Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is already a widely used therapy for oral surgery, sports medicine, orthopedics, and aesthetics like Vampire Facial®. But, did you know that your own blood can also help you regrow hair? The NW Dermatology Institute is among a select few hair loss referral centers across America, and is proud to offer cutting-edge treatments like PRP and more for hair disorders.
Hair Disorders Treated by PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment used alone and in conjunction with other modalities for certain types of hair loss, including androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). Depending on the situation and your particular needs, PRP and/or another hair loss treatment might be right for you if you have other types of hair loss, too.
How PRP Works
Doctors began using PRP in dermatology after researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
To take advantage of this natural ability within your own blood, your doctor withdraws a small blood sample and then uses a highly advanced centrifuge to extract and concentrate the plasma. This plasma is many times more powerful than your whole blood, and instead of being scattered throughout your body your doctor can inject it directly where you've lost hair.
Typically, your doctor administers injections monthly for three months. Then, a typical maintenance schedule could be treatment sessions every three or four months for up to two years. The exact PRP injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age and hormones.
Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss
PRP offers many benefits for hair loss sufferers, including:
- No scarring
- No downtime
- Increases circulation to your hair follicles
- Improves overall hair density
- Thickens your hair shaft
- Reduces excessive hair shedding
- May alleviate inflammation
To learn whether PRP treatment could be right for your hair loss, reach out to talk to the NW Dermatology Institute today.