PRP for Hair Loss

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a growth factor rich element of the blood that has been injected into joints for orthopedic treatments for decades to help regenerate tissue. Doctors have since started using PRP to stimulate hair growth in patients with thinning hair. The platelets in PRP have growth factors and cytokines that stimulate growth of hair.

 

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How Does PRP Therapy Compare With Other Options?

There are medications such as Minoxidil and Finasteride that are FDA approved for treatment of hair loss. Both medications must be taken consistently for an extended amount of time to see effects and can have several side effects.

Hair transplant is another option but requires incisions in the scalp and a long recovery time.

What Makes You a Good Candidate For PRP Therapy?

PRP is most successful in cases of recently beginning hair loss, especially in patients with the classic hair loss patterns, with women being in the part of the hair, and men on the crown of the head and/or temple region.

What Patients Are Less Likely To Have Good Results With PRP

Patients with underlying medical disorders such as Thyroid disease, or Lupus because these can cause hair loss over time. If these conditions are adequately treated and in a dormant stage then PRP therapy can be helpful.

Patients who are on blood thinners that affect the platelets, or with conditions that decrease the platelet count in the body (thrombocytopenia)

How Does PRP For Hair Loss Work

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a cutting-edge technology that uses the body’s own growth factors,
in a concentrated form applied to the scalp to catalyze hair growth. A simple blood draw is all it takes to harvest your own natural growth factor rich platelets that can then be processed and injected into your scalp to re vitalize your hair!

What Are Growth Factors?

Growth factors are cells and proteins that promote growth of tissues. The growth factors that PRP treatments introduce into your scalp include platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) which spurs your hair follicles into action to grow more hair. Another growth factor that is harnessed in these treatments is Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), which Is also present in platelets and supports the microcirculation to the hair follicles to support growth and increase thickness of existing hair.

Does The Procedure Hurt?

The procedure is usually very well tolerated. The blood is drawn from the arm, then spun down to its growth factor rich platelet component while you wait. Dr. Padilla then uses carefully placed numbing injections to numb the scalp during the PRP injections. Mild soreness may occur once the numbing medication wears off and may last up to 72 hours post procedure, but this is rare

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Studies show that the best results are seen after 3 treatments separated by one month, followed by a repeat treatment 6 months later, and then treatments every 6 to 12 months after that.

What Else Can I Do To Help With Hair Growth?

There are several FDA approved medications that can help with hair loss and can be used in conjunction with PRP injections. They include over the counter available Minoxidil (Rogaine) which can be used on both men and women, and finasteride (Propecia), which requires a doctors prescription and is approved for men. Dr. Padilla is happy to discuss the use of these medications with you.

What Are The Risks Of PRP?

As with any treatment that involves injections there is the risk of bruising, discomfort and rarely infection. Infection is extremely rare and sterile technique is used in every step of the procedure. There is also the risk that PRP may not help your hair loss. PRP is not FDA approved for the treatment of hair loss but has shown incredible results in studies and is FDA approved for joint and various orthopedic injections.

What Research Has Been Done On PRP Hair Rejuvenation?

Results from recent peer reviewed scientific studies have shown that PRP is a highly effective form of hair rejuvenation treatment. One study demonstrated that PRP is more effective than Minoxidil (Rogaine). A review of the medical literature written on the topic of PRP found that 85% of literature found that PRP is an effective treatment for restoring and revitalizing hair in adults who suffer from alopecia (hair loss)
Several studies both in orthopedic literature and in hair specific studies have demonstrated that there is a “magic number” of platelets needed to reach the maximum growth factor density for the best results. This platelet density is reached using the techniques used by Dr. Padilla in your treatment, so that your hair has the best growth environment.

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