PRP for Hair Loss - Overview
Blood will be drawn from your arm after cleaning the area. A much smaller needle is used, compared to when you give blood. The blood is then specially treated in specialized tubes (Dr. Berman feels the Eclipse has the best system and that is the one he purchased) and then the platelets are concentrated in the tubes. The plasma is then placed in much smaller syringes for injection into the scalp. The Eclipse system for harvesting your plasma is a single use, disposable system, so you never need to worry about cross contamination with someone else’s blood.
There is a minor discomfort but a very small needle is used. If you are worried you can take Tylenol 45 minutes before your appointment; however please avoid Aspirin for 1 week prior, as it is a blood thinner.
If you have absolutely no hair in the area at all (totally bald with no trace of any hair) it will not work.
You can wash your hair immediately since the injections are placed under the skin.
Dr. Berman suggests waiting 24 hours as working out may amplify any swelling.
Everyone should plan on 3 sessions, each spaced about a month apart. Some patients will want further sessions done at month 6 and month 12. Depending on the response, you can expect to request a treatment every 6-12 months.
Most patients will need 2-6 months before seeing a difference, so you need to be patient.
This is impossible to predict. If you think about it, someone who has a full head of hair and just one small area of thinning and no family history of hair loss is probably going to do much better than someone who has lost much of their hair at an early age. It would be unrealistic to expect someone with early significant hair loss in their 20's to have 3 sessions and to then retain a full hair of head until they were in their late 90's.
There is an OTC topical agent - Minoxidil that can be used, however, this often requires 6 months of use before seeing an improvement. It also has possible side effects including Tachycardia. There is also Finasteride (Propecia) which is a pill, however it will need to be continued indefinitely. You can ask your family Doctor for a prescription for Propecia but Dr. Berman prefers to avoid any prescription drugs in his treatment protocol. There is a suggestion that low intensity laser light may be beneficial.
We also offer a more holistic approach with a vitamin supplement which has various herbs and vitamins that may also be beneficial. There is a separate supplement for both men and women. (the supplement contains Biotin and many other ingredients).
Some people will opt for hair transplantation but that is a very expensive method that usually requires several sessions. Dr. Berman does not offer hair transplants.
If you’ve ever been to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's Office that specializes in cosmetics, you know that we really favor microneedling. It’s one of the most effective treatments for minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and promoting a youthful, radiant glow.
Want to know a secret that will better your treatment? If you add platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to microneedling, your results will be heightened and enhance your overall outcome!
Microneedling with PRP uses the power of your blood’s platelets to rejuvenate skin and revitalize cellular turnover. Platelets have the exclusive capability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which helps repair the following skin issues:
- Uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Dull, lifeless complexion
- Acne scars and more!
The platelets are separated from the blood using a special device; once the platelets have been cleaned, they are spead on top of the skin after the microneedling treatment. The small needles creates tiny skin punctures within the skin, which generate the production of collagen and elastin in order to heal the wounds.
When combining PRP with microneedling, you’ll be pleased with more striking results in less time – in fact, the results are so astonishing that the procedure is becoming one of the most popular skin treatments!
The appeal of PRP is its high concentration of growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, and epithelial growth factor. Because of the regenerative effects of these, there can be stimulation of your collagen and elastic fibers, as well these special growth factors, can make your skin much more youthful.