If you have thinning hair, you may be a candidate for PRP (platelet-rich plasma) hair restoration. This unusual treatment, which uses a person’s own blood to promote hair growth, is quickly gaining popularity around the world. How does it work? Is it safe? And is it a good option for you?
To understand the theory behind PRP, it’s important to know about plasma. Plasma is one of two components of blood, the other being red blood cells. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which contain growth factors. These growth factors have been used in medicine for a while now, treating issues like arthritis and aging, and scientists have now discovered that they can also promote new hair growth by stimulating the activity of hair follicles. In fact, there are many scientifically based articles confirming the efficacy of this treatment for increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
- So how does PRP work? The patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which separates the plasma from the blood. This platelet rich plasma is then injected directly into the patient’s scalp. By stimulating follicle activity, PRP promotes hair growth, filling in areas of thinning or receding hair. This meticulous procedure involves injections every half inch over the intended area, but only takes about half an hour.
- Is it safe? Because PRP derives a natural serum directly from your own cells, there’s no real risk involved. While the doctor can numb the area if desired, most people choose to go without numbing, because the discomfort is minimal. For any discomfort or pain you might experience, Tylenol and ice packs should be sufficient to alleviate the symptoms. There’s not really any downtime, although forgoing regular hair maintenance like blow drying or coloring hair is recommended for a day or two.
- Who is a candidate for PRP? It’s not for everyone, and if the hair follicles are completely lost, it’s not likely to be effective. In that case, hair transplant surgery might be a better option. However, people with fine or thinning hair, androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness), and women with pattern alopecia may benefit from this process. For best results, the treatment is typically performed once a month for 3-4 months, then repeated every 3-6 months.
If you’re interested in PRP Hair Restoration, trust Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to provide superior, professional care that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. For hair restoration, we use the Eclipse PRP system, which is favored for the robustness of clinical data & efficacy. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists, licensed cosmetic service providers, and friendly staff members is here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. For more information, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.