A common issue that many men and women face as they get older is hair loss. Pattern baldness and thinning hair affect millions each year, often causing a person to appear years older than he or she is and resulting in lower levels of self-confidence. At the Advanced Dermatology & Laser Institute of Seattle, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) can be used to restore a fuller, younger-looking head of hair without invasive surgery or the discomfort of other methods.
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
Our blood is made up of two main components – red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors. PRP therapy for hair restoration involves withdrawing a patient’s blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (PRP) remain, and injecting it into the scalp.
How is PRP Hair Restoration Performed?
Your PRP hair restoration treatment will be performed onsite at our Seattle practice by Dr. Greene. This is an incision-free procedure that does not require any general anesthesia. Prior to the day of your treatment, you will have a private consultation with Dr. Greene to discuss your goals and concerns. He will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan specifically for your unique case.
Here’s how the PRP hair restoration process works. First, a bit of your blood will be drawn and placed into a centrifuge. This process works to concentrate the plasma within the blood, which is a rich source of platelets and growth factors linked to the stem cells around the base of the hair follicles. These cells are what determine whether the hair is in a growth or rest phase. Once separated, Dr. Greene will inject the PRP into the specific areas of your scalp, stimulating the growth phase of the surrounding hair follicles.
Does PRP Hair Restoration Hurt?
We have developed a more comfortable hair restoration treatment for our patients. During your treatment, Dr. Greene will use an advanced numbing technique that creates a ring nerve block all around the scalp. This creates a comfortable region in the area where your PRP injections are administered. Unlike previous methods of hair restoration, this treatment does not require any painful incisions or grafting of the follicles.
When Will I Notice Results?
Dr. Greene recommends a series of three PRP hair restoration treatments for optimal results, with each session about a month apart. You will begin to notice results just one month after your first treatment session.