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What is PRP Therapy?

Why we decided to incorporate PRP Therapy for Hair Loss and Anti-Aging!

The field of “Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine” is expanding rapidly, and one of the newer technologies to come from this area of medicine is platelet rich plasma – PRP Therapy. It has been used for over a decade in orthopedic applications and is what Star Athletes are using to treat joint injuries.  Apparently, it is also what Peyton Manning used to help heal his neck injury before his record-breaking season as a quarterback in the NFL.

Hair Restoration in combination with PRP has seen a dramatic increase in the past few years.

The Hair Restoration industry has discovered the positive benefits of this form of regenerative medicine. Platelets are small disk-shaped cells within your blood that are rich with high concentrations of several growth factors. The platelets can be thought of the “quarterbacks” of the healing processes in your body. They can encourage the healing response, and play a vital role in healing by releasing multiple growth factors (found within the platelet rich plasma).

Not only does it have a healing effect when injuries occur but is also used in various anti-aging procedures (Vampire-Procedures). Micro-Needling and Injections to the face and neck (with PRP) are performed to increase circulation and stimulate collagen production.

PRP Therapy can be a stand-alone procedure to slow the progress of balding and hair loss in men and also for women that are experiencing stress-induced hair loss or hair thinning due to hormonal issues. There are no wounds created; only a tiny needle is used, and so there is no scarring of any sort, and following the procedure, there is zero evidence that a procedure of any sort has taken place. This is similar to when you have your blood drawn for labs; there are no permanent changes that occur at the blood draw site.

PRP for HAIR LOSS is especially beneficial, in conjunction with other non-surgical treatments, in young men, and in females with early stages of hair loss. For men under 35, there is a significant chance that the rate of hair loss slows down dramatically, and in some cases, the follicle produces hairs with larger hair shaft diameters, and thus it appears as though the hair has grown back.

What about Traction Alopecia? Can PRP Therapy help?

Traction Alopecia is a significant cause for hair loss in African American women and also in white males that bought into the man ponytail and man bun trend. Traction Alopecia is hair loss caused by tight hair styles and constant pulling on the hair follicles. This can cause permanent damage to the hair follicles. Sometimes PRP can help stimulate those dormant hair follicles and cause them to grow healthy hair again. If the PRP is not effective, Dr. Slater and his team of Hair technicians can evaluate if the Neograft hair transplant is an option. This decision depends largely on the donor site. If the hair follicles on the back of the head were not damaged and contain good density, NeoGraft Hair Transplant could be the answer. To read more about NeoGraft Hair Restoration click here.

Most candidates seeking Hair Loss Solutions could benefit from PRP Therapy, Hair Loss Medication, LaserCap, NeoLTS, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and NeoGraft Hair Restoration as a Combination Therapy.

How PRP WorksPRP Therapy & Hair Transplant

The PRP can be included as a part of the NeoGraft hair restoration procedure as it is exceptionally good at helping the new grafts heal into their new location. Medical studies have consistently shown that this additional treatment increases the growth and density of the transplanted hair. The PRP acts in a manner, not unlike fertilizer for your lawn. When used in conjunction with the NeoGraft hair restoration procedure, the PRP is injected virtually pain free and injected just under the skin where the new hair grafts are going to be placed, this takes place several weeks prior to the scheduled Hair Transplant, so that when the grafts  are placed, a higher-than-normal level of the body’s “Own Healing Cells” (Growth-Factors) are present in the skin, which greatly enhances the graft yield, hair density, and final cosmetic appearance.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

The treatment is done in our office by Dr. Monte Slater requires preparing a small amount of the patient’s blood. The blood is then placed into our centrifuge and spun down into a potent serum (derived from the separation of white and red blood cells, and platelet rich plasma) to help initiate cellular regeneration within your scalp. Dr. Monte Slater gently administers a local anesthetic to completely numb the scalp treatment area before the PRP procedure. The scalp is then injected with PRP, and no general anesthesia is needed. The PRP can be administered via a series of injections over the recipient areas of the scalp. How a patient responds to the procedure can vary from person to person, and will depend on the intrinsic healing ability of one’s body.  Individuals receiving PRP therapy can exhibit improvement after about 2 or 3 months and the treatment can be repeated depending on the level of response. Dr. Slater determines the exact treatment plan, only after careful diagnosis of the hair loss cause. He may suggest combination treatments with hair care products, supplements and hair transplantation. 

Another important component of healthy hair growth and scalp health is hormones. Visit our BHRT Page for more information on why this could play a major role in the overall Vitality and Hair Health.

This is especially important for Men and Women in their 40’s and up, but deficiencies and imbalance can also affect younger people.


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