Hair loss can be a source of insecurity for many people, but most hair restoration treatments typically are cost-prohibitive and involve painful surgical procedures and long recovery times. At Regen Medical Centers, we use platelet rich plasma for hair rejuvenation as a non-surgical alternative for patients looking to combat hair loss. Platelet rich plasma helps to strengthen and stimulate weak, underactive, or undersized hair follicles and enables them to produce thicker and stronger hair. Platelet rich plasma works best for rejuvenating hair in thinning areas and may not be effective on areas of complete hair loss.
Are you interested in learning more about how platelet rich plasma is used for hair rejuvenation? Contact Regen Medical Centers today to schedule a consultation!
How is platelet rich therapy used for hair rejuvenation?
Platelet rich plasma is derived from the patient’s own blood and contains five to ten times the amount of platelets found in the blood circulating in the body. These platelets contain growth factors that stimulate the stem cells associated with the hair follicles, which in turn stimulates hair growth. Platelet rich therapy encourages the growth of fuller, thicker, and healthier hair and can produce results comparable to hair transplants.
Benefits of PRP therapy for hair rejuvenation
- Stronger hair follicles
New hair growth
Thicker, healthier hair
What can I expect during a treatment?
The platelet rich plasma is prepared by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm and separating the platelets and the plasma in a centrifuge. We will then concentrate the platelets using special techniques and purify the PRP. Once it is ready, the PRP will be injected into specific areas of the scalp. A local anesthetic will be used to reduce any discomfort you may experience as a result of the treatment.
When will I see results?
The visible effects of platelet rich plasma therapy develop gradually over time. Most patients are able to see results three to six months following treatment. Your results may vary depending on the condition of hair loss prior to treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Platelet rich plasma treatments are derived from your own blood, otherwise known as an autologous treatment, and there is no risk of allergic reaction to this treatment. Adverse reactions to PRP treatments are extremely rare. Some patients may experience some mild to moderate scalp tenderness in the first few days after the treatment. This tenderness can be managed with over-the-counter medication and typically subsides within a few days of the procedure.
Is there any downtime?
This is a minimally-invasive treatment and does not have any downtime associated with it. Many patients are able to return to their normal activities following a treatment. Some patients may experience some mild scalp tenderness is following a treatment, but this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Do you want to find out if using PRP therapy for hair rejuvenation is the right choice for you? Schedule a consultation with Regen Medical Centers today!
PRP Frequently Asked Questions
PRP stands for “platelet rich plasma.” Platelets are the blood cells responsible for healing and rejuvenating damaged tissue. When you cut yourself or break a bone, platelets are the key players that repair the damage. They have tremendous regeneration properties. PRP is commonly used in medicine for hair restoration, wound healing, facial cosmetics, sports injuries, inflammation, and more. EllisonHair™ focuses on hair restoration.
Platelets contain many different types of “growth factors.” Growth factors are the chemicals that platelets release to heal the body. When we perform PRP treatments in the office, we are concentrating and inducing your platelets to release large quantities of growth factors at a targeted area in the scalp to induce hair growth.
PRP Advantage specializes in hair restoration. Our PRP treatments are used for the purposes of growing or maintaining hair. Dr. Ellison has extensive experience with facial PRP and does provide this service upon special request.
Dr. Ellison has specialized in PRP since 2009. He was among the first physicians in the region to use it in clinical practice. He has extensive experience in facial and hair rejuvenation with PRP. He began using PRP for hair in August of 2015 and to date has performed over 250 cases with an exceptionally high satisfaction rate. Dr. Ellison is a pioneer in the PRP field and teaches other physicians to perform PRP. Dr. Ellison has developed his own proprietary PRP collection device and methods and is in the process of obtaining FDA approval for his device.
Although everybody’s pain threshold is different, PRP hair treatments are generally very well tolerated. The treatment is delivered with a small needle that is inserted under the skin, so there is some discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to help make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Most of our patients report being pleasantly surprised based on the reviews they have read on the internet.
The procedure itself takes 30 minutes or less. Including preparation and checkout time, most people are in the office for about an hour and a half to two hours.
PRP works well for thinning hair in the majority of people. The best candidates are healthy people with thinning hair but who still have actively growing hair follicles. PRP does not work to regrow hair in completely bald areas (i.e., shiny scalp). Those with underlying and correctable medical conditions such as low thyroid or another disorder should be treated prior to, or in conjunction with, receiving PRP.
PRP is not a one-size-fits-all treatment and the results vary from one individual to the next. We have seen the spectrum of patients and responses. Based on our experience we recommend three initial treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. We have seen spectacular results after two treatments and have had other who require more than three treatments to achieve their goals. Once the desired hair growth is achieved it must then be maintained. See below for comments on maintenance.
Depending on the literature or the PRP center, the reported response rate for PRP is highly variable. Dr. Ellison’s response and satisfaction rate is greater than 90%. Measuring satisfaction is subjective, so it is critical to ensure that a client’s expectations reasonably match what PRP can deliver and that proper candidates are chosen.
No. Not all doctors who do PRP use the same collection, processing and treatment methods. Outcomes can be related to a number of factors including each of these variables. The kits, equipment and devices used for processing and treatment are important.
Yes and No. For the right candidate, PRP will stimulate new hair growth and provide significant improvements in appearance. Once hair growth is achieved, however, it must be maintained. If one maintains the new hair growth it will become their new baseline. If one stops PRP and has no other method of maintenance, hair status will gradually return to baseline, probably within 12 to 18 months.
Yes. Dr. Ellison has performed stem cell therapy since 2009 through the collection and processing of adipose-derived stem cells. These are stem cells harvested from the patient’s own adipose (fat) tissue. We do not use embryonic stem cells, and the use of stem cells for hair regeneration is not the same as genetic cloning.