fever. People with trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) have a compulsion to pull out their hair, usually from their head, eyebrows, or eyelashes. Traction hair loss can be due to hairstyles that put pressure on the follicles by pulling the hair back very tightly.
A diet lacking in protein, iron, and other nutrients can lead to thinning hair.
There are things you can do to prevent further hair loss. Don’t wear tight hairstyles like braids, ponytails, or buns that put too much pressure on your hair. Over time, those styles permanently damage your hair follicles. Try not to pull, twist, or rub your hair. Make sure you have a balanced diet, and that you’re getting adequate amounts of iron and protein.
Certain beauty regimens can actually worsen or cause hair loss. If you’re currently losing hair, use a gentle baby shampoo to wash your hair. Unless you have extremely oily hair, consider washing your hair only every other day. Always pat the hair dry and avoid rubbing your hair.
Styling products and tools are also common culprits in hair loss. Examples of products or tools that can affect hair loss are blow dryers, heated combs, hair straighteners, coloring products, bleaching agents, perms, and relaxers.
If you decide to style your hair with heated tools, only do so when your hair is damp or dry. Also, use the lowest settings possible.
For a more effective approach, PRP Hair Restoration is a new, non-surgical solution for hair loss in men and women that helps you preserve the hair you have, stimulate new hair growth and promote stronger, healthier hair.PRP Hair Restoration can also be performed in combination with other Topicals or clinical treatments like Minoxidil or Finesteride to enhance the benefits of the treatment.
By taking a small amount of your blood, then concentrating and separating the blood components, producing Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP.Four percent of our blood is made of platelets and on the surface of the platelets are as many as 1100 growth factors or proteins which, when concentrated, are capable of regenerating human cells.Platelets promote healing, accelerate the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, respond to injury and stimulate new cellular growth.
Growth factors work in numerous ways to improve and regenerate hair by providing nutrition and promoting new blood supply to the follicle, increasing hair shaft size. Additionally, studies show the growth factors in PRP reduce inflammation in the scalp and turn on follicular stem cells.
The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles (when performed after Hair Transplant) into an active growth phase..
Blood is drawn in our office as though you are having routine blood testing at your primary care physician’s office. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.
The PRP is taken from your body and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. We use Eclipse Medical PRP System. It is a closed sterile system and the platelets are concentrated to 3X the normal blood values.
An anesthesia block is given to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed and the patient may drive home without any assistance. No sedation or any medication is given during the procedure to inhibit the ability to drive or use machinery.
- For optimal results please avoid all blood thinning medications and herbal supplements, as they will lower you platelet count and decrease effectiveness of the treatment, for 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment. Avoid taking Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve. In addition, very high doses of some Vitamins and supplements can thin your blood and increase the chance of bruising. Please notify us if you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, or any other blood thinners for a medical condition.
- During the course of your treatments, notify our staff of any changes to your medical history, health status, or personal activities that may be relevant to your treatment.
- For patients with a history of HIV, a prior consultation and physician’s evaluation may be required as your body’s healing capability may be compromised or your platelet count may be lower than recommended in which case PRP is not advised.
- This treatment should not be performed on patients undergoing Immunosuppressant Therapy / Chemotherapy.
- For optimal results please avoid all blood thinning medications and herbal supplements, Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve, as they will decrease effectiveness of the treatment, for 1-2 weeks post treatment.
- Do not wash the area treated or apply any topicals, including sunblock, for 24 hours post treatment.
- Keep the area treated clean. Use gentle products, no medicated topicals for 1 week post treatment, unless otherwise instructed by your provider.
- Some patients may present mild dryness or flakiness 2-3 days post treatment. This is a normal skin reaction and will subside in 1-2 days.
- You may resume your normal routine 1 week after treatment.
- Results will be noticeable 3-4 months post treatment.
- Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve maximum results.