An Unusual Hair Loss Treatment – PRP
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a new, non-invasive way to increase your body’s ability to re-grow hair using its own platelets.
Because of its increasing popularity in recent years, PRP is quickly becoming a very popular method to promote healing in injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. More recent uses include skin restoration and rejuvenation and hair restoration.
PRP is not a chemical and does not require any surgical procedures. It simply uses the power of your blood platelets or enhance what your body already does naturally. If used properly, PRP is a painless procedure performed in a professional’s office using local anesthesia. It takes approximately an hour to complete the procedure and there are little to no side effects or restrictions after its completed.
Are You an Ideal Patient?
The ideal PRP patient has weak, thin, and partially miniaturized follicles in the area that needs treatment. You’ll take HairCheck measurements in the treatment area. These measurements should not be lower than 50% of normal (control) and the density can be sparse but not completely depleted.
There’s also a “lunch hour” treatment to produce increases in volume and coverage in a significant number of weak follicles. PRP can also be safely used in conjunction with other therapies like topical or oral prescription medications—Formula 82M Minoxidil or FinPlus Finasteride, Low Level Laser Therapy, nutritional supplements and hair transplants.
How Much Does PRP Cost?
PRP is not cheap. An average Platelet Rich Plasma treatment costs $2,500. This include local anesthesia, PRP plus ECM/BioD, mechanical micropen platelet activation and a 15-minute low level laser therapy session.
Are There any Adverse Effects or Risks that Patients Should be Concerned About?
The most common side effect is numbness and redness on the scalp. These symptoms should clear up by themselves within 24 hours. There is low risk of infection or disease transmission because the process is performed under sterile conditions using the patient’s own blood. Results vary depending on the pattern of hair loss, genetic risk, health status, medications, patient’s age, concomitant therapies, and other factors. Ask your doctor today if this treatment is right for you.