What is PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP Hair Restoration is an exciting new non-surgical treatment option for hair loss that takes advantage of your body’s unique ability to heal and repair itself. It utilizes an advanced regenerative medicine procedure called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) designed to restore function and regrowth of tissue.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Your blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. Plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are known to be rich in growth factors. These growth factors act by stimulating cellular mechanisms for self-repair within the body, causing your body’s natural ability to heal itself to kick into gear.
PRP Hair Regrowth at Revive is an effective treatment option for both male and female pattern hair loss. PRP Hair Regrowth has also shown to be beneficial in the treatment of hair due to alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?
The PRP Hair Regrowth treatment takes about 90 minutes to complete. Once you are onsite and ready for treatment at Revive, one of our physicians will extract a small amount of your blood. Once the appropriate amount of blood is extracted, it is then spun in a centrifuge, effectively separating the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood components, creating a highly concentrated PRP solution. A local anesthetic is then administered to completely numb the area of the scalp to be treated. The PRP is then administered via a series of injections over the full scalp or in a localized treatment area.
The application of PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles within the scalp to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid development of new blood vessels and localized cell growth. It stimulates the activity of the hair follicles to promote new hair growth.
Recovery from PRP Hair Restoration
The recovery from the procedure is typically uneventful. Pain is easily managed in most cases with non-narcotic pain relievers such as Ibuprofen. Some mild swelling of the forehead is occasionally seen one to two days after injections. This is normal and will typically resolve in 48 hours. Avoiding vigorous activity is recommended until the swelling is gone. There is no other downtime or noticeable effects of the procedure. Patients can wash their hair normally immediately after the injections.
Results from PRP Hair Restoration
New hair growth can be seen as early as two months, but is typically evident between four to eight months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment. To date, results have been maintained without additional injections for up to two years in many patients, but no long-term data is yet available to conclude that this hair growth is permanent.