What is PRP THerapy for Hair Loss?
Hair loss is a major concern for a number of adults, whether it's brought on by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, or from styling practices and/or products. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration industry, new procedures have been made to help fight the problem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an emerging nonsurgical procedure for men and women that is showing remarkable effects in slowing down, stopping, and even reversing hair loss. PRP has also shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. Dr. Adam Bodian of Bodian Dermatology is one of only a small handful of hair restoration specialists to offer this revolutionary therapy in Great Neck, NY. By mixing a powerful solution of hair growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Bodian can help to strengthen the function of your hair, resulting in longer, thicker, healthier locks.
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Any person suffering from hair loss is essentially an ideal candidate for PRP hair therapy, but patients with early hair loss typically respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair loss that commonly occurs along the top part of the head. In women, this can sometimes look like a widening part with average hair density at the backside of the head. Patients with areas of "poor quality" hair growth on the scalp with normally functioning hair follicles usually have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth therapy.
Our PRP for Hair Loss Technique
A nonsurgical process, PRP therapy is a short 30-minute in-office visit. The procedure begins with acquiring a small amount of your blood and putting it in a specialized machine, which circulates the blood at high speed to remove the platelets from the remaining portion of the blood elements. Next, the platelet-rich plasma is introduced into areas of your head that are thinning or bald. Our routine for nonsurgical management of baldness includes an initial treatment and maintenance therapies roughly every 3-6 months.
What to Expect
There is no downtime after this process with practically no limits or constraints. If anything, patients may develop some discoloration, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms may last up to 48 hours. While outcomes differ for each patient, cosmetic results are generally noticed around 4 – 6 months after the first session and will continue to improve for as much as a complete year following treatment. As PRP isn't a permanent solution for hair loss, follow-up sessions are suggested every 12 – 18 months. It's very important to be aware that PRP doesn't grow new hair follicles in locations where you're already bald. It's utilized to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce fuller, healthier, longer hair fibers.
Stimulate New Growth
PRP treatment is a clinically backed alternative for those struggling to choose between hair loss solutions. At Bodian Dermatology, we are proud to offer effective solutions to efficiently treat hair loss. To learn more about PRP therapy, we invite you to call our Great Neck, NY office today.