PRP Hair Restoration in Houston TX
Are you Searching for a Natural Way to Restore Fullness in Your Hair?
Androgenic alopecia (or hair loss) is one of the major causes of hair loss in men and women. It is commonly know as male pattern hair loss and in women leads to thinning of hair throughout the scalp. There are many causes, but hormone imbalances tend to predominate.
Previous treatments included topical or oral medications or costly hair transplant surgery. One of the new therapies for hair loss includes platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy has been clinically shown to increase hair fullness, stimulate new hair growth, and prevent further hair loss. PRP therapy uses your own blood, which is carefully separated to isolate the PRP which contains powerful growth factors, which are then injected into the scalp promote hair growth. This simple and safe treatment can be done in the office under local anesthesia, and typically requires several sessions monthly to obtain results.
If you are interested in PRP hair restoration in Houston, League City, Clear Lake and surrounding areas, call today to schedule an appointment.
What is PRP?
PRP is platelet-rich plasma, a product that is present in the blood. Platelet-rich plasma is a nutrient-dense fluid that stimulates cellular regeneration. It has been widely used to stimulate hair growth, collagen in joints, and also the for skin rejuvenation. Platelets are robust cells that contain numerous growth factors, each of which is involved in certain cellular processes. Clinical studies have shown up to 29% increase in hair density, and 31% increase in shaft thickness. Platelet-rich plasma has a long history of medicinal use related to tissue healing and regeneration.
How does PRP work for hair restoration?
The primary purpose of PRP treatment for hair loss is to stimulate activity in the hair follicles. PRP stimulates the active phase of hair growth in hair follicles that have become inactive and also increases new hair growth. This occurs through the action of various growth factors.
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), which is involved in blood vessel growth, and cell regeneration.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), involved in the formation of new blood vessels.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) is also involved in blood vessel formation, as well as the generation of specialized cells that heal and rejuvenate.
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) is involved in bone metabolism in the body as well as matrix formation between cells.
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) stimulates collagen proliferation and cell growth as well as blood vessel formation.
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor – (IGF) provides necessary physiological regulation in nearly every cell.
Behind the scenes, PRP facilitates very sophisticated responses. On the surface, PRP can provide the results you’ve been seeking.
PRP Hair Restoration Treatment
There are two ways in which PRP may be introduced into the hair follicles of the scalp. One technique is to perform microneedling, which creates micro wounds to superficial tissue. PRP is then applied topically where it can penetrate the scalp through the induced injuries. Within a few minutes, the microchannels begin to heal, but not before stimulating nutrients can be absorbed.
An additional and popular technique for PRP hair restoration is to inject platelet-rich plasma into the scalp in the area where hair is thinning. Treatment is conducted with a topical anesthetic which numbs the superficial tissue on the head. After drawing blood, we process the vial in a centrifuge, a piece of equipment that spins the blood to separate platelets from red blood cells. Injections are then administered to the appropriate area of the scalp.
The introduction of platelet-rich plasma into the area of inactive hair follicles stimulates a regenerative process intended to activate dormant growth cycles. Most patients need a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.
Who is a good candidate for PRP Injections?
Healthy patients with hair thinning are considered excellent candidates. The best candidates still have some hair present. You will need to have a consultation first with our physician to confirm that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Hair loss conditions treatable include androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) or alopecia aerata (hair loss in patches). Patients with active scalp disorders from infection, cancer, lupus, psoriasis, or trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) are considered poor candidates. Patients pregnant or breastfeeding, with cancer or undergoing chemotherapy, history of keloids, anemia or other medical conditions are also considered poor candidates.
How long is the PRP injection for hair restoration treatment appointment?
The PRP treatment typically lasts under thirty minutes and is done in the office setting under a topical anesthetic. The treatment begins with a brief blood draw to collect the blood in a special tube that helps separate the PRP from the blood. Next your blood is placed in a centrifuge (machine that spins the blood), to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then placed in a syringe and injected carefully under the skin at multiple sites. It usually takes less than thirty minutes for the treatment and most patients tolerate the procedure well. The treatment is then repeated monthly until your achieve your hair restoration goals. Most patients require at least 3 to 4 treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens After the PRP Procedure?
In most cases, there is minimal downtime after PRP hair treatment. You will experience some mild to moderate swelling and minor discomfort after the injections. Changes will be noticeable after the first month, but may take up to six months to see final results. Because injections stimulate an inflammatory cascade through which tissue is repaired, patients are advised NOT to take any kind of anti-inflammatory medication to manage comfort. Our staff will discuss appropriate medications or strategies to minimize the discomfort that may occur after injections.
How long will it take to see results?
Consistency is crucial to obtain satisfactory results from PRP hair restoration. Treatments are typically scheduled monthly for a few months. Patients can expect to begin noticing improvement within two to three months. After the initial series of treatments, injections are repeated every three to six months depending on individual response and results.The initial effect that patients may notice after treatment is that they shed fewer hairs. Over time, they can expect to see an increase in thickness and length. The results are not permanent, and hair degradation will naturally occur. Most patients will require biyearly maintenance.
What Are the Advantages of This Procedure?
Platelet-rich plasma is an effective hair restoration treatment with several benefits. First, PRP is completely natural; it is harvested from the blood, so it has minimal side effects. Treatment is safe and convenient, and it works at increasing hair volume, thickness and decreasing future hair loss. PRP can be prescribed as the sole form of treatment or it may coincide with traditional therapies ranging from medications such as Minoxidil to hair restoration surgery. Red light therapy and vitamins may also be recommended to help stimulate hair growth.PRP treatment for hair loss may be appropriate for patients with androgenic alopecia at the crown and hairline. Women with alopecia and men and women with diffuse thinning may also achieve desirable results from appropriate PRP techniques.
What risks are associated with using PRP for hair restoration?
The risk of complications from PRP hair treatment is very low. Common side effects include minor discomfort at injection sites, itching, swelling, and dry scalp.Hair loss has long been perceived as a normal part of aging. It doesn’t have to be. PRP has demonstrated promising results for people who want to improve the volume and density of their hair. Learn more about PRP hair restoration treatment and what it can do for you. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
What is the cost for the PRP hair restoration?
The treatment price varies for each individual patient and Dr. Carpin will evaluate you in person and prescribe your planned treatment sessions to maximize your results. Most patients requires 3 treatments, separated one month apart.Please call our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Carpin.
What other treatments can I combine the PRP hair restoration?
How can I maximize my hair growth with PRP hair restoration?
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