In PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection therapy, blood with significant amounts of platelets that have growth factors is injected into the site of injury in an attempt to quicken the pace of the body’s healing and regeneration in the area. This is performed because the activation of blood platelets plays a vital role in the healing process of wounds and soft tissue.
In the past, PRP injections have been used primarily on a variety of musculoskeletal issues, as well as on injuries to the joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. However, as early as the 1990s, professionals in the field of cosmetic surgery saw the potential benefits of using PRP injections in procedures completed in areas on and adjacent to the face.
Currently, cosmetic surgeons and their practices use PRP therapy in an effort to curtail hair loss and promote hair restoration. Read on to learn more about this quick and easy procedure that often has wonderful results!
To begin, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient, then is sent through a centrifuge so that only cells that qualify as platelet-rich remain. Then, using a thin needle, the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma is injected into their scalp, where the beneficial growth factors contained in the blood cells go to work on restoring hair growth. PRP for hair loss is suitable for both male and female patients, unlike most hair replacement or hair transplant procedures, which work better on male patients with male-pattern baldness rather than female patients with thinning hair all over their scalp.
Because PRP for hair loss uses the patient’s own blood, there are very rarely any complications that arise from the procedure, and the injection is guaranteed to be compatible with the patient’s blood. It is a simple procedure that does not require any surgery, lasting around an hour to an hour and a half if a patient receives multiple injections. The results are safe, generally reliable, and above all, natural-looking, with a very short period of recovery.
A word of caution: it’s very common for patients to require multiple sessions of PRP hair treatment in order to see the fuller, healthier hair that they desire, sometimes in conjunction with hair transplant procedures, so it’s best to go into the procedure with realistic expectations.
At Laser Lipo and Veins, we pride ourselves on being as transparent and straightforward about our practices as possible, keeping our patients thoroughly informed of every aspect of the cosmetic procedures that we perform and providing careful medical consultations that evaluate whether our procedures will be able to assist you in addressing any areas of concern.