What is PRP hair restoration?

The answer to your receding hairline or thinning hair may be simpler (and closer) than you think. In fact, the answer may be within your very own blood. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) hair restoration is a hair loss treatment that effectively utilizes plasma from your body’s own blood to stimulate dormant hair follicles. Many patients love it because there’s no surgery involved, as with a hair transplant, and it’s a completely natural procedure. Treatments consist of a blood draw, then administering injections into targeted areas of the scalp. 

How PRP hair restoration works

We all have plasma — a part of our blood that is full of nutrients and growth factors which contain dozens of platelets. These platelets are like our body’s own personal ambulance, and help with healing and tissue repair. When applied to the scalp via injections, these growth factors/platelets increase blood flow, which kick dormant hair follicles into an active growth phase. This starts new hair growth that is fuller, more robust, and healthier. 

Candidates for PRP hair restoration

If you’re in the San Diego area and you’re interested in PRP for hair loss, you may be a great candidate. Although you will need a consultation before treatment to know for sure if this procedure is right for you, in general, good candidates for PRP hair treatments are those who:

  • Are not completely bald, but are experiencing thinning hair or a receding hairline
  • Are women with hormone-related thinning of hair on top of the head
  • Want to enhance hair volume and hair health
  • Are not ready for a hair transplant
  • Have enough hair follicles for the PRP treatment to work
  • Are in overall good health 
  • Understand that results from PRP hair treatment is a gradual process
  • Have realistic expectations for what PRP hair restoration can do

Before deciding to undergo PRP hair treatments

Before deciding to have PRP hair restoration done, it’s very important to understand that this therapy may be a long process that requires many sessions for the desired results (and maintenance). You may not see outcome for 6-12 months. It’s also good to be aware that PRP may not work for certain types of hair loss. It’s particularly effective for those with androgenetic alopecia, but hair loss has many different causes — and the root cause of yours simply may not respond well to PRP. 

During your consultation with us, our specialists will determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. It’s also good to be aware that PRP may not work for certain types of hair loss. It’s particularly effective for those with androgenetic alopecia, but hair loss has many different causes — and the root cause of yours simply may not respond well to PRP. During your consultation with us, our specialists will determine if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. 

What happens during a PRP hair treatment?

A couple of pointers to help you prepare for your PRP treatment include discontinuing the use of blood thinning medications or supplements one week before your appointment, and make sure you’re well hydrated and have eaten beforehand. 

A PRP hair treatment includes two parts: a blood draw and injections into the scalp. Your scalp will be cleansed and then numbed with a strong topical anesthetic to help minimize any discomfort during the injections. After this, your blood will be drawn and then put into a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the components within the blood. The plasma then goes into a syringe and is injected areas of the scalp where hair growth is needed to target the dormant hair follicles. The area will be numbed, but you still may feel some pressure — and if needed, your scalp can be iced after the injections have been completed. Treatment time will vary from patient to patient, but an hour and a half is average.

Recovery

Although there is no downtime with PRP treatments, common side effects include scalp tenderness, swelling, itching, and/or pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites for 1-2 days. Avoid lying down flat, and sleep with your head elevated the first night after treatment.

You may wash your hair after PRP therapy, but wait at least four hours. Avoid blow drying or coloring your hair for two days following treatment. During your consultation, we'll answer any questions you might have about your recovery period and aftercare.

Results

PRP hair restoration is by no means an instant fix. Although it’s an effective treatment, it takes several PRP hair restoration sessions to begin seeing the desired results — and the more consistent the treatments are, the better your results will be. The process is gradual, but very rewarding for those who are patient. Over a series of treatments, you will start to notice less hair loss, and then eventually re-growth. Your hair will look longer, denser, and healthier. Patients are typically happy with their results anywhere from 6-12 months. Although everyone’s treatment plan will be different, in general we recommend one treatment per month for the first 3-4 months, then maintenance treatments every 3-6 months.

Why choose Laser Cliniqúe for hair restoration?

Laser Cliniqúe has been providing excellent service to patients since 2005. As the highest 5-star reviewed medical spa in Southern California, we are proud to offer a safe, pristine environment and an elevated level of expertise. PRP is one of our main services, and we are proud to provide personalized care and excellent service for each and every patient that walks through our door. Our founder and medical director, Dr. P. Alexander Ataii, is known for his compassionate bedside manner and has been the winner of the Patients’ Choice Award from 2007-2020. If you’re interested in PRP hair restoration, come see why Laser Cliniqúe is ranked one of the top medical spas in San Diego County! We welcome you to reach out to us for a consultation. 

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