What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP therapy is an innovative treatment designed to accelerate healing and restoration. PRP is a safe and effective three-part process that uses the patient’s own blood and therefore can be administered alone or in conjunction with other procedures. A blood sample is spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the platelets within the blood’s plasma. Platelets may be best known for their clotting capability, however, they also contain growth factors that trigger cell reproduction, stimulate tissue regeneration, and promote healing in the treated area.
How Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Hair Growth
PRP uses the patient’s own blood, processed into a plasma rich serum with concentrated growth factor that is then injected into the scalp. Research shows injecting the patient’s own PRP, improves blood supply to hair follicles and stimulates collagen production, while also increasing the thickness of hair shafts. PRP has proven to be effective in treating male pattern baldness, both in preventing hair loss and promoting new hair growth and aids in the stimulation of hair growth post transplants
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy is safe and effective for most individuals, since it is derived from the patient’s own tissue. Ideal candidates are at the beginning stages of thinning hair and have follicles that are still active. Those with advanced hair loss or inactive follicles should not be discouraged, PRP will still be effective. Results may be slower and require more treatments. Results will generally be optimal for those with overall weak follicles or those who have small areas of hair loss. Being in general good health and having realistic expectations are also important for the overall results and experience.
- If you are taking blood thinners, your platelets may not work as effectively, and the treatment may not be as effective.
- If you have thyroid disease or lupus, you will not have good results from PRP therapy, because your hair loss will continue to occur over time.
Schedule a consultation with Dermabare and talk with an aesthetic specialist to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP treatment.