Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, therapy is a new, advanced hair growth technique that can be effectively applied to hair restoration. This method uses PRP, which is derived from the patient’s blood (by separating it into the blood cells and plasma), to jumpstart the body’s hair follicles to produce and grow hair faster and thicker. This is possible because the plasma contains platelets that are rich in growth factors. These substances are naturally responsible for the skin’s turnover rate and production of things like collagen and elastin. In this case, growth factors can return hair follicles to their normal production rate.
PRP Hair Restoration can be an excellent alternative to follicle transplant techniques, which can be invasive and require the use of foreign substances. Because PRP therapy uses the patient’s own blood, there’s little risk of reaction or irritation. Candidates that benefit most from PRP techniques are those that are beginning to show signs of early hair loss on the top of the head. Patients should also be in good health and avoid certain medications before treatment, which can be discussed during their consultation with Dr. Kayastha.
To begin, both the donor site and the treatment area are prepared for the procedure, and a blood sample is taken from the patient. The amount needed can depend on the size of the treatment area, which will be determined by the aesthetician. The vials are then placed within a centrifuge which quickly spins them so that the blood cells are separated from the platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected at regular intervals into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles in order for the PRP to best reach them. Depending on how large the treatment area is, this procedure can take around thirty minutes.
How long does it take for hair to grow after PRP?
PRP takes time to produce new hair growth. In general, you can expect to see new growth within one to three months, with the best results at four months and beyond.
What should I avoid after PRP?
You should avoid irritating your injection sites for the first few days after your procedure. Dr. Kayastha will provide instructions on how and when to wash your hair, as well as when to return to your regular exercise schedule.
How long do PRP results last?
Your results from a full PRP treatment package can last for around one year, after which you can return for touch-up treatments as needed.
Will PRP thicken my hair?
PRP works best on the beginning signs of hair loss like thinning. With treatment, PRP can stimulate new growth, leading to the appearance of thicker, more luscious hair.
How often can I do PRP for hair growth?
Most patients return for touch-up treatments once per year, although this can be sooner depending on your goals and growth rate.
Which is better, PRP treatments or hair transplants?
Many patients prefer PRP because it’s less invasive. However, hair transplants can be more effective for certain types of hair loss. Dr. Kayastha can recommend the best option for you during your consultation.
How many PRP treatments are needed?
This depends on your rate of hair loss. For more extensive loss, you may need three treatments spaced a couple months apart. For some patients, one treatment per year is enough to maintain results.
Is PRP for hair growth better than Rogaine?
PRP can be more effective than Rogaine with continued treatment. However, many patients benefit from using both methods to maintain their results.
Does PRP for hair growth hurt?
PRP is well-tolerated by most patients since it only requires some injections. If you’re worried about discomfort, we can supply a topical anesthetic.
How soon can I wash my hair after PRP?
You should avoid washing your hair for about 48 hours after treatment. Dr. Kayastha will make sure you have aftercare steps to follow for the best results.
PRP Hair Restoration therapy works best as a series of treatments, usually spaced a couple of months apart, although Dr. Kayastha can recommend the best treatment plan for your intended results. In general, most patients see results after their second treatment or later, due to the nature of hair growth cycles. Patients usually experience some hair shedding before this, which usually indicates that the hair replacing it will be thicker and longer. During your consultation, Dr. Kayastha can give you the best idea of what to expect during your recovery and further treatments.
To begin your PRP Hair Restoration Therapy treatment plan, contact our office by calling 518-674-9060 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kayastha and our expert aestheticians.