PRP Hair Loss Therapy Weston
All hair loss can be damaging to self-image, but due to the historically limited treatment options, alopecia can seem especially hopeless. New scientific advances, however, have led to new procedures. One of the most effective of these new methods for treating alopecia is platelet rich plasma, or PRP. While it has been used for several decades in oral surgery, neurosurgery, and sports medicine, it has only recently been recognized for its potential in treating hair loss. By Taking advantage of your body’s remarkable healing abilities, PRP therapy is becoming one of the most effective, scientifically proven hair loss treatments. PRP is a serum created from your own blood; it’s filled with a concentration of cells called platelets, which are an important healing component of your blood. Platelets are made up of grow factors, proteins and cytokines – All things that help you repair damage and recover form wounds.
Platelet-rich plasma is effective for both male and female hair loss and is capable of regrowing hair in alopecia areas, eyebrow hypotrichosis, and other types of hair loss or thinning. Ideal patients include anyone who is looking for non-surgical treatment for non-hereditary hair loss. PRP can be done as a stand-alone procedure to stimulate new hair growth, or it can be performed in conjunction with a hair transplant to aid recovery.
First, 60 ml of blood is collected from your vein. It’s very similar to having a routine blood test performed at your doctor’s clinic. The blood is collected and placed in a sterile FDA approved container designed to process out the platelets, stem cells and growth factors. The container is then placed in a centrifuge where your blood is spun for 14 minutes. When the centrifuge has stopped spinning, your blood components have now been separated. The concentrated platelets have been separated from your normal whole blood. The PRP that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells is now ready to be applied to the scalp. No anesthesia is required, but local anesthetics may be applied to the scalp to numb the area before treatment if the patient wishes. The PRP now has to be applied to the scalp where hair loss has begun. It is important to prepare the scalp to receive the PRP. For this, the scalp is stimulated to activate the wound healing process. To prepare the scalp for PRP application, a special micro needling roller device is used. The Roller uses 200 very fine needles to pierce the epidermis creating micro wounds thereby stimulating collagen formation. The resulting ‘micro-channel effect’ also helps to infuse the PRP into the area thereby increasing the effectiveness. Since it uses less pressure, the pain is minimal. Immediately after using the roller the highly concentrated PRP is injected in many different areas of the scalp.
In most cases, patients can return to work and other normal activities within 24 hours. Pain is minimal and should be easily managed with over-the-counter non-narcotic analgesic medications like Ibuprofen. You may experience some minor forehead swelling for a few hours after the procedure, but this is normal and resolves within 48 hours. Vigorous activity should be avoided until the swelling goes down. Showers and hair washing can be resumed immediately after the procedure, if desired.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on your individual situation. PRP does not last forever in the human body, so repeated treatments are often necessary to continue repairing the damaged skin cells and hair follicles. Several treatments spaced 3-4 months apart leads to satisfactory results for many patients, but you’ll be able to receive more personalized advice at your consultation.