PRP Therapy for Hair Loss
As many as 50 million men and 30 million women in North America may be affected by hair thinning and loss. This common condition can be caused by stress, hormonal imbalance, certain types of medication, diseases, genetics, and other factors. But even though hair loss is common, the psychological effects of the disorder can be significant, and many individuals experience reduced self-esteem due to this problem. Fortunately, non-surgical options are available. One innovative, minimally invasive approach uses your own blood to stimulate hair growth and restore your hair. PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy can be used to help regrow hair and to make it thicker and healthier. Our skilled team offers this treatment at our state-of-the-art practices in Vancouver.
How Does PRP Therapy Stimulate Hair Growth?
Platelet-Rich-Plasma derives from your own blood. The fluid is lightly processed to create a formula that is up to three times more densely filled with platelets. PRP therapy can be used for many purposes, and this technique has been utilized in medical care for decades to aid in wound healing and tissue regeneration. The plasma used in PRP therapy contains mesenchymal cells, which have growth factors and stem cells that can help hair follicles begin to produce again. We routinely use PRP therapy in conjunction with microneedling to combine the regenerative effects of both techniques. Our medical team will provide additional information during your initial consultation.
We often recommend one treatment per month for three months initially, with occasional maintenance sessions thereafter to optimize hair growth. This program may vary based on your individual needs and desired outcome.
What Are the Pros of PRP Therapy for Hair Growth?
PRP therapy can help stimulate hair growth and boost your confidence. Other benefits of this treatment include:
- Non-surgical procedure
- Little to no downtime
- Natural-looking results
- Brief treatments, depending on your needs
- Suitable for men and women, as well as all hair types
- No linear scar like hair transplantation
- Virtually no risk of allergic reaction
- Improved hair quality, thickness, and health
Does Treatment Hurt?
PRP therapy for hair loss is a non-surgical procedure. The first step will be taking a small amount of blood from your arm. The blood will then be spun to separate the different components and to collect the platelet-rich-plasma. The plasma will be lightly processed to maintain the highest quality. This substance will then be administered via injection into the affected area of the scalp, or microneedling will be performed followed by the application of the PRP substance. We will utilize a topical anesthetic, as needed, to diminish your discomfort, and most patients report little to no pain.
What Is Recovery Like?
You should be able to return home and to your typical schedule immediately after treatment. Once your procedure is complete, you are welcome to continue with your day. Minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area is normal, and these effects should fade within a few days. If you would like, you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever until the sensation passes.