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What is PRP hair restoration therapy?
PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is an exciting new non-surgical therapeutic option for men and women who require stimulation of hair growth. It is a state of the art, non- surgical, totally natural, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair thinning due to androgenic alopecia (common baldness). The treatment involves withdrawing a sample of the patient’s own blood, processing it so only the PRP growth factors remain, and injecting it into the scalp to stimulate natural hair growth. Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
What is involved in the treatment?
The doctor takes a little blood which is then prepared in a centrifuge so that only the enriched cells or platelets (PRP) remain. Topical anesthetic is used to numb the scalp to be treated. The PRP, including essential growth proteins is injected into the scalp or areas to be treated using a special micro needle. The entire procedure takes approximately 45 minutes. 3 sessions are required, each 2 months apart. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 6 months or one year as needed. In addition to the PRP therapy it is recommended to use Minoxidil and DHT blockers. It is possible to use PRP hair restoration therapy alone to promote hair growth or it can also be used in combination with hair transplant or restoration surgery.
Does it really work?
PRP is a potential emerging non-surgical based therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for thinning hair. Larger clinical studies are pending but the current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. One recent study of 100 patients undergoing PRP hair restoration showed an increase in hair density of 30% at 3 months following treatment. The life cycle of a hair follicle can last from 2-8 years and has 4 stages: anagen (growth phase), catagen (regression phase), telogen (resting phase), and exogen (shedding phase). New hair only grows in the anagen phase so it may take a few months to see new hair growth after your PRP treatment.
What does it cost?
PRP hair restoration therapy varies from approximately $750 per treatment for smaller balding areas like the vertex of the scalp, temple areas, or frontal hairline, to $1500 for a full scalp treatment. For more information on PRP hair restoration therapy contact Dr. Guy Cappuccino in Mt. Airy at 301-829-4110 or visit www.DrCappuccino.com