Hair loss, or alopecia, is a concern for men, women, and children.
Hair loss and hair thinning are inevitable throughout the aging process. This is a problem that affects both men and women, and the risk of it increases with age. At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, we offer both surgical and nonsurgical methods of hair restoration.
Treatment for thinning hair consists of using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to use the patient’s own plasma to stimulate and maintain hair growth. This method has proven to be more readily accepted by the body and has been deemed an effective treatment option.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair loss is a very popular procedure at our New York City medical center for women and men. PRP is a process in which the patient’s blood is drawn and the platelet-rich plasma is then drawn up into a syringe and injected in the areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth. PRP can also be used for acne scarring, skin rejuvenation and help to restore volume loss in the face.
What is PRP Plus?
We are also pleased to introduce PRP Plus, a novel method of stimulating hair growth in both men and women. Using techniques that were developed at our Center, we have enhanced the activity of PRP with cells derived from the patient’s own fat. This has resulted in a significant increase in hair growth in balding areas (up to 30%). This technique involves the extraction of abdominal fat via a small incision, following which the fat is processed and mixed with plasma derived from the patient’s blood. The mixture is then injected into the scalp via a fine needle. The whole process is done using local anesthesia and takes approximately 60 minutes to perform.
How does prp work?
It is proposed that growth factors released from platelets may act on stem cells in the hair follicle and thus stimulate the growth of new hair follicles. The results can include an increase in total hairs, an increase in hair density and an increase in the vascular supply to the scalp.
In the skin, it is hypothesized that PRP may induce the synthesis of collagen and other skin matrix components by stimulating the activation of fibroblasts, thus, rejuvenating the skin. Though PRP is currently widely used in clinical dermatology, experimental studies confirming the effects of PRP on aged skin are very limited.
Learn more about the effect of PRP in hair regrowth by visiting ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Real Patients Before and After photos
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss on the Scalp of a Woman
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss on the Scalp of a Man
Questions and Answers
Q: How Many Treatments Does It Take?
A: The recommended treatment regimen is three monthly scalp injections and a follow-up assessment visit 6 months later. If the initial treatment is effective, regular treatment is every 9 months.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Most medications used to restore hair loss have potentially significant side effects, but PRP is a natural, medication-free way to harness your bodies’ own growth factors to boost hair regrowth.
Infection, scarring, and injury to blood vessels are possible but unlikely side effects.
Q: When Will I See Results?
A: Increased hair growth is often noted after 6 to 12 weeks.
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