For men and women struggling with hair loss, it can seem like there are more options than ever before. Yet, so many over-the-counter creams and advertised treatments end up doing little — if anything — to reverse hair loss.
PRP treatments are different. Unlike most hair loss therapies, PRP regenerates hair follicles directly, allowing them to grow new and healthy hair. These treatments are less invasive and time-consuming compared to hair transplant surgery but are still highly effective.
Hair follicles can become damaged with age and produce less healthy hair. PRP therapy can stimulate new hair growth that is healthy and strong. PRP treatments repair the damage to the follicles, promoting further healthy growth.
PRP can prevent future hair loss by repairing the underlying damage that causes hair loss in the first place. Patients losing hair can use PRP to heal the damaged follicles and prevent other follicles from weakening.
Unlike many other hair loss treatments, PRP is both quick and minimally invasive. The procedure involves a quick blood draw, followed by a handful of injections in targeted areas of the scalp — gone are the long hours of transplants or months of careful cream application.
During your consultation, Dr. Chiu will evaluate your hair follicles to ensure that PRP therapy can adequately address your hair loss concerns. If so, he will explain the procedure, answer your questions, and schedule your appointment.
PRP hair restoration therapy is performed in two stages.
During stage one, your technician will draw a small blood sample. This is comparable to the amount taken for standard blood tests. This blood is then run through a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. This process isolates and concentrates the compounds in the blood that induce cellular regeneration.
During stage two, the concentrated PRP is carefully injected into your scalp. Usually, the PRP injections target the hairline or areas where hair is receding or thinning. This allows the platelets to regenerate the follicles that are easiest to repair first.
You should expect minor swelling and redness around the injection sites. These symptoms usually pass within a day or 2. You should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days following your injections.
You should find that your scalp feels normal again within a week post-treatment; however, minor skin irritation may still occur. You can resume all activities, including washing your hair and using hair care products.
You should undergo follow-up treatments after 4 to 6 weeks until the conclusion of your treatment plan. Initial results are usually visible after the second or third procedure.
Dr. Chiu has experience in many cosmetic procedures, including rejuvenation treatments for hair loss. He customizes his approach entirely based on his patient’s needs. Dr. Chiu is regarded among colleagues, patients, peers, and international media as one of the best plastic surgeons in the world. He can help you recover a full head of healthy and strong hair.
The cost of PRP hair rejuvenation will vary depending on the size of the target area, the extent of hair loss, and other factors. Your technician will provide you with a personalized quote for your hair restoration therapy after your consultation.
PRP therapy is very safe. It uses your own natural growth factors, eliminating the risk of rejection or allergic reaction to the injected material. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are always potential risks. These may include:
People with thinning hair who are not yet bald are the ideal candidates for PRP therapy. The sooner you get treated after losing hair, the better, so ideal candidates should have begun losing hair recently. Promising candidates will be in good health, with no medical conditions that may impede the healing process. However, patients should have realistic expectations of their results.
PRP therapy may treat male or female pattern baldness and other types of hair loss.
After your initial injection is complete, follow-up treatments may be needed to lock in your results. Once that is complete, hair restoration therapy results can last for up to a year without requiring touch-ups. After a year, patients should consider further PRP therapy to maintain their results.
Yes. PRP therapy does not just cause follicles to grow new hair; it also helps existing follicles grow healthier, thicker hair. This can help patients whose hair is thinning as well as falling out.
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