Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a premier nonsurgical remedy that has shown remarkable benefits in slowing down, stopping, and reversing hair loss. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, CA is pleased to offer this innovative therapy for hair restoration.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a premier non-surgical remedy that uses one’s own growth factors obtained from a simple blood draw real-time to slow down, stop, and reverse hair loss. PRP plays a role in healing and growth stimulation in hair follicles through the activation of stem cells and other cells in the follicle.
Anyone suffering from hair loss is considered a candidate for PRP hair rejuvenation, however people with early hair loss usually benefit from the most significant results. PRP has been shown to have the best effect on patients with androgenic alopecia, a genetically determined type of hair thinning usually noted on the top of the head. Often in women with this condition will notice a widening of their hair part. In addition to androgenic alopecia, people with weak quality hair grown and functioning hair follicles notice a marked improvement after this treatment. PRP does not grow new hair follicles in locations where a patient is already bald. It is used to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
A minimally invasive procedure, PRP therapy is typically a 60-minute in-office visit. The process begins with drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and placing it in a centrifuge. This machine functions to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. A local anesthetic is subsequently applied to the scalp and the PRP is injected into areas where hair is thinning. As a final step, microneedling is performed on the scalp to create micro-trauma and micro-channels into the skin, which activates the PRP and permits it to penetrate deep into the skin.
One of the many benefits of this procedure is that there is no downtime subsequent to the appointment. Minimal transient side effects such as redness, minor swelling, and mild tenderness of the treated areas can be seen for up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, cosmetic results are most often seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and can continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. Because PRP is not a permanent treatment for hair loss, follow up treatments every 12-18 months are recommended.