Treating Hair with Platelet Rich Plasma
There are many hair loss treatments available today, but platelet-rich plasma harnesses your body’s natural healing capacity to treat hair loss – without surgery. Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, was once an exclusive treatment for celebrities and high-profile individuals, but Maine Plastic Surgery has made minimally-invasive PRP hair restoration treatments accessible to everyone.
How is PRP used during hair treatments?
PRP is a concentrated serum of your body’s growth factors. PRP is often associated with “vampire facials,” but has a wide variety of applications from healing injuries to cosmetic procedures – and to trigger healthy hair growth. When used for hair restoration treatments, these nutrients boost your body’s blood flow, supplying extra blood to the area to encourage new hair growth in dormant follicles. Increased blood flow and the presence of growth factors stimulate fading hair follicles to return to producing healthy, thick, strands of hair.
What causes hair loss?
Most men and women experience some degree of hair loss as they age. Genetics is a significant component in balding patterns, but you may also experience hair loss as a result of stress, hormone changes, certain medical conditions, or hairstyles.
Male-patterned baldness can have a visible impact on your hairline as early as your twenties, and typically results in patches of thinning or missing hair on the top or back of the head. It can also result in a receding hairline near the temples. Women usually experience all-over thinning, not necessarily with patches of baldness but with the scalp becoming more visible at the part, along with noticeably thinner, finer hair.
What can I expect from PRP treatments?
PRP starts with a simple blood draw. Your blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the healing compounds and other nutrients. The concentrated serum is then injected into the scalp during multiple treatments spaced approximately one month apart. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will determine a custom treatment plan based on the degree of hair loss and your desired results.
What are the benefits of using PRP for hair loss?
Platelet-rich plasma treatments are a natural, non-surgical way to boost hair growth. Other benefits of PRP include:
- No scarring
- Numbing cream results in minimal discomfort
- Treatments are quick
- Little to no downtime
- Treatments can be repeated as necessary
Without incisions or scarring, your hair restoration treatments will not be noticeable to others. You can resume work and other activities quickly.
How do PRP treatments compare to other hair restoration procedures?
Most hair restoration procedures take hours to complete and require harvesting hair follicles that are then placed individually in the thinning area. Each PRP treatment takes approximately one hour to complete and can be repeated on an as-needed basis to maintain results. While some hair loss treatments require repeated application of creams or medications, PRP jumpstarts hair growth naturally, without chemicals or prescriptions.
What results can I expect?
Platelet-rich plasma treatments produce natural results. Your growth factors will only inspire growth in dormant follicles, so you can maintain your natural hairline and boost hair growth. Results are not immediate, but you will likely see a noticeable improvement after approximately six months. If you are ready to revitalize your hair, schedule a consultation with Maine Plastic Surgery to see if a hair loss treatment with PRP is right for you.