Hair loss can be very disappointing for both men and women leading to a decrease in self confidence. Hair loss in women is often overlooked as it is diffuse, leading to thinning of hair over most of the female scalp. This diffuse thinning of hair occurs in many women with the natural aging process. However, both men and women can now have thicker, healthier hair with platelet rich plasma derived from their own blood.
With many people searching for a hair loss cure and for ways to stimulate hair growth, Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a simple non-surgical option to treat hair loss, especially in the early stages before one has literally become bald. For complete baldness, a hair transplant or hair piece is the most effective option. However, for everyone else, PRP can stop the hair loss and result in 30% more hair growth, with new hair shafts as well as thicker hair.
Benefits of hcPRP for the Scalp
- Non surgical improvement in hair loss
- No downtime
- Virtually risk free
- A non-invasive method of hair regrowth
- Can be combined with minoxidil and/or finasteride if desired
HOW THIS METHOD OF HAIR REGROWTH WORKS
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used for decades in various medical disciplines such as sports medicine, orthopedics, oral surgery, and neurosurgery to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Now there are over 20 studies in the medical literature demonstrating PRP effectiveness in stopping hair loss and improving scalp hair caliber and density. It is especially useful to combat thinning hair before it becomes complete baldness.
PRP is extracted from the patient’s own blood – there is virtually no risk of any allergic reactions or side effects. Medical research has discovered seven growth factors contained in platelets that are thought to help stimulate hair growth, and there are likely many more factors to be identified that rejuvenate the scalp tissues. Additionally, PRP extraction techniques have improved recently, leading to higher numbers of quality viable platelets. We utilize the latest systems that produce the most platelets and growth factors. All PRP techniques are not the same or equivalent. It is especially useful to combat thinning hair before it becomes complete baldness.
What to expect
Upon arrival for your appointment, a registered nurse will take 20 to 25 cc of your blood from a vein in your arm. This part of the procedure is similar to giving a blood test at a lab. Your blood contains the platelets, growth factors, and certain white blood cells that will be concentrated by us to inject into your scalp. We use very tiny needles, and most patients do not even ask for any local anaesthetic. However, we have various comfort measures available to make the entire process virtually pain free. At Vancouver Laser, never let the fear of pain dissuade you from having any procedure! Your own platelets and growth factors are injected 3 mm deep into your scalp with several injections depending on your hair loss pattern. The entire process will take about 30-40 minutes. The PRP will stimulate inactive hair follicles to enter the active growth phase.
We recommend avoiding Aspirin (ASA) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) prior to treatment and for one week post treatment as these drugs interfere with platelet function.
The first thing that you should notice after hcPRP for the scalp is that your hair loss should virtually cease. Then over a period of weeks, you should notice hair regrowth and see thicker hair on your head. Medical studies have shown about 30% more hair growth, with generally more hair growth in women than men. PRP can be combined with other hair loss measures, such as LED, low level laser, other topical treatments, minoxidil, or finasteride.
PRP is an effective treatment option for young men with early hair loss that are not candidates for hair transplantation because the extent of their potential baldness has not been established yet. The back of the head has a limited number of hairs available for transplantation, and until the full pattern of hair loss is established, it would be prudent to wait for a hair transplant. If PRP can slow the hair loss process down, and even result in new hair growth, the young adult male can defer hair transplant surgery. Perhaps even avoid it!
In women, hair loss is mostly diffuse leading to thinning of hair all over the head. This large area is difficult to transplant, again due to limited donor hair from the back of the head. Some women have patchy hair loss along long hair part areas. Both of these female patterns of hair loss are very amenable to PRP scalp injections. What woman doesn’t desire thicker, healthier hair?
This is a list of the some of the specific growth factors within PRP that result in hair growth:
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes growth of matrix between cells
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes blood vessel formation
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
- Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF) — a regulator of normal cell physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
The PRP Scalp protocol is three treatments at monthly intervals. Then assess hair growth. One can do more monthly sessions as desired, but most people will repeat the treatments at 6-12 month intervals. Theoretically, depending on results, there is no problem performing as many PRP scalp sessions at monthly intervals as desired.
Post treatment care
- Resume normal activities immediately post treatment
- You may use any hair supplement or oral treatment for hair loss that you desire