It’s normal to lose as many as 100 hairs a day and continue to have thick, luxurious hair. But if your hair loss leads to thinning and bald patches, you may be one of the nearly 80 million men and women in the United States with patterned baldness. Chaula Patel, MD, has a solution to help restore your hair and bring back its shine and vitality with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Call today or book an appointment online to get started.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a revolutionary treatment that was initially used to help promote healing in joints after an injury or surgery. It was later discovered that PRP therapy also helped promote hair growth by increasing the life cycle of the hair follicle.
PRP is a blood product with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors, which, when injected, stimulates the healing process at the cellular level to repair blood vessels, increase cell growth, and stimulate the production of collagen, an important structural protein.
Dr. Patel makes PRP from a small sample of your own blood. She draws blood from your arm, similar to what you might expect from any blood test, and takes a small portion of the sample, spins it in a centrifuge to separate the solid platelet portion from the liquid portion, and then adds the platelets back to your original sample.
PRP therapy restores your hair by jump-starting the growth of hair from the hair follicles currently on your scalp, and creating new hair follicles for more hair growth.
PRP therapy for hair restoration works best if your hair loss is more recent (less than five years), because it’s harder to wake up the hair follicles that have been dormant for too long.
To ease any discomfort, Dr. Patel first applies a topical anesthetic to your scalp. She then uses a tiny syringe to inject small amounts of PRP in a predetermined pattern to help restore hair growth. After treatment, you should be able to resume your usual activities. Dr. Patel provides specific guidelines on how to care for the treatment area based on your individual needs.
You may need several treatments set at one month intervals to get the results you want. Dr. Patel develops an individualized treatment plan so you know what to expect before you begin.
Due to the hair growth cycle, it may take up to three months until you see the effects of treatment. But once the hair starts to grow in, you should not only see an improvement in thickness, but also hair strength and shine.
To start PRP therapy for hair restoration, call today or book an appointment online.