Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a new and exciting treatment option for managing ongoing hair loss. By providing a fresh source of nutrients to the balding scalp, PRP therapy can activate dormant follicles for a noticeable improvement in hair density. Dr. Jerry Cooley has been at the forefront of research for this rising hair restoration treatment method and is proud to offer PRP with ACell therapy to his patients at Carolina Hair Center.
The PRP Procedure
At the start of a PRP therapy appointment, blood is drawn from the patient. The blood is then centrifuged to separate the platelets from the blood cells, creating plasma that is highly concentrated in growth factors and nutrients. Once prepared with ACell and other ingredients, the PRP is delivered to the targeted balding areas of the scalp using a series of injections. The average PRP therapy appointment takes about two hours.
Following a PRP therapy appointment for hair restoration, patients can expect to experience very mild side effects. Minor swelling and redness in the scalp may be evident but will subside quickly. Because the treatment is minimally invasive and PRP is autologous, meaning taken from the patient’s own body, adverse side effects are nonexistent. Patients can return to work and other normal activities immediately following PRP therapy.
Manage Ongoing Hair Loss
When used as part of a comprehensive hair restoration treatment plan, PRP therapy can successfully minimize hair loss. The nutrient-rich plasma rejuvenates aging follicles and can reinvigorate thinning areas of the scalp to produce thicker hair. While PRP therapy cannot completely revive bald spots or rebuild hairlines, it can make a marked improvement in hair density and overall coverage, especially for patients with diffused hair loss.
Results following PRP treatments are highly variable and may not be the same among all patients. Some patients can experience results that last for two years or longer, while others may need to schedule a second procedure to increase results. Unlike other hair restoration clinics, Carolina Hair Center does not require appointments scheduled every three to four months. Dr. Cooley’s approach usually requires only one visit per year, sometimes every two years.
While PRP’s benefits are evident by its efficacy for hair loss patients, it works best as one part of a wide-reaching approach to hair restoration. When used in conjunction with PRP therapy, medicated products like Rogaine and Propecia can effectively manage ongoing hair loss, while hair transplants can restore hair to balding areas of the scalp.
PRP’s Use in Hair Transplants
In addition to combating androgenetic hair loss, PRP therapy with ACell can be used to supplement hair transplants. Patients undergoing hair transplantation surgery can talk to Dr. Cooley about combining their procedures with PRP therapy to provide a direct infusion of healing factors to the scalp following surgery, mitigating side effects and accelerating new hair growth. Before its use as a treatment for hair loss, PRP therapy was regularly used to treat injuries in athletes. By using the high concentration of healing factors found in plasma for treating newly-transplanted hair follicles, PRP therapy can create a higher acceptance rate for vulnerable hair grafts.
PRP therapy can also be used before hair transplantation surgery to prepare the scalp for graft harvesting. During hair transplantation surgery, donor follicular units are harvested from the back and sides of the scalp. PRP therapy can be used in the months leading up to the procedure by increasing the density of hair in the donor sites in order to provide more viable grafts for use during the procedure. For patients with sparse hair in their donor sites who may not initially be ideal candidates for hair transplantation surgery, PRP therapy can provide a boost to their hair growth and make transplants a reality.
Carolina Hair Center
If you are interested in the latest in hair restoration procedures, then consider PRP treatments from Carolina Hair Center. Dr. Cooley has directly contributed towards the research on this emerging treatment method and is proud to offer it to his hair loss patients. To learn more about PRP therapy or to book an appointment, call us today at 704-542-1601.