Hair loss is a major concern for many adults, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, or from styling practices and/or products. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat the condition. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a premier nonsurgical treatment for men and women that is showing remarkable results in slowing down, stopping, and even reversing hair loss. PRP has also shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. Sorensen Cosmetic Surgery Center is one of only of a small handful of Boise, ID practice to perform this innovative therapy. By combining a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, this treatment can help to strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
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Any person experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that commonly occurs along the top of the head. In women, this can sometimes look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head. Patients with areas of "weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with still functioning hair follicles usually have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
A minimally invasive procedure, PRP therapy is a short 60-minute in-office visit. The process begins with acquiring a small amount of your blood and placing it in a special machine, which spins the blood at high speed to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. Next, a local anesthetic is applied to your scalp and the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is reintroduced into areas of your scalp that are thinning or bald. Finally, microneedling is performed on the scalp to create micro-trauma and micro-channels into the skin, which activates the PRP and allows it to penetrate deep into the skin. Our protocol for nonsurgical management of hair loss consists of an initial treatment and maintenance treatments approximately every nine months to one year.
What to Expect
There is no downtime following this procedure with virtually no limitations or restrictions. If anything, patients may develop some redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms may last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, cosmetic results are most often seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and will continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. As PRP is not a permanent solution for hair loss, repeat treatments are recommended every 12 – 18 months. It is necessary to note that PRP does not grow new hair follicles in areas where you are already bald. It is used to help reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy for hair cost?
PRP therapy for the scalp and hair will vary based on how many ongoing treatments are needed. In addition, the number of injections will also vary the cost. During your consultation, we will create your PRP treatment plan to maximize your results. Then, the cost of your PRP therapy will be explained.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
Many patients combine other hair loss treatments with PRP therapy, including prescribed topical ointments that can be applied at home, as well as microneedling. Sometimes, a blended effort helps to optimize the results for patients. We will assess your scalp and level of hair loss before creating your custom PRP therapy treatment plan. Your plan may consist of PRP therapy in our office, as well as other therapies that can be applied at home.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
For hair thinning, most of our Boise, ID patients need about three PRP treatments performed one month apart to see results. This will depend on the degree of hair loss, the progression of hair loss, and your overall goals.
How effective is PRP therapy at treating hair loss?
Similar to other injections, you may need to continue to get PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss. PRP therapy for the hair is a slower rejuvenation process that takes time to see results. The outcomes of your treatment will depend on many factors, such as the severity of your hair loss, how many treatments you get, and other factors.
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PRP therapy for hair rejuvenation is a medically and scientifically backed option for those struggling to find hair thinning solutions. At Sorensen Cosmetic Surgery Center, we strive to provide proven solutions to efficiently treat thinning hair. To learn more about PRP therapy for the hair, we invite you to call our Boise, ID office today.