Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is one of the most common reasons for a person to visit the dermatologist. But did you know that there are many kinds of alopecia? Hair loss can be temporary and it can be permanent. It can be brought on by illness, it can be genetic, or it can have no explanation at all. Some alopecia is appears in patches, while others appear as complete baldness of the head, face, or other body parts. There is Alopecia Totalis, Androgenetic Alopecia, Alopecia Areata, Diffuse Alopecia, Postpartum Alopecia, Alopecia Barbae, and the list goes on… Many people suffer from some form of alopecia.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a sophisticated, non-surgical, no down-time solution for patients suffering from hair loss. PRP combines the science behind wound and tissue healing with that of stem cells to produce the best results for those looking for an answer when home remedies, over-the-counter products, and prescription medications have not helped.
So how does it work?
The treatment involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (or the “platelet-rich plasma”) remain, and injecting it into the scalp. As the platelets are from your own body, there are no risks to the procedure in terms of “side effects”. Platelet-rich plasma contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. The extremely high concentrations of biologically active agents then modulate pathways of tissue repair and inflammation in the scalp.
PRP has been shown to decrease hair shedding and increase hair regrowth. PRP may promote hair in the anagen phase, or growing phase, to last longer. Hair fullness and density/thickness is improved with these treatments.
How many times do I do this? Once? Forever?
Patients come in for treatment every month for four months. That’s it!
Will PRP help me?
The best way to know if Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is the right for you is to come in for a consultation. Please make an appointment to see our hair loss expert, Dr. Marc Glashofer, to discuss if you may benefit from this exciting new treatment.