Top Trend for Hair Loss – PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss in 2018
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.
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 are 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 down genetic hair loss (male pattern baldness) in men. PRP Therapy can be ideal for stress-induced hair loss in women and/or thinning caused by hormonal issues. There are no wounds created; only a tiny needle is used to treat the areas that show evidence of thinning.
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss can be especially beneficial, in conjunction with FUE Hair Transplantation and is also often suggested for men under 35. There is a chance that the rate of hair loss slows down, 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 cause of hair loss in women (men) wearing tight hairstyles and weave over an extended period of time. Traction Alopecia is caused by constant pulling on the hair follicles. This can cause permanent damage to the hair follicles. Sometimes PRP Therapy can help stimulate those dormant hair follicles and cause them to grow healthy hair again. If the PRP Therapy is not effective even after multiple treatments, Dr. Slater will re-evaluate the patient and may suggest FUE hair restoration as 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, the FUE Hair Transplant could be the answer. FUE Hair Restoration is offered at Buckhead Hair Restoration, also known as ATL Hair Clinic.
Most candidates seeking Hair Loss Solutions could benefit from PRP Therapy, Hair loss medications, hair supplements and hair growth products. Sometimes Hormonal Imbalance can cause hair loss (mostly in women), in which case Dr. Slater can help. Read more about our method of natural hormone replacement therapy.
PRP Therapy & Hair Transplant
The PRP can be included as a part of the FUE 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 FUE hair restoration PRP is injected 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, which can enhance the graft yield, hair density, and final cosmetic appearance.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
The treatment is done in our office. It 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.
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