PRP Hair Treatment
What Is PRP Therapy for Hair Restoration?
Micro-needling & PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is an exciting non-surgical hair loss treatment that preserves and thickens hair for patients experiencing hair loss or thinning. While PRP has commonly been used at Utah Hair MD during hair transplant surgery to increase the survival rate of grafts, it has also proven to be effective in conjunction with micro-needling to stimulate hair follicles in the miniaturization process that typically happens during male or female pattern baldness.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets are small, disk-shaped cells within your own blood that contain several growth factors, cytokines, and proteins. The platelets induce the bodies to own natural healing response and release growth factors and many other proteins that all work together for cell repair and regeneration.
The dense concentration is extracted from a patient’s own blood and has long been used in the medical community for wound and tissue healing. As the medical community has evolved through continuing research and studies, PRP is now recognized for its role as an all-natural method for skin, scalp, and hair stimulation. This regenerative method has dramatically increased in popularity in the last two years as hair restoration specialists have discovered the positive benefits it offers for many patients with thinning hair.
A recent study that outlines the benefits was conducted by a group of Korean physicians and published in Dermatologic Surgery. Click on the image to read the full article.
How Is PRP Therapy For Hair Restoration Performed?
A small amount of blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to extract the PRP from the rest of the blood. This high concentration of growth factors is utilized pre, during, and post-procedure. Dr. Thompson injects a local anesthetic into the scalp and once numb, then injects a portion of the PRP mixture directly under the scalp where the follicles are located. Once injected, the platelets activate localized stem cells and begin to stimulate hair growth.
The PRP mixture is then also applied to bald and thinning areas of the scalp followed by a micro-needling treatment using the Eclipse MicroPen, a state-of-the-art, automated micro-needling device that treats patients efficiently and comfortably. The Eclipse MicroPen contains 12 micro-needles that create controlled micro-injuries in the scalp to induce the bodies natural healing response. The process takes approximately one-hour in-office with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime.
PRP treatments are considered completely safe and natural as you are using growth factors from your own body so there is no chance of blood infection or an adverse immune response.
How Does PRP With Micro-Needling Stimulate Hair Growth?
The micro-injuries created during an Eclipse Micropen micro-needling treatments trigger a natural healing response to repair damaged cells that have miniaturized, typically due to genetics and/or male sex hormones known as androgens. The injected PRP accelerates the process and degree of regeneration of the damaged tissue. The micro-channels created during treatment also allows for deeper penetration and greater coverage.
If many follicles have miniaturized to the point of complete dormancy (complete baldness), hair transplant surgery is typically necessary for full hair restoration. NeoGraft or FUT (strip-method) hair transplant surgery in conjunction with post-operative micro-needling with PRP treatments provides incredible long-term results for those with more moderate to advanced hair loss.
How Many Treatments Are Recommended?
Because PRP therapy works well to stimulate inactive or newly implanted follicles with little to no downtime, it has become a popular treatment to restore follicular health and improve hair thinning. Most patients require 2-3 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart with occasionally touch-ups every 6-12 months or as recommended by Dr. Thompson. Micro-needling with PRP can also be used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery and is especially helpful for those who do not tolerate finasteride (Propecia).
Benefits of Micro-Needling & PRP
- Minimal Side Effects
- Little to No Downtime
- Safe & Effective
- Short Treatment Time
- Natural Results
What Results Can I Expect?
PRP with micro-needling therapy can stimulate hair follicles to produce longer, thicker and healthier hair fibers. While it doesn’t actually regrow new hair, it works well to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles that happens with male or female pattern baldness. As mentioned above, hair transplant surgery with NeoGraft of the strip-method may be recommended to increase the actual number of hair follicles depending on your level of hair loss.
Results are typically noticeable within eight weeks following treatment but may take 6-12 months for full improvement.
Whether you are looking to treat thinning hair with PRP as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, Dr. Scott Thompson of Utah Hair MD will work with you to determine the best course of action to help you achieve your goals. Consultations can be made by calling (801)776-2220 or by submitting your information HERE.