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Platelet rich plasma or PRP hair restoration is an innovative and nonsurgical option for hair regrowth. PRP takes advantage of your own natural growth factors that are found in specialized blood cells called platelets. The procedure involves drawing your blood, processing the specimen, and then injecting the extracted platelet rich plasma into the area of hair loss. On average, 6-8 sessions are required with a maintenance session performed biannually or annually. Hair regrowth may be seen as early as 3 months. After treatment, you can immediately resume normal activities. This is an all-natural procedure utilizing your own growth factors. This treatment has been successfully used to treat androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata. This is an exciting and evolving technique in aesthetic regenerative medicine. PRP has been utilized effectively in orthopedics, sports medicine, and dentistry for over 20 years. And now, the promise of PRP is in hair restoration.
How is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Performed?
PRP is a simple procedure involving the following steps:
- Blood is collected from the patient and placed in a container.
- The container is then put into a centrifuge where it is rotated rapidly to separate blood components.
- Platelets now separated from the blood are prepared for topical application and injection into the scalp.
- Prior to the actual application of platelet rich plasma, a micro-needling device is used on the scalp to stimulate the scalp’s dermis. This induces microtrauma to the scalp so that the body’s immune system responds by initiating the body’s natural healing processes. Enhancing the activity of growth repair cells is the introduction of platelet rich plasma therapy to the scalp.
- Finally, occlusive dressing may be applied to treated areas if necessary.
Length of a platelet rich plasma therapy session depends on the extent of hair loss but generally takes one to two hours. Most patients need PRP therapy several times to achieve desired results. Others may only require platelet rich plasma therapy once or twice a year.