Hair loss can take a toll on your self-esteem over time – especially when it feels like there are few treatment options that actually work. Although the field of hair restoration is constantly innovating, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is one treatment option that has been effective for many patients. If you’re considering your options for cosmetic hair restoration treatments, then your plastic surgeon can help. Here’s what to know about PRP hair restoration and what makes it one of the best options for boosting your confidence.
Hair loss or thinning can be caused by a variety of things. These include:
- Underlying conditions
- Changing hormone levels
Although we know of many things that cause hair loss, the specific ways to stimulate hair regrowth are still under much study. That’s why there can be many different treatments and products on the market that don’t produce results.
Human blood naturally contains plasma that consists of growth factors contained in platelets. Growth factors normally facilitate the growth of new, healthy cells and support the body’s innate restorative functions. PRP is simply a concentrated version of this plasma containing growth factors that can be administered in high doses to your hair follicles. This helps boost cellular activity and stimulate your follicles’ natural growth patterns again.
PRP comes from your own blood sample. The blood sample is be placed into a centrifuge where it can be spun down into its separate parts. The concentrated plasma can then be isolated and used for treatment. PRP is often paired with treatments like microneedling to help the PRP reach the deeper layers of the skin and provide an additional boost to cellular regrowth. PRP hair restoration is performed using a local anesthetic so you’re comfortable throughout. Once complete, you can return home.
The best way to implement PRP into your hair restoration treatment plan is by undergoing regular treatments. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, you’ll discuss the right treatment frequency for you. Most patients undergo treatments every few months until they achieve substantial growth, and then undergo maintenance treatments once or twice per year for best results. Most patients begin to see growth within a few months of treatment.
Combining PRP with other hair restoration methods is actually one of the most effective ways to boost hair growth. Some of the best options for a combination treatment include:
- Topical medications (minoxidil)
- Oral medications
- Laser light therapy
The best way to learn more about your hair restoration options is by meeting with our team. To meet with Dr. Sarraga, we invite you to contact Storch Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.
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