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PRP for Hair Restoration

At our Ann Arbor practice, hair restoration is a treatment with wide appeal. Both male and female patients express frustration and embarrassment due to thinning hair. Treatments like prescription drugs and topical solutions are often only partially effective and have the potential for unwanted side effects. Surgical hair restoration can be expensive and doesn't always work. Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) for hair restoration can be a great option for improving hair density without surgery or harmful side effects.

To find out more about PRP for hair restoration, request a consultation at Ann Arbor Dermatology. Or you can call our office at (734) 996-8757 (Ann Arbor) or 734-455-6881 (Plymouth) (Ann Arbor) or 734-455-6881 (Plymouth) and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to assist you.

How It Works

PRP hair restoration is a nonsurgical procedure that involves injecting platelet-rich-plasma from your own blood into the thinning areas of your scalp. Platelets in the blood contain numerous growth factors, which work together with stem cells to revitalize the hair follicle, stimulating hair growth and reducing the effects of thinning.

PRP hair restoration effectively increases blood supply to the follicles, triggers and maintains the growth phases, increases hair thickness, controls the hair growth cycle, and decreases hair loss.

Candidates for PRP Treatment

The best candidates for PRP hair restoration are in the early stages of hair loss and still have somewhat active follicles that are not producing as much hair as they used to. Patients should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about their results. Patients should not have bleeding disorders or low platelet counts.

PRP Treatments

During treatment, we will use a special collection tube to draw your blood. The blood sample will be immediately processed for purification. We may apply a local analgesic to the treatment area to enhance your comfort. Using a small needle, the platelet-rich plasma is injected strategically into the scalp in sparse areas. Most patients describe the injections as a subtle pinch. Each session lasts about 30 minutes.

After a session, there is no downtime. Most patients return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. It is not uncommon for the treated area to feel a little tender, but this slight discomfort should resolve quickly.

Treatment will vary based on your needs. Initially, we may recommend several treatments spaced about 1 month apart. After those initial treatments, we suggest treatments about 2 to 4 times a year.

Results

After the initial series of 3 or 4 treatments, patients will begin to notice regrowth. It may take 6 months to a year to see significant hair regrowth.

Answers to Your Questions About PRP

What causes hair loss?

In men, pattern baldness is a product of the interaction of 3 factors: genetics, age, and hormones. As hair follicles shrink over time, hair coverage of the scalp diminishes. Eventually these follicles stop producing hair altogether, causing baldness.

In women, hair loss can be influenced by age, nutrition, stress, surgery, medications, illness, chemicals, and more. Women who are losing their hair should undergo a full medical evaluation to determine the cause of their hair loss.

What sort of aftercare is involved?

You shouldn't experience any downtime or recuperation period. You can shower the evening of your procedure using water that is not extremely hot. You should avoid using chemicals on your hair for approximately 48 hours.

What if I'm going through chemo?

We recommend that you begin PRP treatments after you have completed chemotherapy or any treatment that causes hair loss. This way, you will be able to achieve optimal results.

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