More than 80 million Americans have hair loss. Often the result of genetics and hormonal changes, it can be a distressing and frustrating experience. However, you don’t have to just endure it.
If you’re embarrassed about hair loss, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy might be able to help you regrow your hair. Our providers at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Teaneck and Saddle River, New Jersey, specialize in this revolutionary treatment that uses your body’s own resources to help regrow hair.
Your blood contains a number of elements, including platelets. Platelets spur the generation of new tissue and help your body heal. When it comes to PRP therapy and regrowing hair, we harvest some of the platelets in your blood and inject them into your scalp.
Once your scalp receives this influx of platelets, they go straight to work, helping to reinvigorate inactive hair follicles. Specifically, injections of PRP help do the following things:
Platelet-rich plasma injections can stimulate the growth of new blood vessels around your hair follicles, which can improve the blood supply and deliver essential nutrients to the hair roots.
The growth factors in PRP can help stimulate cell proliferation. This, in turn, can help rejuvenate dormant or weakened hair follicles to help grow new, healthier hair.
Since PRP therapy can make hair follicles healthier, this treatment can help strengthen and thicken existing hair, which can result in fuller, thicker hair.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can extend the growth cycles of your hair, which can reduce shedding and promote longer periods of active hair growth.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is particularly effective for people with pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) and thinning hair.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy offers many benefits. First of all, PRP therapy is minimally invasive. It only requires a series of small injections. There are no incisions, sutures, or the need for extensive recovery time, as can be required with hair transplantation surgery.
Furthermore, since the PRP comes from your own blood, the risk for adverse reactions or allergic responses is very low. It’s a safe and natural treatment option.
Last but not least, PRP hair restoration has the power to transform your self-esteem. By promoting natural hair growth and restoring volume and thickness, it can help you regain your confidence.
While the PRP hair restoration procedure is relatively simple, we develop a customized plan for each patient. In general, however, you can expect the following.
First, we review your medical history and examine your scalp to help you decide if PRP therapy is right for you. Then, we take a small amount of blood from your arm and place it in a centrifuge, which rapidly spins your blood to separate the platelets from the other components in your blood.
After we prepare your concentrated PRP solution, we use a fine needle to inject it into your scalp, targeting the areas that are affected by hair loss or thinning. Once the platelet serum is injected into your scalp, the platelets start working right away, rebuilding and generating new tissue.
Every patient is different, but you can expect to have a series of treatments, and you should start noticing thicker, healthier hair in about six months.
If you’re losing your hair and want to see if PRP therapy can help you, we can give you a thorough evaluation and discuss your next steps. To learn more, call 201-836-9696 or book an appointment online with Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center today.