Hair loss is a major concern for many men and women, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, or from styling practices and/or products. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat the condition. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an emerging nonsurgical treatment for men and women that is showing remarkable results in slowing down, stopping, and even reversing hair loss. PRP has also shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. Forever Slender MedSpa is one of only of a small handful of hair restoration surgeons to offer this innovative therapy in Wayland, MA. By combining a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, we can help strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
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Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head. In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head. Patients with areas of "weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with still functioning hair follicles usually have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
A minimally invasive procedure, the PRP therapy is a short 60-minute in-office visit. The process begins with acquiring a small amount of your blood and placing it in a special machine, which spins the blood at high speed to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. Next, a local anesthetic is applied to your scalp and the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is reintroduced into areas of your scalp that are thinning or bald. Finally, microneedling is performed on the scalp to create micro-trauma and micro-channels into the skin, which activates the PRP and allows it to penetrate deep into the skin. Our protocol for nonsurgical management of hair loss consists of an initial treatment and maintenance treatments approximately every nine months to one year.
What to Expect
There is no downtime following this procedure, with virtually no limitations or restrictions. If anything, patients may develop some redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms may last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, cosmetic results are typically seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and will continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. As PRP is not a permanent solution for hair loss, repeat treatments are recommended every 12 – 18 months. It is important to note that PRP does not grow new hair follicles in areas where you are already bald. It is used to help reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy for hair cost?
The cost of your PRP therapy treatment will depend on many how many treatments you will be receiving among other factors. During your consultation, a member of the Forever Slender MedSpa team will create a customized PRP treatment plan to meet your aesthetic goals. Then, we can discuss the cost of your PRP therapy or combined aesthetic treatment plan. Ask our staff about any potential specials as well as payment methods Forever Slender MedSpa accepts.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
Many patients combine PRP therapy with other aesthetic procedures, such as microneedling. A member of our team will assess your scalp and level of hair loss before creating your custom treatment plan to ensure you attain your goals. We can also discuss recommendations for treatments that may slow your hair loss.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
Our team recommends patients schedule at least three PRP treatments one month apart to achieve the best possible results. Your specific PRP therapy treatment plan will be created according to your degree of hair loss as well as your goals.
How effective is PRP therapy at treating hair loss?
The results of your PRP therapy will depend on the severity of your hair loss and how many treatments you receive, among other things. You will need to be patient, as it takes time for new hair growth to become visible after the PRP therapy. You may need to continue to receive PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss.
Are the PRP injections painful?
While the serum is being prepared, a numbing serum will be applied to your scalp to keep you comfortable during the PRP injections. This should minimize your discomfort during the procedure, but you should alert our team if you have any concerns or pain. Your scalp may remain numb or tingle for a while after your PRP injections, but this is temporary and normal sensation should return shortly.
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PRP therapy is a medically and scientifically backed option for those struggling to find hair loss solutions. At Forever Slender MedSpa, we strive to provide proven solutions to efficiently treat thinning hair. To learn more about PRP therapy, we invite you to call our Wayland, MA office today.