What is PRP for Hair Loss?
At SculptMD, we perform PRP Hair Restoration as a proactive and therapeutic option for men and women suffering from hair loss. As a candidate, you may be wondering what is PRP for hair loss and how does it help? PRP is an exciting, non-surgical breakthrough for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for their hair loss conditions.
What is PRP?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from the patient’s own blood. A single blood sample is taken, and the blood is spun in a centrifuge for 15 minutes to separate platelets from the blood. The platelets are put into a syringe where they can be injected into the skin.
PRP is full of natural growth factors that can help repair damaged tissue. Most of the growth factors found in platelets promote cell growth, tissue repair, and the production of new collagen. They can also enhance the generation and repair of blood vessel and other cells in the body. PRP is not only used to help hair restoration, but it is also used to help enhance, improve, or heal:
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines
How PRP Works with Hair Restoration
Because PRP is a highly concentrated blood plasma containing high amounts of growth factors from your body’s natural bioactive proteins, they all work together to help stimulate hair growth. The PRP is put into a syringe and then injected into the areas of balding, thinning, or hair loss. The growth factors within the PRP stimulate the hair follicles and signal regrowth, activating the hair stem cells. Using the natural enhancing factors of PRP, it can also help with reversing hair thinning associated with baldness.
PRP Hair Restoration is suitable for men and women. It is a non-surgical, natural alternative medical procedure used to treat hair loss and hair thinning.
How is the Procedure Performed?
First, the blood is drawn just like you would have it done for a routine blood test at the doctor’s office. The blood is spun in the centrifuge where the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood. The scalp is prepared with an antiseptic solution and anesthetic to completely numb the scalp for a completely painless procedure.
We inject PRP into the scalp in small amounts around the skin at the weak levels of follicles. The patient’s hair is washed, and the patient will be able to go home without any assistance. There is no sedation or any medication given to the patient that inhibits their functioning.
Some patients decide to perform PRP for hair restoration every 3 to 4 months to help continue stimulation of hair growth.
Results of PRP Hair Restoration
By measuring the Hair Mass Index before the procedure, we will be able to predict how much improvement the patient can see in the months after their procedure. It can take around 6 to 12 months to judge the results in the mirror.
Measurements will be taken every three months. When the measurement of the Hair Mass Index begins to decline, it will be time to schedule another PRP session.
Benefits of PRP Hair Restoration
PRP for hair restoration is a comfortable, non-surgical procedure that can take about an hour from beginning to end. Most of that time is prepping the scalp for the procedure. The patient gets to relax and wait.
The benefits to PRP Hair Restoration are as simple as the name: it will restore your hair! The bald spots will begin to grow hair and you’ll see fuller, luscious locks in place of what may have been thin or frail hair.
Another positive plus about PRP is there is no downtime or activity restrictions on the patient. You will be able to shower, shampoo, and condition your hair normally about several hours after the treatment and continue on with your normal, daily activities (athletic or work).
Risks of PRP Hair Restoration
Most patients will notice a brief period of inflammation during which their scalp remains somewhat pink and numb for a few hours. Any swelling is completely rare, and takes only a day or two to resolve.
Any major risk associated with PRP is by going to an untrained physician or Technion who is careless or uses outdated preparation and application equipment or techniques. This leads to a poor or less than optimal outcome, so make sure you have a trained doctor or technician. At SculptMD, our physicians and nurses are all trained with the latest advancements in PRP for hair restoration.
Who Can Get PRP for Hair Restoration?
It is a personal decision to use PRP to treat any hair growth problems and should be made with careful research, consideration, and consultation with a trained physician. PRP is a safe and natural procedure because it concentrates on the good cells from your scalp and injects them back into the areas that need the PRP factors the most.
There is no chance of blood infection or rejection because it’s from your own body and your own cells with no chemical modifications or changes. If you have a history of heavy smoking, drug, or alcohol use, consult a doctor before going through PRP. If you have a medical diagnosis of platelet dysfunction syndromes, sepsis, acute and chronic infection, chronic liver disease, or any type of cancers, you should not seek PRP for hair restoration.
Hair Restoration in Livermore with SculptMD
At SculptMD, we offer PRP for hair loss and hair thinning. It is an amazing option for those in Livermore looking for a natural and non-surgical procedure to help hair loss. We will be able to sit with you to discuss your treatments, the amount you will have, and a hair care regimen. We have trained professionals that ensure the best results for their patients. Contact us today to see if you are a candidate and to schedule your consultation!