Genetics, aging, stress, medical conditions, and a list of other causes can result in thinning hair and baldness. These issues can concern both men and women, significantly affecting hair thickness and health. Aside from the physical aspects of hair loss, it can also take a mental and emotional toll.
PRP hair restoration may be the answer to your hair concerns. It is a safe and natural way to encourage hair growth and positively affect the health of your hair in the long term.
Continue reading to understand PRP hair restoration and how treatment works. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRP hair treatment can benefit you and help you meet your hair goals, Orchidia Medical Group is ready to meet you.
What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is made up of two key ingredients – platelets and plasma, both found in the blood. Platelets are blood cells that help with healing in the body, and plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. Platelet-rich plasma is a form of blood that contains more platelets than usual, allowing it to be used for many different medical and cosmetic purposes.
To create platelet-rich plasma, the blood must undergo a special process. A nurse can take blood as they would with any blood work and place the vial of blood into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge quickly spins the blood, and the different components of the blood separate during the process.
After the blood is done in the centrifuge, red and white blood cells sit at the bottom of the vial while the plasma floats to the top.
The final result is a plasma sample with a very high platelet count ready for use in PRP treatments.
How PRP Can Help Hair Growth and Health
Among the many benefits of PRP is it can aid in hair growth and hair health.
Platelets help with cell regeneration and growth. Therefore, injecting PRP into the scalp and reaching the hair follicle can stimulate the cells responsible for hair growth.
Aside from aiding in hair growth, PRP treatments can help maintain healthy hair. The PRP injections can help give hair follicles a healthier blood supply, increasing the health and thickness of your hair.
PRP and your body’s natural function can work together to give you renewed hair growth and health.
The PRP Hair Treatment Process
The PRP hair treatment process works in three different steps, including the following.
First, we will start by drawing a small amount of blood we can use to create the plasma for the treatment. This part is quick and should take no longer than a few minutes.
Creating the Platelet-Rich Plasma
After drawing blood, we prepare the vial to go into the centrifuge machine. The blood spins in the centrifuge for about 10 minutes, giving it enough time to separate. Once it’s done, we take the platelet-rich plasma and prepare it for injection.
Injecting the PRP into the Scalp
Once the PRP is in a syringe, we carefully and precisely inject it into the areas that need increased hair growth. The injections are approximately half an inch apart, spanning the entire treatment area.
Because PRP treatments are natural, your body will begin to heal immediately after your treatment. Recovery is relatively easy, and you’ll be able to engage in normal, everyday activities.
PRP Hair Restoration Results
Results vary, but generally, after getting PRP hair treatment, you can experience:
- New hair growth wherever treatment was administered
- Hair feeling and looking thicker and healthier
- A fuller-looking hairline
You’ll need multiple PRP hair treatments to get the best results, and the number of treatments usually depends on your specific needs.
Usually, we recommend patients come in once a month for the first few months of treatment for maximum results. After that, we may recommend follow-up visits every few months for maintenance, as this continues fostering new hair growth and healthy, strong hair.
Not seeing results immediately after your first few PRP hair treatments is common. Because of how the PRP works within the scalp and hair follicles, you likely won’t begin seeing results for a few months after you begin treatment. Patience is key, but the results speak for themselves.
Is PRP a Permanent Solution?
You should follow your treatment plan and get follow-up treatments as needed to get the most out of your PRP benefits. If you do, PRP can significantly help your hair’s long-term health and growth. Once your hair begins to grow, it should continue to grow and stay healthy.
Who’s a Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
Generally, a person in good overall health may be a candidate for PRP hair treatments. Those that may benefit most from these treatments include the following:
- Individuals experiencing substantial hair loss or pattern baldness
- Individuals wishing to improve the thickness of their hair
Additionally, PRP treatments can benefit those who have had hair transplant surgery, as they can increase the effectiveness of your results.
Individuals that may not be good candidates for PRP include those that take blood-thinning medication, have blood clotting disorders, and individuals with skin or scalp infections.
Heavy smokers should quit smoking before their treatment, as smoking can affect healing and eventual results.
Schedule a Consultation for Your PRP Hair Treatment
We want to help you reach your hair goals, and PRP can help get you there. We’ll get to know you, your needs, and your desired results to curate the best treatment plan for you.
Hair restoration has come a long way. It’s normal to have concerns, but we’re ready to address them all and put your mind at ease.
To begin your hair growth journey, we encourage our Naples, FL, patients to contact us at Orchidia Medical Group to schedule a consultation.