Nine Answers to Your Questions About PRP Therapy for Hair Loss
1. Why Opt for PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss is also known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. It’s a treatment offered to men and women of all ethnicities. It’s a simple, non-surgical procedure where the patient’s PRP is extracted by drawing blood and separating the Platelet Rich Plasma from the rest of the blood with a centrifuge. The plasma is then injected into the thinning areas of the scalp to stimulate hair growth and provide fuller and healthier looking hair.
The procedure takes approximately sixty minutes and provides reliable results with a quick recovery period. It’s perfect for patients looking for an alternative to a full hair transplant. It can also be used to supplement hair transplant procedures.
2. How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP is injected into the scalp using a special micro-needle to enhance hair growth by stimulating dominant follicles. Each injection leaves a small amount of plasma close to the hair follicles that are stimulated by the growth factors and stem cells, thus producing higher quality hair and growth. Dr. Slater offers PRP Therapy for Hair Loss in Atlanta and Warner Robins. The treatment can also be used in combination with hair transplant procedures such as Low Light Lasers, Laser Caps, and more.
3. What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Your blood contains platelets that are rich in growth factors, which are the healing factors in our body. These platelets are our most potent healers. Platelets promote healing by restoring the normal architecture and strength of the tissue. They increase local blood flow and stimulate hair follicles to grow.
This technology has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care, initially provided as a healing aid to open heart surgery. The use of Platelet Rich Plasma for the scalp is evolving into a promising treatment. It is widely accepted that there is a significant response to PRP Therapy for Hair Loss. The success rate depends on the patient’s reason for hair loss and a number of other factors that can be explained at your free analysis with Dr. Monte Slater.
4. Does The Procedure Hurt?
Minor discomfort is reported when the injections are made, but these are done with a very fine needle to minimize any pain. We also have numbing agents available for all patients.
5. How Does a Patient Prepare For and Recovery From PRP Therapy?
The patient should avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for seven days prior and three days after the procedure. This includes prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter paracetamol (cardiac patients should continue taking aspirin). Patients on blood thinners (Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, or Pradaxa) are not candidates for PRP Therapy for Hair Loss. Right after the procedure, the patient is free to continue normal, everyday life.
6. How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Most patients start noticing the benefits around two to three months after their first treatment. We recommend three to four sessions for the best results, with a gap of four weeks between each session.
7. Are There Any Risks?
PRP Therapy is a natural procedure that doesn’t use any foreign materials or animal derivatives. Research shows that PRP obtained from a patient’s blood is safe, with a very minimal risk of complications and/or allergic reactions. As the platelets are obtained from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission through transfusion or the risk of rejection. You should, however, seek out a board-certified physician’s office. Even though a nurse may perform the treatment, the physician should be on the premises to see you before and after your treatment.
8. What Are Possible Side Effects of PRP?
Sometimes, the patient may experience minimal swelling, bruising, or redness during the first twelve to twenty-four hours. Mild bruising can occur at the needle site, which may be visible for two or three days. There is no risk of infection as the treatment is antimicrobial.
9. How Much Does It Cost?
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss can cost, on average, between $900 to $1100.
Have additional questions? Speak with our double board-certified physician Dr. Monte Slater. Visit our website www.buckheadhairrestoration.com. If you live in the Greater Atlanta Area, contact us or schedule an appointment today.