PRP Hair Restoration
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions and to reverse hair loss.
PRP was established two decades ago as an effective medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral medicine, sports medicine, and orthopedics. In hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.
Platelets play a key role in the natural cell regeneration process by releasing growth factors that trigger tissue repair, cell renewal, and collagen production. PRP therapy has been used successfully to treat hair loss in both men and women. Injections are made directly into the scalp, where the growth factors in PRP are thought to signal hair follicles to remain in the growth phase longer, resulting in thicker, fuller hair.
PRP for Hair Regrowth
- Attract stem cells,
- Help stimulate hair follicles growth,
- Increase circulation to hair follicles, and
- Decrease inflammation
This treatment involves the collection and concentration of your body’s own platelets. First, a special collection tube is used to draw your blood and is placed into a specialized centrifuge. After centrifugation, your concentrated platelets are prepared and injected strategically into your scalp in the areas that need improvement.
How PRP Works
PRP is a non-surgical therapy in the treatment of hair loss. Highly concentrated growth factors in the form of platelets have been shown to stimulate new hair growth, thicken thinned out hair, and make hair transplants grow thicker and healthier.
Now doctors have discovered new benefits for hair thickening and regrowth using PRP. With PRP for hair regrowth, your growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle and jump-start dormant hair back into the growth stage.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many treatments are required? Treatment will vary based on your need. Initially, your provider may recommend several treatments spaced 1 month apart. After the initial treatment, many physicians suggest maintenance treatments 2-4 times per year.
- Is the PRP for hair restoration process time-consuming? No. Collecting the PRP usually only takes about 15 minutes. And the PRP treatment itself is even faster. It often takes as little as 5 minutes.
- Does the procedure hurt? There may be some sensitivity. However, your physician will utilize effective anesthetic solutions to minimize any potential discomfort.
- Is there any recovery time? There is no downtime; however, your scalp may be a little sore for 24 hours following your procedure. You may take a warm shower the evening of the treatment. It is advised to avoid using any harsh dyes or chemicals on your hair for 48 hours.
- Is this a cure for baldness? PRP is not a cure for baldness (Androgenic Alopecia). The genetic medical problem will always remain. However, there is evidence that regular treatments can significantly slow down the effects of Androgenic Alopecia and increase hair density.
PRP for Face (Vampire Facelift®)
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial also known as The Vampire facial, includes drawing blood from your arm, separating the platelets, and then injecting them into your skin via micro needling.
The Vampire Facelift® Procedure is a non-surgical facial enhancement treatment that uses your own growth factors derived from your own blood cells (PRP) to enhance the skin of your face and provide a healthy glow. We are certified to perform the Vampire Facelift® Procedure to improve the skin of your face without invasive surgery. Unlike a traditional facelift, which requires surgery and a considerable recovery period, the Vampire Facelift® Procedure improves facial volume and appearance the same day with little to no downtime. As the face ages, skin loses collagen, muscle and fat volume which causes a loss of support resulting in sagging skin.
So how does it work?
Platelets in your blood contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF), which promote skin health, tone, and texture. When you get a cut, it is the platelets that form the clot. They then release these growth factors that stimulate regeneration of tissue needed for healing.
PDGFs nourish the tissue, improve skin circulation, and remove damaging metabolic waste. They stimulate skin cells to divide and increase production of collagen protein and hyaluronic acid. This collagen production is what helps correct the visible effects of wrinkles. In addition, the hyaluronic acid has also been shown to increase skin tone and volume resulting in a more youthful appearance.
This procedure is not a surgical facelift. This is a natural procedure that helps restore or enhance problem areas. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen is laid under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. For the best result, we recommend three to six treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
What happens during a facial rejuvenation treatment with PRP?
After your skin is cleansed and prepared, local anesthetic cream is applied, and nerve blocks may also be given. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed. For treating the entire face, PRP is applied to the skin with a derma roller. For treating specific areas such as around the eyes and laugh lines, PRP is carefully injected to the target area. Both treatments can be done in one session.
Is the procedure painful?
Numbing cream is applied to the face 45 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.
How long is the recovery time?
Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
How long is the treatment?
On the treatment day, the entire visit lasts about 2 hours. The actual procedure requires about 20 minutes.
Is it safe?
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.
Am I a good candidate for PRP?
Anyone who wants to take years off their appearance by reducing wrinkles or acne scarring is a good candidate for PRP.
Is PRP therapy covered by insurance?
As PRP Skin Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by health insurance.
How many treatments are needed?
Initially, 3 to 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Thereafter, maintenance treatments are recommended every one to two years depending on skin type.