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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration

The healing effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments have been successful in treating osteoarthritis, tendon injuries and a variety of other medical conditions. While not yet approved by the FDA for this particular purpose, today’s advances in medical technology have made it possible to use PRP as an effective hair growth treatment as well. PRP supports healthy hair follicles and boosts hair growth, and here at the Vein Care Center we have seen significant improvement for our patients. Read on to see how the Vein Care Center in Ohio uses PRP treatments to reverse hair loss and jumpstart the hair growth cycle.

The First Signs of Hair Loss

Signs of hair loss can develop in people of all ages, from the teenage years to those in their 30s and beyond. While certain medical conditions can cause hair to thin, more often than not, hereditary factors are the primary cause. Also known as male or female pattern baldness, hair loss rates vary from person to person, with some people experiencing gradual balding over the course of decades, while others see hair thinning at a faster rate over a few short years.

The first signs of hair loss can take different forms with some of the most common being:

  • Noticeable hair loss after brushing or showering
  • Gradually receding hairline
  • Patches of baldness or thinning hair

Rather than wait or put off doing something about it, you stand a much better chance of correcting the problem when the first signs of hair loss start to appear. For this reason, PRP treatments produce the best results for people who are just starting to lose their hair.

What is PRP Treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma is a treatment that uses platelets and plasma from the patient’s blood to heal areas of the body. Blood platelets naturally prompt the development of new connective tissue in the body, and they also stimulate blood circulation, healing and collagen growth. They are rich in essential growth factors and nutrients, which accounts for their healing and restorative properties.PRP Hair Restoration Patient

PRP is commonly used to treat injuries involving the bones, ligaments and tendons. Recent advances in PRP preparation methods have made it possible for this therapy to be used in cosmetic and hair loss treatments as well. PRP therapy can strengthen damaged hair follicles, stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth, which is exactly what the scalp needs to resume normal hair growth cycles. Because the PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, PRP will not cause any allergic reactions or responses, and is both safe and effective.

What Can I Expect from the PRP Hair Rejuvenation Procedure?

The PRP procedure begins with drawing one to two syringes of blood from your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge that separates and prepares the platelet-rich plasma substance. We will then apply numbing cream to the areas of the scalp that is treated.

With a very small needle, the PRP is carefully injected into the areas of the scalp where rejuvenation and hair restoration is most needed. The skin that makes up the scalp consists of multiple layers. The topmost layer, called the stratum corneum, is comprised of oils, dead skin cells and keratin, a protein-based substance. One of the stratum corneum’s main purposes is to prevent foreign microbes from passing into the deeper layers of the scalp, which it does quite well. This shield that the stratum corneum creates also makes it difficult for hair growth treatments to work, especially topical treatments. Delivery through injection, rather than merely applying the PRP on the scalp, allows the platelet-rich plasma to penetrate the scalp at a deeper level where growth factors can best repair hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.

What Results Can I Expect?

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Before PRP treatment (left) and three months after one treatment (right).

PRP treatments can help your hair follicles to grow thicker, longer and healthier hair, but this process doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, growth will proceed along the same cycle that it normally does. The difference is that your scalp now has the blood supply, nutrients and growth agents needed to produce healthy hair growth.

Ultimately, the procedure promotes hair growth by strengthening hair follicle structures. For these reasons, Dr. Aggarwal recommends patients receive a series of three treatments on a monthly basis, and then a single treatment every six months to achieve optimal results and ensure continued hair growth. Most patients will see noticeable results after the first three treatments.

Is PRP Hair Restoration Right for Me?

In order for PRP to be effective, living, active hair follicles must still be present on the scalp. The greater the number of active follicles present, the better the results. For this reason, it’s especially important to take action at the first sign of thinning hair. This doesn’t mean individuals who have advanced hair loss can’t benefit from this treatment. Under these conditions, it will take considerably longer to see noticeable results and more treatments will be needed.

Prior to treatment, all patients will be required to have blood work done to ensure there is no underlying cause behind your hair loss, including hormonal imbalance, anemia, or thyroid dysfunction, which would prevent the treatment from benefitting you.

Taking immediate action to stop hair thinning offers the best chance of reclaiming a healthy head of hair. Call the Vein Care Center today at 419-227-4472 to schedule a free screening appointment. Dr. Aggarwal and staff have ample experience in treating hair loss conditions and can answer any questions you have about PRP hair rejuvenating treatments.

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