At SDBody, we treat many patients for hair loss and as a result, we hear a lot of questions about the most recent medical advancements in hair recovery solutions. This is especially true of Platelet-rich Plasma therapy, or PRP for hair loss. If you’ve been wondering if PRP is the right course in your battle with thinning hair, we wanted to provide you with the answers to the most common questions our clients ask.
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is produced from your own blood. Your blood contains platelets, a kind of cell that helps your body with cell repair and regeneration. PRP is a concentration of your own plasma that contains about five times the number of platelets found in normal blood.
PRP can be a very effective and safe treatment for the most common forms of hair loss. PRP can encourage growth in thinning hair. PRP is most effective when hair loss is addressed before total baldness has set in. Your doctor will work with you to determine the right schedule of treatment and in many cases clients see improvements in a matter of months.
When Should I Consider PRP for Hair Loss?
Anyone suffering from hair loss, men and women, can benefit from PRP. Perhaps you have tried other treatments and have been unhappy with the results. Maybe due to drug interactions or other reasons, you are unable to take advantage of treatments such as finasteride or hair transplants. Because PRP is safe, effective and has very minimal risks, PRP is an excellent option for anyone suffering from hair loss. And like most hair restoration treatments, the sooner you do something about your thinning hair the more successful you will be in keeping your hair.
What is PRP Treatment Like?
PRP uses your own blood. We draw your blood and then concentrate it using a centrifuge so that it is richer in platelets, which contain growth factors that stimulate new growth in your hair follicles. We then inject that platelet-rich plasma into your scalp at the level of the hair follicle. The entire procedure usually takes less than one hour.
How Often Do I Need PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?
In the beginning, we will treat your hair loss with PRP every month for the first few months. After that, we will lay out a consistent course of treatment every three to six months depending on your particular conditions. To maintain new growth, it is important to continue to receive regular treatments.
What Are the Typical Results of PRP for Hair Loss?
One of the exciting things about PRP is that recent studies have shown that PRP is effective in increasing hair growth and hair strength. You will typically see results within three to six months.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP for hair loss has very few risks or side effects. In fact, it has been used successfully for conditions such as arthritis, would care, ligament healing and more. Many of our clients like the fact that it uses their own blood for the treatment of their hair loss. You may experience some numbness or temporary bruising form the injections, but these clear up very quickly in most cases.
Why Should I Choose SDBody for PRP Treatments for Hair Loss?
There are many reasons SDBody is a leader in hair restoration in the greater San Diego, CA area. Our board certified physicians are up on the latest advances in medical science. Our state of the art facilities are conveniently located. Our staff is friendly, discrete and professional. But most importantly, our physicians are well trained and experienced in many interrelated areas, such as hormone therapies and multi-modal approaches to hair loss. Hair loss is almost always treatable, but can also indicate an underlying issue related to hormones, stress, medical conditions and more, so it is important to see an expert at SDBody to plot the best course of action for your particular situation.