Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies is proud to offer the latest innovation in hair restoration. Non-surgical hair restoration harnesses the power of the platelet to stimulate the regrowth of natural, thick, healthy hair where thinning has occurred.
While hair loss sufferers once just had to accept their ‘new do,’ that is no longer the case. There are several different treatments available today, but one of the most effective is PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. This unique hair loss treatment is effective for both men and women and is not just a quick fix – it restores the natural growth of the hair. And the results are fantastic with 90-95% of patients experiencing improvement.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains blood cells and platelets that are rich in growth factors. These growth factors play the role of messengers, signaling skin cells to function. PRP stimulates the activity of the hair follicles and can promote new hair growth.
This is a non-surgical option done in the clinic and takes approximately 30 minutes. Numbing cream is applied to the scalp and then PRP is injected across the scalp approximately every half inch over the thinning areas. There is little risk of the procedure due to PRP being natural. Procedure is relatively painless and well tolerated when using numbing cream prior to the procedure.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
While your exact rounds of treatment will be determined by you and your healthcare provider and based on your personal needs, most patients choose a standard round of treatment. In most cases, PRP therapy is performed monthly for a period of four months to deliver the most advanced results. This frequency of treatment allows the follicles to be effectively stimulated so that the hair growth progresses as it should.
In most cases, you will need more than one session to see optimal results.
- Men 5-7 treatments
- Women 4-6 treatments
What is the recovery time from PRP hair treatments?
The procedure does not involve any recovery time, and you are free to return to your usual activities immediately after treatment. You may have a slight redness at the injection site or minor swelling as you could expect with any injection, which typically fades quickly. You can shower, shampoo, and condition your hair as usual 12 hours after undergoing treatment, with no restrictions on exercise. Do not color or perm hair for at least three days after treatment.
How PRP Works
Platelets contain healing growth factors. Those growth factors are like signal callers that give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. This has lead different fields of medicine to utilize PRP for wound healing to speed up recovery time and regrow healthier, stronger tissue. Now doctors have discovered new benefits for hair thickening and regrowth. With PRP for Hair, your growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle and jumpstarting dormant hair back into the growth stage.
Are There Any Side Effects?
While PRP therapy is quickly gaining more popularity as an effective and non-invasive treatment, like most medical treatments, it is not without potential side effects. Although not overly common, side effects of which to be aware include:
- Slight pain at the injection site: It is not uncommon to experience an acute ache or soreness at the site of the injection.
- Infection: Extreme precautions are taken to maintain a sterile procedure before, during, and after injection; however, in some cases, an infection may arise.
- Skin discoloration: In some cases, individuals experience skin discoloration or bruising around the site of the injection. While this is often normal, if the bruise appears unusually deep or dark or if you do not typically bruise easily, you should contact your doctor.
- Allergic reaction: Although rare, some patients’ bodies do reject their own serum and react negatively to PRP therapy.
- Blood clot: Typically, a blood clot forms due to damage of the lining of a blood vessel, such as a cut. However, because a PRP injection uses a needle, there is a chance that it could affect a vein or artery. If this occurs, your doctor will treat the clot as such.
What causes hair loss in women?
Women often struggle with hair loss, particularly as they get older. Called “female pattern baldness,” once thick, healthy hair begins to lose its strength and thickness, with the hairs thinner, breaking more easily, and often leading to a thinner look at the hair part. Hair loss can be triggered by factors such as poor nutrition, stress, some medications, illness, haircare treatments and products, and heredity. The hair loss in women is generally all over the scalp, rather than in specific areas, although this can occur.
What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Men suffer hair loss due to the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone produced by the body which causes the hair follicles to become thinner, eventually leading to balding. This problem affects a large percentage of men, who have inherited balding through genetics. In men, balding is characterized by losing hair at the crown, a receding hairline, and at the temples. In the early stages of balding, PRP hair treatments have been proven to be an effective way to slow hair loss in men.
Benefits of PRP hair treatments
The benefits of PRP hair treatments include:
- No downtime
- Promotes natural hair growth
- Triggers the body’s regenerative processes
PRP treatments are performed to resolve several hair loss problems, including:
- Thinning hair
- Hair strands have become finer and shorter
- Hair loss from tight hair styles
- Early stage of hair loss
- Androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair thinning in men and women)
- As an added procedure in hair transplant treatments
PRP for Hair Regrowth
- Increases blood supply to the follicle
- Increases shaft size (thickness)
- Triggers and maintains the growth phase
- Controls hair growth cycle
- Decreases hair loss
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How do I know if I am a good candidate for PRP?
A: Talk to your physician for a proper diagnosis and to create a treatment plan.
Q: How many treatments are required?
A: Treatment will vary based on your need. initially, your provider may recommend several treatments spaced 1 month apart. After the initial treatment, many specialists suggest maintenance treatments 2-4 times per year.
Q: Is the PRP for hair restoration process time consuming?
A: No. Collecting the PRP usually only takes 10-15 minutes. The PRP treatment itself is even faster.
Q: Does the procedure hurt?
A: There may be some sensitivity. however, most providers utilize effective anesthetic solutions, such as cold ambient air or a topical analgesic to minimize any potential discomfort. Talk to your provider about the right option for you.
Q: Is there any recovery time?
A: There is no downtime or a long recovery process. You may take a warm shower the evening of the treatment. In addition, it is advised to avoid using any harsh dyes or chemicals on your hair for 48 hours.
Q: Is this a cure for baldness?
A: PRP is not a cure for baldness (Androgenic Alopecia). The genetic medical problem will always remain. However, there is great evidence that regular treatments can significantly slow down the effects of Androgenic Alopecia and even works to increase hair density.