According to the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. deal with the stresses of hair loss. The good news is that after centuries of trying, research may have come up with a new solution for baldness and hair thinning. It’s called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and it appears to actually help regrow lost hair.
Platelet-rich plasma is the natural result of the body at work. Initially, the plasma was used to help skin to repair blood vessels, increase cell growth, accelerate the healing of wounds, and stimulate the production of collagen. In recent years, however, doctors began using it after researchers discovered that the intense concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote the growth phase of the hair cycle.
In the PRP treatment, a member of our trained team will draw a small amount of blood from the patient as in a routine test. The blood is placed in a sterile tube to be spun in a centrifuge that isolates red and white blood cells from the platelets and plasma. The doctor then uses a microneedle to inject the highly-concentrated plasma into the scalp where the hair has been lost. A local injection or an anesthetic may be used to ensure the patient’s comfort.
After the Procedure
When the treatment is complete, the patient is free to drive without assistance. There are virtually no side effects. Subsequent injections typically occur every month for three months, after which they are administered about every three or four months for up to two years. The timing of doses usually depends on the patient’s age, genetics, hormones, and the amount and pattern of hair loss.
Candidates for PRP
Although patients with early hair loss usually respond better, PRP is safe and effective for the vast majority of people experiencing hair loss. Among the few exceptions are individuals with such medical conditions as platelet dysfunction syndromes.
In addition to treating hair loss, our board-certified dermatologists and trained aestheticians at The Dermatology Clinic are here to help you in the full range of skin rejuvenation treatments. Please call us at (225) 769-7546 or fill out our contact form to discuss our injectable cosmetic fillers, non-surgical lifting procedures, and more techniques to improve the texture and appearance of your skin.