PRP Hair Treatment at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg
Most men and women experience some degree of hair loss during their lifetime. Even mild cases of hair loss can lead to poor hair volume and visible bald patches, making hair restoration a popular choice for people affected by this condition. PRP therapy for hair is a revolutionary new hair loss treatment that uses the body’s own plasma to stimulate hair follicles. PRP hair restoration can safely treat hair loss due to alopecia areata (spot baldness) and androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness).
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
In the past, hair growth formulas used synthetic chemicals to stimulate hair growth. While this approach was effective for some people, these formulas often caused itching, irritation, and in rare cases, severe allergic reaction. They also tended to yield mixed results: Everyone’s physical makeup is different, so chemical hair treatments don’t work for every individual. PRP hair treatment is different: This hair restoration procedure is completely natural and, because it uses compounds sourced from the patient’s body, it’s tailored to match each patient’s unique physiology.
To perform PRP hair restoration, our doctors begin by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. This blood is then processed in a special device called a centrifuge; the centrifuge spins the blood at very high speeds in order to isolate the platelets it contains. These platelets are extremely rich in human growth factors. This gives the designation of PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma.
Human growth factors have a number of potential cosmetic and medical benefits because they act as cellular messengers. They can instruct cells in specific areas to regenerate, naturally repairing damage that’s occurred over time. PRP is already used to treat arthritis and skin aging, as well as being a popular hair restoration method.
When PRP is applied to the scalp, it signals hair follicles to become more active. As a result, follicles that have fallen dormant due to hormonal changes, medication use, or normal aging start to operate again. Bald patches are gradually covered by new hair growth over the course of multiple PRP hair restoration treatments. (Most patients require about three PRP treatments, spaced out over the course of four to six weeks. Occasional maintenance injections may also be recommended; these are usually administered once every six months.)
How is PRP Hair Treatment Performed?
PRP is injected into the scalp with a fine needle in any locations where hair cover is sparse. Our doctors will numb the treatment area (or areas) prior to injecting PRP in order to ensure patient comfort.
Are Any Side Effects Associated with PRP Therapy for Hair?
PRP hair restoration is not linked to any serious side effects and does not require any downtime. Because PRP is harvested from the patient’s own body, it cannot cause significant irritation or lead to an allergic reaction. Some patients may experience mild soreness or bruising after having PRP therapy, but these symptoms will resolve on their own within two to three days. Still, it’s important to have PRP injections administered by a trained clinician; improper injection placement can lead to blood vessel damage and other complications.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
Most healthy adults can have PRP hair restoration. However, PRP hair treatment is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and people with compromised immune systems.
Before having PRP treatment, you will need to discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications. This includes certain over the counter pain relievers, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs.
When you come in for a consultation, our doctors will carefully review your medical history and ask you about your use of medications and supplements. This way, they can ensure that you’re a good candidate for PRP injections.
Arrange a PRP Hair Restoration Consultation in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Hair loss is one of the most common—and the most challenging—cosmetic issues that people face. Baldness is difficult to conceal, so it frequently causes feelings of self-consciousness for both men and women. Don’t feel that you have to live with thinning hair or bald patches: PRP hair therapy can restore the lush fullness of your hair, without any risk of irritation or serious side-effects. To learn more about PRP therapy for hair, contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 to arrange your personal consultation.