PRP/PRF Hair Restoration
An Ideal Option for Those Dealing With Thinning Hair
When PRP is used as a hair loss treatment, its growth factors can help patients regrow their hair and strengthen hair follicles and shafts.
PRP is obtained by drawing the patient’s own blood, just like it is done during a routine blood test. It is then spun in a centrifuge in order to separate the PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma or PRF - Platelet Rich Fibrogen from the red blood cells. With the use of local anesthesia, PRP/PRF is carefully injected into the superficial dermis of the scalp or if the scalp was microneedled it is applied topically. This treatment targets hair follicles that need stimulation so that hair density may be improved in the area that needs it most. The platelets break down and release their growth factors. When these growth factors are used for hair restoration, they stimulate cell renewal and increase blood flow, kick-starting a new active growth phase for dormant hair follicles.
Why We Love It
This treatment is suitable for both male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss and can be performed on any generally healthy patient who wants to restore their natural hair without undergoing surgical measures such as hair plugs or hair transplantation.
Some of the benefits and potential improvements that patients may experience with PRP/PRF therapy includes:
• May Address the Root Cause of Hair Loss
• Non-Surgical Treatment
• No Need to Transplant Hair
• Potentially Long-Lasting Results
• Minimal Downtime
For optimal results, PRP/PRF Hair Restoration is ideally suited for patients who are in the earlier stages of hair loss and hair thinning.
Primarily used for hair loss on the scalp.
What is the difference between injecting the PRP/PRF and applying it during a microneedling treatment?
Microneedling is a collagen inducing treatment which uses a microneedling device to penetrate the skin with small needles. The PRP/PRF is then applied topically to the skin, with the assumption it will be absorbed from the small injuries created on the scalp that act as channels. The PRP/PRF injection is more effective as the platelets are directly injected into the tissues. When PRP is placed back into the skin, it initiates a localized growth factor response increasing your chances of producing more collagen in the targeted areas offering better results. It is thought that in combination these two methods provide optimal results.
How long does a treatment take?
PRP/PRF hair treatments take approximately 30 to 60 minutes. During your consultation, Dr. Green will let you know an estimate on how many treatments you may need.
When will I see results?
Final results are visible at 6-12 months. Maintenance injections are typically recommended every 3-6 months.
Is there any downtime or side effects?
The majority of PRP/PRF hair restoration patients are able to return to their regular activities after treatment. Common side effects include tenderness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, itching, and/or scabs in the treated area. Some patients also experience a headache which resolves.