If you’re considering a procedure to improve hair growth, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be just what you need. This treatment uses your own blood components to stimulate the hair follicle growth cycle to help you gain a fuller, thicker head of hair. It’s a good fit for many people, both men and women. Take a look below to learn more about PRP, how it works and whether it might be a good fit for your hair restoration needs.
About PRP for Hair Growth
Your blood is made up of nutrient-rich growth factors that can boost tissue regeneration and wound healing. It also has the ability to stimulate the growth cycle of hair follicles when injected into the scalp. These growth factors, known as platelet-rich plasma, are what is used to improve hair growth for many in a simple outpatient procedure. This therapy is often used in conjunction with more traditional hair regrowth treatments.
Candidates for PRP
Many individuals will find they are candidates for PRP therapy, but there are some exceptions. You must have low-density hair and not be completely bald. It’s also important that you don’t use recreational drugs and that you aren’t a heavy consumer of cigarettes or alcohol. Those who take blood thinners are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy, as there is a chance of excessive bleeding. Finally, there are certain medical conditions that are not compatible with this procedure. Some specific issues include blood disorders, chronic liver or skin disease, cancer, and metabolic disorders, among others. Talk to our doctor about your medical history to be sure you are eligible to receive PRP therapy.
How It Works
PRP for hair growth works by first drawing blood. That blood is then placed in a centrifuge where it is spun so rapidly that the PRP is separated from the rest of the blood. A benefit of this therapy is that there is no need to worry about allergic reaction because the PRP comes from your own blood. Then the platelet-rich plasma is injected. That’s all there is to it. Your hair will be washed, and you’ll be ready to go home. Because only local anesthetic is needed, you’re fine to drive on your own. In addition, you can immediately return to your everyday activities. There is no downtime. In order to maintain hair growth results, our doctor may recommend additional treatments every few months.
This is a summary of PRP therapy for hair growth and how it works. Please meet with the educated staff at the office of Steven Dayan, MD in Chicago to learn more. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!