Hair is an integral part of one’s appearance and opinions about the thinning or loss of hair may vary from bald is beautiful to the use of hats, hairstyles, or scarves to cover up the baldness. However, there are a great many men and women devastated by hair loss and looking for solutions. In the past options for restoring hair were limited to creams and pills or surgical remedies. Now there is a popular new non-surgical method of hair treatment & restoration… Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP treatments are available at Pinnacle Dermatology in Bellevue for both men and woman looking for a non-surgical solution to hair loss or thinning hair.
What is PRP?
PRP is a revolutionary step in utilizing the body’s own plasma to aid in its natural healing, rejuvenation and cellular growth. A small amount of your blood is withdrawn and processed to isolate the platelet –rich plasma and growth factors, and then, the highly concentrated rich PRP is placed back in the skin by injection and/or micro-needling. It’s safe, non-allergenic and has been used successfully in other medical procedures for years.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP is safe and virtually a risk-free procedure. Using your own platelets, there is no risk of infection or allergic reactions. It is often the procedure of choice for those who want no injection of chemicals and to prevent side effects. Side effects are virtually nonexistent with the use of your own blood.
What are the treatments like?
This non-surgical treatment is performed in our office where a small amount of blood is collected and processed immediately, placed in a centrifuge and special filter to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood and then injected back into the skin. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate regeneration of the cells. Your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to the scalp before your procedure. After your treatment, you can return to your activities almost immediately.
How soon will I see results?
During your consult your doctor will discuss the results you can expect since each case differs depending on hair loss, the number of treatments and the health of scalp and hair. While some patients have seen results after one treatment it is generally recommended that a series of two to 4 treatments take place over 6 months. Some doctors also use enhancers to improve the treatment.
Can PRP be used with other hair procedures?
Yes, PRP can be used in conjunction with surgical hair procedures to enhance the results, and aid in healing. PRP therapy is generally performed at the same day as the hair restoration surgery.
Benefits of PRP
PRP stimulates new cell growth and helps the body heal itself, with no risks of allergic reaction and, no infection, because it comes from your own body. PRP has been show to stimulate inactive hair into a growth state and lessen the shedding effect.
Who are the best candidates?
The best candidates for PRP injections are those in the early stages of hair loss with less than 3 years of hair loss or thinning hair, in good health and have determined the cause of their hair loss.