We have talked a lot about how Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections can help a person recover from degenerative conditions or injuries that cause pain. But PRP can also be used for cosmetic purposes such as anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and hair restoration. This article focuses on the latter – hair restoration. We are going to discuss how PRP works to restore hair, and who is a good candidate for this restorative treatment.
How PRP works to Restore Hair
Read more about the general concept behind platelet-rich plasma injections here.
PRP for hair restoration works in a similar way to PRP for pain relief. A sample of the patient’s blood is extracted and run through a centrifuge. The blood separates into platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and dense red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is isolated and then injected back into the patient’s body. These stem cells begin repairing damaged or lost tissue in the injected region. In the case of a torn ACL, these platelets rejuvenate the torn ligaments and reduce pain. With hair restoration, the blood platelets work to regrow hair follicles.
Here is a brief outline of the procedure:
- The clinician takes a small sample of your blood.
- The blood is processed and stem-cell concentrated plasma separated.
- The patient is given a local anesthetic to the scalp to block pain.
- Then the PRP is injected into the patient’s scalp.
The whole procedure typically takes less than an hour.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
Not every patient is a good fit for PRP hair restoration. Patients who suffer from blood diseases or rely on anti-platelet medications are typically not good candidates. Chronic skin cancer, liver disease, and sepsis can also be indicators of a bad fit. Every patient’s situation is different, and a qualified PRP professional can guide you toward the right treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about how PRP can help restore your hairline, contact the regenerative medicine experts at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota.