Thinning hair can leave you looking older than your age -- and embarrassed about your appearance. Men and women can begin losing hair as early as their teens or early twenties depending on genetics and various environmental factors.
Hair restoration with PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma, is a revolutionary treatment for balding or thinning hair that uses your body’s own natural growth factors and healing compounds. The resulting procedure is a non-surgical method for inspiring hair growth in dormant follicles. This regenerative treatment can produce a dramatic improvement in the thickness and strength of your existing hair, and stimulate inactive follicles to once again produce hair.
Best Candidates for PRP Hair Restoration
The minimally-invasive nature of PRP hair restoration makes it a versatile treatment for hair loss that most men and women can benefit from. Ideal candidates for this regenerative treatment for hair loss include those who are:
- In the early stages of hair loss and notice a generally thinning of their hair
- Genetically predisposed to hair loss
- Experiencing patchy hair loss, possibly as a result of alopecia areata
- Unhappy with the quality or amount of hair they are currently growing
- Dissatisfied with other hair restoration methods they’ve tried
- Uncomfortable with the idea of undergoing surgery
PRP hair restoration usually works more quickly on those who still have active follicles. However, it can be effective for people who have inactive follicles or more developed hair loss, but you may require more treatments to get results.
How it Works – The Science Behind PRP
Platelet-rich plasma is developed using your body’s own natural healing compounds and growth hormones. PRP is derived from a small sample of your blood that is placed in a centrifuge to separate the growth factors from the other substances in the blood. This effectively concentrates the beneficial compounds for use during your hair restoration treatment.
PRP has been increasing in popularity, and has a wide variety of medical and cosmetic applications. It can be used for everything from skin revitalization to joint therapy in injured athletes. The growth factors in PRP encourage cell regeneration, which can restore inactive or weak follicles into an active growth phase when used for hair restoration.
Benefits of PRP Hair Restoration
Perhaps the biggest benefit of PRP hair restoration is the use of your body’s own growth factors. Rejection of the treatment is extremely unlikely since your body will always accept its own cells. Other benefits include:
- Non-surgical treatment that is usually completed in one hour
- Reduce or eliminate the need for topical creams or other daily treatments
- Little to no pain or downtime associated with PRP treatments
- A very natural appearance because growth is restored to existing follicles, instead of implanting follicles in thinning or balding areas
Lastly, PRP hair restoration can be combined with other hair loss treatments to achieve better results. Those who experience more advanced stages of hair loss may benefit from pairing the PRP hair restoration with a medication or cream, like minoxidil.
About the Procedure
Your procedure will begin with creating the PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. Your blood will be spun in a centrifuge for about fifteen minutes, and the resulting concentration of natural growth factors will be prepared for injection.
The PRP is injected into the predetermined areas of your scalp where hair growth is desired. The injections are quick and usually well-tolerated by patients. The entire procedure typically takes one hour or less to complete, making it one of the quickest and easiest hair restoration procedures, with no incisions or sutures required.
Recovery & Expected Results After PRP Hair Restoration
You will likely be able to resume the vast majority of your daily activities right away. You should avoid harsh chemical dyes or other hair treatments for about 72 hours following the procedure. Normal washing and conditioning can even be performed a few hours after the procedure.
It typically takes three to six months to see results from your procedure. Over time, your new hair growth will integrate with the rest of your existing hair, and it will look and feel natural – because it is. You will be able to enjoy fuller hair that can take years off your appearance and give you a boost of self-confidence. Treatments are repeated as needed to stimulate natural hair growth.
PRP Hair Restoration in Ventura
Dr. Michael Morrissette is known as one of Ventura’s most sought-after facial cosmetic surgeons, but he also offers a wide variety of non-surgical treatments for face and body. PRP hair restoration is a popular non-invasive procedure that works to trigger natural hair growth and can significantly enhance your overall appearance. Dr. Morrissette uses this procedure to help men and women with thinning, balding, or patchy hair growth to help them restore thicker, stronger hair that is completely natural.
What causes hair loss?
What causes hair loss?
Men often lose hair in distinct patterns, known as male-patterned baldness. They tend to lose hair on either side of their forehead above the temples, on the crown of the head, or across the top. The pattern and age at which men begin to lose their hair is determined by genetics, but can also be impacted or accelerated by environmental factors.
Women typically lose hair more evenly across their whole head, as opposed to isolated patches of hair loss. Over time women may notice a general thinning of their hair, or the scalp becomes visible where they part their hair. Hair loss in women can also be attributed largely to genetics, but can be affected by nutrition, stress, illness, medications, certain hair styles, or other factors.
Who is not a good candidate for PRP hair restoration?
Although PRP is safe and effective for virtually all healthy adults, there are a few exceptions. People with certain conditions like blood or platelet disorders, liver disease, or other serious infections may not be good candidates for this treatment. Those who lose hair due to cancer treatments like chemotherapy should wait to have PRP hair restoration until after their cancer treatments have concluded.
Does PRP hair restoration hurt?
PRP hair treatment is easily tolerated, not particularly painful, and has little to no lasting side effects. Most patients can immediately resume their normal activities without a problem. You may decide to take the remainder of the day off work to rest, but it is not required, and you can resume work, exercise, and other activities as soon as you feel comfortable.
Your first step...
Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.Schedule a free consultation