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For Hair Loss
We are pleased to offer PRP Injections for Hair Loss and wrinkling. PRP is a perfect, all natural procedure for anyone looking for thicker, healthier hair and to stimulate collagen growth of their skin.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are the cells that help you stop bleeding when you scrape or cut yourself, but they are also rich in many growth factors, including: platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor.
Since platelets release many important factors, they have been used to treat joint problems, and now hair loss as well. PRP has been shown to benefit patients with a variety of hair loss sub-types, including androgenic alopecia (also known as “male” or “female” pattern hair loss).
The best part about PRP is that it is all-natural, as it comes from your own blood.
PRP promotes hair growth via 2 pathways:
- Encouraging new blood vessels (angiogenesis)
- Encouraging hair follicles to enter and extend the duration of the anagen phase (the growth phase)
Studies show that PRP injections may even be as effective, if not more effective, than Rogaine (minoxidil 5%) at stimulating hair regrowth, in certain types of hair loss (El Taieb et al, 2016).
After we draw blood into a tube, it is spun in a centrifuge machine, and the platelets can be removed.
In our office we follow a protocol that consists of 4 monthly visits or injections every three months for a year. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, maintenance will be suggested.
Because it is all natural, there are no concerns about side effects with PRP. Just make sure to stop any vitamins, fish oil, or pain relievers 1 week before, as they can cause bruising.
After your treatment, avoid hair dye for 48 hours. No change in skin care routine.