Hair loss (alopecia) and thinning hair is one of the most common conditions dermatologist diagnose and treat. Affecting millions of patients, both men and women of all ages, hair loss can cause significant distress and can often decrease ones self-esteem and confidence. There are various types of hair loss with many different causes. Some examples include androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and scarring alopecia. Stress, nutritional deficiencies, major illnesses, postpartum, underlying medication conditions can all be a source of hairless. The most common cause of hairless is hereditary, androgenic alopecia. Medical treatments including nutraceuticals, prescription medications and platelet-rich plasma can prevent future loss and even promote new growth. Nutrafol is a natural, 100% drug free oral supplement shown to improve hair growth and quality by targeting multiple root causes. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that stimulate the development of new hair follicles and improves the health of existing ones. At Islandwide Dermatology, a combination of therapies is often prescribed to work best to prevent loss and promote growth.
It’s theorized that PRP has cell-renewal properties that stimulate the scalp to encourage hair growth. PRP therapy increases the blood supply to hair follicles and may also increase hair thickness. Most patients require 4-6 treatments that are spaced several weeks apart. Once you reach your desired results, maintenance treatments can be done every few months.
PRP for hair loss treatments involve three steps:
The Blood Draw: We will draw some of your blood, which is typically taken from the arm. Your blood is put into a centrifuge that spins the blood to separate the platelet-rich plasma.
Centrifuge Isolation of PRP: The centrifuge separates the fluids in the blood and takes around 10-20 minutes. The goal is to isolate the PRP from the red and white blood cells, which is a yellowish or straw-like color.
PRP Scalp Injections: The isolated PRP is injected into precise areas of the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
PRP for hair loss is a cost-effective, simple, and non-surgical treatment that can provide a substantial improvement in hair growth and thickness. There’s little to no downtime involved, though some patients wait a day to return to work. Using your own blood reduces certain risks, but infection, blood vessel or nerve injury, and adverse reaction to local anesthetic can occur. If you are a heavy smoker, take blood thinners, or have a medical condition such as cancer, liver disease, diabetes, chronic infections, or low platelet count, PRP therapy may not be right for you.