Whether you’re a man who is coping with a receding hairline, or you’re a woman who is alarmed by thinning hair due to androgenic (hereditary) alopecia or other factors, hair loss is a disheartening problem. However, it doesn’t need to be inevitable.
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, the revolutionary solution of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can not only stem the tide but also actually trigger a reversal – and facilitate hair growth to replace those thinning patches. With PRP, the key to hair growth lies within your own body in the form of platelets.
Platelets are components of your blood that are best known for their work in halting bleeding when you sustain a wound, forming a scab to promote healing. Similarly, research shows that when platelets are extracted from a patient’s blood, concentrated, and injected into a damaged or hurting area of the body (including the scalp), this treatment accelerates natural healing and repair in the area.
This is what is known as PRP therapy, and it is helping countless men and women who have been suffering from alopecia to regain their hair – not to mention their self-esteem and their confidence as well. Let’s talk about how platelet-rich plasma works to help spark hair regrowth, and where you can go in Caldwell for this nonsurgical treatment to get your hair back.
Using PRP to Spur Hair Growth
The first step to restoring your lost hair is visiting a qualified physician who offers PRP injections. Before recommending PRP therapy to you, however, the doctor will gather your medical history, conduct a physical examination to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for PRP treatment, and discuss your hair restoration goals.
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure during which the doctor takes a sample of your blood from your arm, rapidly spins the sample in a centrifuge to separate the components from each other (including the plasma, red blood cells, and white blood cells), and extracts the platelets to form the concentrated solution. Dr Bleiweiss uses a unique double spin and photoactivation method that results in a more active PRP as compared to standard techniques. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected directly into targeted areas of the scalp where, over time, hair follicles in the affected area should begin to respond as the PRP helps regrow your hair.
The PRP therapy treatment process takes approximately one hour per session. Several treatment sessions may be recommended by your hair doctor to achieve the desired results. The physician may recommend maintenance injections in three- to six-month intervals.
What Can I Expect from PRP Therapy?
As for the effectiveness of PRP therapy, a recent systematic review of patients with androgenetic alopecia, as reported in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, found that PRP therapy reduced hair loss and increased the thickness and length of subsequent hair growth.
Other clinical studies published in the journals Dermatologic Surgery and International Journal of Women’s Dermatology concluded that PRP treatments led to hair growth in patients diagnosed with androgenetic hair loss and alopecia areata. Everyone’s body is different, and your hair-restoration doctor will discuss your most viable options with you.
PRP Injections for Hair Growth in Caldwell, New Jersey
Our own Dr. Warren Bleiweiss routinely uses photo-activated PRP injections to treat hair loss, address injuries and promote healing. Dr Bleiweiss at Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, successfully applies the PRP technique to treat hair follicles, herniated discs, and joint injuries, all with remarkable results.
Photo-activated PRP, a unique and powerful regenerative medical treatment, is even more potent – and less inflammatory – than standard PRP. It involves activating your platelets with three different wavelengths of light. When these activated platelets and growth factors are injected into your scalp, they promote healing and initiate hair growth.
PRP has many applications in addition to hair restoration. It can be used alone or in combination with other regenerative medicine services, such as stem cells and ozone treatments, to enhance effectiveness. If you are interested in learning more about PRP injections, call our practice today at (973) 403-3334 or use our secure online appointment request form. We also offer telemedicine appointments for your convenience. We look forward to seeing you!