The most common cause of hair loss among both men and women is androgenic alopecia.
Common treatments of alopecia include Rogaine, Propecia or finasteride, steroid injections,
and supplements such as biotin. However, it has been found that injecting the platelets
from your blood back into your scalp can help in reversing hair loss in men and women, a
procedure known as platelet rich plasma injections or PRP. Growth factors in your PRP work
by promoting angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels) and accelerating revascularization
(restoration of blood flow) in the scalp, thus, increasing follicle size and increasing hair size.
This results in the promotion of hair growth and an increase in hair thickness.
Noticeable results take anywhere from 4-6 months to be seen. In the first 4-6 months after the initial treatment it is possible to notice an increase in shedding. This is completely normal and temporary as it is only a result of your hair transitioning from the resting or telogen phase to the growing or anagen phase. No therapy can improve hair while in the resting phase. Once your hair is in the growing phase, the amount of shedding you experience will decrease, the amount of hair in your scalp will increase, and the quality of your hair will improve. Treatments should be done every 6 months. For optimal results, a laser must be purchased and used in conjunction with the PRP treatment as it works synergistically to help your hair growth. It is necessary to receive multiple treatments, and if not done, your hair will eventually revert back to where it was prior to treatment. Successful results have been seen in patients with Androgenic Alopecia, Alopecia Areata, Discoid Lupus, and Telogen Effluvium. PRP alone has not been used successfully to treat Alopecia Universalis or Totalis, unfortunately.
The scalp PRP process starts by drawing your blood. Then, one of our medical assistants processes your blood in the lab, which takes approximately 45 minutes. After your PRP is ready, a ring block is applied to the scalp using a numbing agent and a small needle. If you have any allergies to lidocaine please notify us prior to your procedure. After this your hair is parted in small sections approximately 1” apart and a microneedling roller is used on the scalp to cause redness, inflammation, and to help in beginning the healing process. Lastly, your PRP will be injected into your scalp in a linear fashion 1 square inch apart from the back of your head to the front of your head. Your scalp will be bloody after the procedure. We will clean you up the best we can. You may wash your hair the day after your procedure to avoid any risk of infection. It will be necessary to plan accordingly in regards to work or any other plans for immediately after the procedure.