Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) has long been used in sports medicine to treat damaged tendons as well as osteoarthritis. For the past several years, many a hair restoration surgeon has been using PRP for hair loss restoration in men and women. The procedure works best on patients that have miniaturized hair follicles, which leaves a very small (almost invisible) hair shaft where a normal size shaft once stood. Platelet rich plasma which is removed from the patient’s own blood, has many hormones and growth agents which can make tendons heal and arthritis feel better. Turns out it can also make miniature hair shafts grow anew in many cases.
At DiStefano Hair Loss Restoration Centers we have found that PRP works very well for women and men who have miniaturized hair follicles and will begin offering this treatment in October
With PRP, the hair restoration surgeon begins by drawing three or four vials of the patient’s own blood. The hair restoration surgeon then spins the blood in a centrifuge which separates it. Platelets rise to the middle and plasma rises to the top.
After numbing the patient’s scalp, the hair restoration surgeon mixes the platelets and plasma back together and injects it in the scalp, just below the skin where hair growth is needed. There is little to no pain associated with the procedure. Typically, the first signs of hair growth in the area can be observed in about two months.