What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is the layer of blood that contains high levels of platelets, growth factors, dormant VSELs (Very Small Embryonic-Like Stem Cells) and stem cell activating factors. During a PRP procedure a small amount of blood is removed with a needle, the blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP layer is concentrated. The PRP is then extracted with a syringe and can be used for a whole variety of purposes. Any place you want to stimulate or heal the PRP will do its magic.
What is the PRP Hair Restoration procedure?
A PRP Hair Restoration treatment involves injecting the patients own PRP directly into the sub-dermal layer of the scalp. Using the blood-derived growth factors found in the patients own PRP layer of the blood the PRP Hair Restoration procedure is safe for stimulating natural hair regrowth in the scalp. The PRP layer of the blood has concentrated growth factors that have been studied to show to anchor existing hair follicles into the scalp and to increase hair growth of dormant follicles when injected into the scalp. PRP injections cannot revive dead hair follicles.
Who are good candidates?
Men and women experiencing androgenic alopecia (thinning, receding hair lines that occurs with age). Alopecia areata which is an autoimmune hair loss will also benefit. Other forms or hair loss due to systemic autoimmune disease, severe hormone imbalances, trauma and severe hair loss may not respond as well. All patients coming in for the procedure should have current labs done and be under the care of a primary care physician.
How long before I see results and how long do results last?
Many patients will likely see results after one month of treatment. We recommend 3 treatments over the course of a year for best results. After that a once per year treatment may be enough to maintain results long term.
Does it hurt?
No. Sub-dermal injections into the scalp are minimally painful but we also use ice to numb the area of the scalp we are injecting.
What conditions are contraindicated?
Certain autoimmune conditions (ex: Vitiligo, Lupus, Scleroderma, Alopecia Totalis), people on steroid medications and long term NSAID use (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc). These medications can affect the functioning of healthy platelets and interfere with effectiveness of treatments.
Can I have my hair colored or dyed before or after the procedure?
You should avoid hair dying or coloring one week before and after procedure. It is ok if you have extensions in your hair during time of procedure.