Regenerative medicine has made significant strides in the medical field, including the use of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. There are many biological factors inside the body that can be used to help stimulate repair of tissue, especially when concentrated and delivered directly to the area needed. PRP injections have been used for decades for wound repair, but it also has benefits for cosmetic purposes, including hair restoration.
How Is PRP Made?
PRP is derived from the patient’s blood, which is one of the reasons it is among the safest options for hair restoration. A small sample of blood is taken and sent through a device called a centrifuge. The centrifuge filters the different components of the blood and separates them. A concentrated number of platelets are removed from the blood, purified and then placed in a sterile syringe to be used in the treatment. Since the PRP comes from the patient’s blood, there is no risk of an adverse reaction or side effects.
PRP and Hair Restoration
At Pasadena Hair Transplant, we use PRP injections for both hair transplant procedures and non-surgical hair restoration. PRP injections deliver platelets directly to hair follicles that may no longer perform as needed. The release of growth factors can help repair damaged follicles and stimulate new growth of hair. For patient’s who are undergoing hair transplant surgery, the addition of PRP can help the new follicles flourish once they are transplanted to the new area of skin.
PRP injections are usually performed in a series for both non-surgical hair restoration and after a hair transplant procedure, usually with injections performed once a month for up to four months or more. The treatments can help existing hair follicles grow at faster rates and improve the results from the transplant follicles. PRP treatments require time to harvest and filter the blood, but the procedure is not painful and there is no need for downtime after the treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about PRP injections for hair restoration, contact us at Pasadena Hair Transplant. We offer the latest options in hair restoration at our facility in Pasadena, CA.