If you’re suffering from any degree of hair loss, you know how embarrassing losing your hair can be. For both men and women, a full head of hair indicates good health and attractiveness. Thinning hair, especially at a young age, can affect your self-confidence and cause you to feel less attractive. What are your options?
While medication like Rogaine and Propecia can help reverse some effects of balding, some users can experience negative side effects. Now, there is an affordable way to improve your hair density without those risks. Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, for hair restoration involves a simple injection of the platelets from your own blood into the vascular layer of your scalp.
How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work?
The platelets in your blood are rich in growth factors that send instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. Various fields of medicine have been using PRP since the 1990s to speed up recovery time, help with wound healing and regrow healthier, stronger tissue.
In recent years, doctors have discovered the many promising benefits of PRP for hair thickening and regrowth. With PRP for hair, your growth factors and stem cells work together to stimulate hair follicles and push dormant hair back into the growth stage.
PRP for hair loss is an innovative, all-natural solution that involves the collection and concentration of your body’s own platelets using a simple three-step process.
1. Drawn blood from your arm gets placed into a centrifuge that spins rapidly to isolate the platelets from the rest of the blood.
2. After 10 minutes, the platelets are concentrated and drawn into a syringe.
3. Using a small needle, the platelets then get injected directly into your scalp at the level of the hair follicles in the areas where you are experiencing hair loss.
Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
Almost anyone can get PRP treatment, but it is most effective for people experiencing early-stage hair loss. It is particularly helpful for sufferers of male and female androgenetic alopecia – a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head.
If you are taking blood-thinning medication, your platelets will not be as effective, which will affect your results from PRP for hair loss.
Are There Any Side Effects of PRP for Hair Loss?
The PRP approach may sound risky if you’re not familiar with the procedure. However, the treatment has virtually no side effects and carries little danger. Since PRP comes from your blood, there’s no chance of an allergic reaction or any other rejection from your body.
Though the procedure does involve a small needle, the injections are not painful. Most patients experience a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site and do not ask for anesthetic. If you feel any discomfort after the procedure, you can manage it with a non-prescription painkiller like Aleve or Motrin. If you have any bruising, you can expect it to fade within the first two weeks or so.
The treatment also takes little to no downtime for recovery, and most patients can go back to work the same day, if they choose.
What Results Can You Expect From PRP Hair Restoration?
Though you may wish for immediate results, PRP hair restoration can’t improve your hairline overnight, no matter how effective it is. Though the outcomes vary, it takes most hair restoration patients about two to three months to see an improvement from PRP therapy. The first result people usually notice is less hair fall, followed by the growth of new hair.
Consistency of treatments is the key to continual hair regrowth and preventing future hair loss. To achieve optimal results, you should plan to get injections every three to six months, depending on the extent of your hair loss.
Can PRP Hair Restoration Be Combined With Other Hair Loss Treatments?
Although PRP is an effective standalone treatment, it has been proven even more effective in tandem with hair restoration surgery. It helps prime the hair follicles for growth before getting a hair transplant procedure. By injecting the PRP into the area where the hair grafts will be placed, it creates optimal results and helps speed the healing process.
At the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, we offer NeoGraft, which is an innovative and minimally invasive hair restoration procedure. The system automatically harvests small bunches of donor hair for follicular unit extraction, or FUE.
FUE is the gold standard of hair restoration surgery because of its ability to produce incredibly natural-looking results without the linear scar associated with traditional hair restoration surgery. Because it uses such tiny grafts, the fully healed scars are nearly impossible to see.
How Does NeoGraft Work?
The automated NeoGraft system gently removes hair grafts using controlled pneumatic pressure, which means there is no need for twisting or yanking the hair out. The recipient sites are artistically placed in the perfect pattern for your specific hairline and face shape. Then, grafts can be precisely inserted into the areas of your scalp where the hair is sparse, to mimic the way your hair grows naturally.
Combining PRP with the NeoGraft procedure aids in the healing, growth and density of the transplanted hair. The PRP stimulates the newly implanted hair follicles to enter an active growth phase, creating noticeably thicker and denser hair.
Because NeoGraft is such a straightforward procedure, the entire transplant can be completed in one day. If you like, you will be able to return to work the day after your surgery. Though you will be able to see the shape of your new hairline immediately after getting FUE with NeoGraft, it will take up to a year to regain your fuller, thicker head of hair.
Your Personal Treatment Plan for Hair Restoration in Atlanta
Don’t let hair loss hold you back or make you suffer from embarrassment or feelings of social anxiety. Technology has given you many options for re-growing a healthy and natural-looking head of hair. If you’re ready to make the investment in your self-confidence, contact us at the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery to explore your options for hair restoration. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to hear from you!