PRP for Hair Restoration
Conveniently located to serve Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara
What is PRP for HAIR RESTORATION?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an all-natural product that has been used in orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for the last twenty years. It has been found to have remarkable properties with regards to improving soft tissue healing. Platelets act as the first line of defense against injury- releasing growth factors and modulators that start the healing cascade. Our Santa Barbara Dermatology Center proudly utilizes PRP to help our patients address their cosmetic concerns.
Recently studies have shown that with male pattern baldness, treatment with PRP may increase hair shaft thickness and density. While it may not give you the hair coverage of your twenties, when used with current therapies such as Minoxidil or Propecia, PRP for hair restoration can make a very nice difference in your overall appearance.
How long does PRP for HAIR RESTORATION usually take to perform?
This procedure is done in office and takes 1 hour. Best results are seen when patients complete a minimum of three treatments, 4 weeks apart.
How do you perform PRP for HAIR RESTORATION?
The procedure itself is simple. It involves one or two vials of blood drawn from the patient, platelets and plasma are then separated with a centrifuge using the Eclipse system. This system concentrates the platelets 2.5x the normal resting blood levels. Your scalp is numbed with a combination of topical anesthetic and nerve blocks. Next, the harvested PRP is injected into the scalp. Occasionally, Dr. Park will use the injections combined with micro needling to further stimulate hair regrowth. This procedure takes under one hour and is done with only local and topical anesthesia. Typically it takes several months before best results are seen. Treatments range from 1- 5 sessions, spaced out over four to six week intervals.
Who is a good candidate for PRP for HAIR RESTORATION?
PRP is a natural component of your body, thus there are relatively few reasons why one would not be a candidate for treatment. Patients who are not good candidates for PRP are those with platelet disorders or who are on medications that inhibit platelet function. Other bleeding issues, liver problems such as cirrhosis, or acute / chronic infections may also be a contraindication for treatment. Discuss any concerns you have or medical problems during your initial consultation. Women typically have different causes of hair loss than men. Realistic expectations for the procedure will be reviewed during the initial consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for PRP.
What are realistic expectations for a patient having PRP for HAIR RESTORATION?
Realistic expectations for the procedure will be reviewed during the initial consultation to determine whether you are a strong candidate for PRP.
How long does it take for a patient to recover from PRP for HAIR RESTORATION?
Most patients experience mild tingling or throbbing after numbing wears off. You may wash your hair immediately after the PRP for hair restoration procedure and return to work or normal activity.
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PRP for hair restoration has helped a lot of people reclaim fuller, more bountiful hair and the confidence that comes along with it. If you’re interested in learning more about the treatment in our Santa Barbara dermatology center, click here to request a consultation.