Platelet-Rich Plasma

If you’re a sport’s fan or like to indulge in the latest celebrity facials, chances are you’ve heard of PRP.

What do these two worlds have in common? Platelet-rich plasma is an incredible healing and rejuvenating medical treatment which first wowed doctors and surgeons over two decades ago. The most recent incarnation in NJ is PRP for hair loss. The power of natural healing and growth have been harnessed for hair, and the results are encouraging. If you’re considering whether this could be the ideal treatment for you, here are 5 things you need to know.

1. What Type of Treatment Is PRP for Hair Loss in NJ?

Platelet-rich plasma is an injectable, non-surgical and minimally invasive therapy used in sports rehab settings, arthritis treatment and now, as a hair restoration tool. It’s a stand-alone or complementary procedure which means patients can combine this therapy with a hair transplant, topical, or oral medications. It’s a flexible treatment- you can have as many sessions as you want- and there’s no downtime associated. It’s described as painless and fast. It’s 100% natural and drug-free.

2. How Is PRP Created And Used

The procedure is straightforward and quick for most people. Carried out in-office, a nurse or doctor will draw a small amount of blood from the arm ( similar to a lab blood draw) then spin the sample in a centrifuge which separates the blood into distinct layers. The platelet layer contains plasma and a concentration of platelets 3-5 times the usual number. The exact composition of each person’s personal formula willdepend on the practitioner and on their blood qualities. Platelets have numerous growth factors and cytokines which accomplish someuseful improvements for scalp and hair. They ease inflammation, help heal and restore blood vessels, trigger new hair cell growth and nourish the roots. The formula can be injected across the scalp in a pattern that covers the balding or thinning area. It’s believed that with platelet elements concentrated at the follicle level, molecular signals which trigger hair growth and awaken dormant hairs can do their work. The average hair growth cycle may be slowed or impaired due to genetic factors such as androgenic alopecia. It has been shown to combat this process and produce measurable density and growth where there are active follicles.

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3. What Preparation Is Required, And Is It Painful?

In NJ, hair loss PRP is gaining traction and becoming a more common sight in reputable hair transplant clinics. In the past, some people only heard of this therapy because of facial treatments nicknamed the “vampire facial.” Because it involves blood, the process may inspire some unpleasant thoughts or worry about discomfort, but there’s no need for concern. It is simple, safe and virtually painless. The scalp receives a strong topical numbing application which means the tiny needle injections aren’t felt. It is advised that patients avoid known blood thinners in the week before treatment and these involve alcohol consumption, Advil and Aspirin, blood thinning medications and some herbal supplements or vitamins. If you’re not sure whether something you take could pose a problem, be sure to ask your hair specialist. Patients often report a slight tingling sensation in the hourspost-treatment. They can return to work right away if they wish or any daily activities- there are no restrictions.

4. Who Is Not A Candidate?

Androgenetic Alopecia affects both men and women and this progressive, genetic hair thinning does respond well to the treatment. If you are completely bald in any area, it is unlikely that it will bring hair back there. However, where hair is thin, or growth has slowed, it responds very well. This treatment works best if started early as it appears to slow the progression of hair loss.
There have been some studies on various other types of hair shedding including traction alopecia. It has demonstrated thickening of individual hairs to combat the miniaturization that sometimes occurs with older patients and those who have hereditary hair loss. If you have a medical condition which delays or prevents healing, you may not be a good candidate. Inflammatory conditions of the scalp or autoimmune diseases will also have to be discussed with your doctor before proceeding.

5. How Long Will It Take To See Your Results?

Each individual patient requires a personal plan for treatment as everyone’s hair growth and loss is unique to them. Typically, the treatment is started with sessions spaced a month or two apart to ramp up growth and can then be tapered off. Some people will report seeing visible changes after only one meeting but keep in mind that patience is required to watch the hair progress through its natural growth cycles. You will see differences between the 3-6 month timeframe. After the desired improvements are underway, you can maintain hair fullness with just 1-2 sessions per year in most cases. If you’d like to learn more about this exciting therapy that has taken the scalpels, scars and medication out of hair restoration, we’d love to talk to you. Call Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic today.

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