PRP Treatment for Hair GrowthSchaumburg, IL
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a non-surgical procedure that can help your body heal and stimulate hair growth. PRP is injected into the scalp to reduce inflammation that can cause hair loss. Patients can receive this approach in conjunction with other hair loss procedures or medications to help reach their hair goals.
If you are experiencing hair loss, PRP therapy may be able to help restore your hair growth. PRP treatment is available at Dillon Hair Restoration in Schaumburg and the surrounding area. Call us at 847-241-2132 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Understanding PRP Treatment
PRP treatment is a popular restorative procedure for patients with hair loss from androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male pattern baldness, is a common condition that causes the hair follicles to shrink. During PRP treatment, we will draw blood from the patient’s arm, then place the blood sample in a centrifuge to separate the blood components. After, we will use a syringe to extract the platelets and inject them into specific areas of the scalp.
The researchers behind PRP treatment theorized that injecting concentrated platelets into damaged body areas could accelerate healing. Injecting areas of tissue damage or inflammation with a high concentration of platelets can encourage healing. PRP contains various growth factors and proteins that aid in repairing tissue quickly. Patients with hair loss may benefit from PRP treatment to reverse the process that causes hair follicles to shrink.
PRP Treatment Candidacy
PRP treatment may be more effective for patients with recent hair loss as it can be more challenging to revive long-dormant hair follicles. Good PRP treatment candidates will have “weak quality” hair growth areas where active hair follicles remain. Completely bald patients may not experience PRP treatment’s full benefits since it is unlikely that all the hair will grow back.
The effectiveness of PRP treatment depends mostly on the health of the patient. For this reason, people diagnosed with conditions like lupus, thyroid disease, or other underlying disorders are less likely to experience treatment success as such conditions will cause hair loss to continue. For the best treatment results, patients should be in good health without skin issues, blood and liver disorders, or diabetes. Taking certain medications like blood thinners can also affect one’s ability to have PRP treatment.
While PRP therapy is a relatively new approach to hair loss, scientific evidence suggests PRP treatment can help hair growth. A 2019 systematic review examined the results from 19 different studies that researched hair loss treatment using PRP. The review found that most PRP treatments led to hair regrowth in patients with androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
There is evidence to support that PRP is an effective treatment for hair loss, but it is important to note that the effects can vary. According to a 2014 study, while PRP has sufficient theoretical scientific basis to support its use in hair restoration, this treatment is still in its infancy. Without a standardized injection protocol, it can be difficult to definitively conclude this treatment’s effectiveness as researchers use different preparations, session intervals, and injection techniques.
How long does it last
PRP treatment does not treat the underlying conditions that cause hair loss. Therefore, patients may need to receive more than one PRP treatment over time to maintain their results. It will usually take a few visits during the first round of treatment for patients to see results.
Our recommendation for how often patients should receive follow-up treatments will vary on their condition and their first treatment results. Once a patient’s hair loss is under control, it is common for patients to have maintenance injections done every three to six months.
PRP Treatment Aftercare
Patients may experience pain in the treatment site for the next 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Typically, bruising and swelling will be present for the next three to seven days. Over-the-counter pain medication can help minimize pain and discomfort. However, patients should not use any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen.
The PRP site should be kept clean and dry. Although patients can shower, they will need to change the bandage if it gets wet. Patients should also leave bandages on for 12 to 24 hours after the procedure. PRP therapy causes swelling to help patients heal, so it is also important not to use ice on the PRP site to reduce swelling.
Call Us Today
If you are experiencing hair loss, PRP treatment may be a solution to regrow or preserve the hair that you have. Our team at Dillon Hair Restoration can help. Call us at 847-241-2132 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for PRP treatment?
Patients should stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication for one week before PRP treatment and three days after. It is also important for patients to keep their hair and scalp clean, but not to use any products the day before the procedure. Avoid smoking and do not dye hair for three days before treatment. Any of these actions can impact PRP treatment results and the healing process afterward.
How does PRP treatment feel?
PRP treatments are not typically painful. However, this will vary for each patient and the area they receive injections. Local anesthetics numb the treatment site to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Are there any side effects to PRP treatment?
Since PRP treatment involves injecting patients with their own platelets, there is minimal risk of an adverse reaction to the solution itself. There is no risk of disease transmission or risk of rejection. However, some potential side effects are associated with the injection, including infection, nerve injury, pain, and calcification or scar tissue.
When can I return to my normal activities?
We will advise patients on which activities they can or cannot do after treatment. Since PRP treatment is a minimally invasive procedure, patients can continue most of their normal activities after receiving the injections. However, patients should avoid vigorous exercise and sun and heat exposure for the next two days after treatment.
What is the duration of PRP treatment?
The entire procedure typically takes about one to two hours. This length of time includes the process of blood extraction, platelet extraction, and injection. Patients may also have to remain under observation for a few minutes immediately following the procedure.
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