HOW DOES PRP HAIR RESTORATION WORK?
What is PRP? Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP, is created from a small sample of the patient’s blood spun in a centrifuge and divided into separate components. Activation of the PRP results in releasing at least eight different growth factors that would typically be used to heal injured tissue. These growth factors work like magic to promote angiogenesis (or the formation of new blood vessels), improve blood flow, and are the key to rejuvenating the hair follicle and stimulating local cell growth.
The concentrated platelets in PRP contain bioactive proteins, including PDGF (platelet-derived growth factor) and VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor). These growth factors initiate and accelerate tissue repair and positively affect hair loss. This safe and effective therapy has been around for decades and used successfully in the science of healing wounds and injuries, most notably with thousands of published papers related to PRP and orthopedic surgery.
INJECT INTO THE SCALP
The PRP is then administered via a series of injections into the scalp. The injections will be concentrated in the areas with the most hair thinning; however, the PRP will diffuse underneath the scalp surface to treat regions distal to the injection site. The injections take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
The recovery from the procedure is typically uneventful. It is common to feel soreness in the scalp, which usually resolves less than a day. We encourage you to take a hot shower the day of the procedure, improving blood flow to the scalp. We recommend avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, for 72 hours.
Our treatment protocol consists of 1 treatment every month for three months (this is considered a “loading dose” of PRP), followed by one treatment every three months until we reach desired hair growth.
What types of conditions respond to the PRP Hair Restoration treatment?
The technique for PRP Hair Restoration in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for several causes, including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in the early stages of balding, or anytime there is much-miniaturized hair on the scalp.
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
- Alopecia Areata
- Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency and medication-induced hair thinning