PRP Hair Restoration
Hair loss is a symptom many women and men face, particularly as they get older, but it can also be due to stress or COVID-19, as actress Alyssa Milano experienced in 2020. The severity of hair loss varies from person-to-person. Thankfully, there is a customizable treatment offered by dermatologists available to anyone in the early stages of hair loss to stimulate new growth and restore a thicker head of hair.
At Spring Street Dermatology in New York City, our board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants offer PRP injections for hair restoration. Our team remains at the forefront of dermatological treatments, and we offer comprehensive cosmetic and medical therapies at our SOHO, Tribeca, and Uptown locations. You can rest assured we have a treatment for your specific concerns. Our aesthetic philosophy is to achieve natural results using the simplest, least invasive techniques possible, and this remains true for our PRP for hair restoration treatments.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and this solution comes from each patient’s own blood. From a small amount of drawn blood, we can derive PRP by spinning the blood in a centrifuge. This technique separates the PRP from the rest of its components. PRP is so safe and effective because it’s taken from your own body, so you don’t have to worry about any foreign substances entering your body and your body rejecting it. We use these platelets to stimulate hair growth.
How Do PRP Injections Improve Hair Thickness?
The natural function of the platelets is to clot and heal, and they accomplish this by releasing growth hormones. When applied directly to the scalp, these growth hormones can stimulate hair growth—even in dormant hair follicles. One study showed hair growth improvement by as much as 30%.
PRP injections into the scalp are shown to:
- Improve blood supply to the scalp
- Increase the thickness of the top layer of skin
- Create a healthier environment to foster hair growth
Dr. Sapna Palep has undergone PRP therapy herself, and she shared about the success she’s seen with PRP injections with HealthLine and how this treatment works, as one of their “10 Best Ways to Boost Hair Growth” tips.
“PRP is a breakthrough treatment that uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to restore and accelerate hair growth,” Dr. Palep said in the article. “Platelets are protein derived from one’s own bloodstream and DNA that can act like a stem cell when placed back into the body.”
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Who is a Candidate for PRP?
PRP injections can improve hair growth for those in the early stages of hair thinning or loss, so it’s best to begin these treatments early, as soon as hair loss starts.
You may not be a candidate if you:
- Are currently taking blood thinners
- Have a history of alcoholism
- Are a heavy smoker
- Have a condition such as: acute cancer, chronic infections, metabolic disorder, platelet dysfunction syndromes, low platelet count, thyroid disease, chronic skin disease, or hemodynamic instability
Some hair loss is not due to aging, but rather to stress, a condition called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is also treatable with PRP injections. Dr. Palep spoke with POPSUGAR about her own experiences with stress-related hair loss and how it affects the body.
“The reason behind hair loss experienced by Milano and plenty of others is a condition called telogen effluvium, a form of hair loss that’s basically caused by physical and mental stress. It can be triggered by conditions like anemia, low iron, surgery, general anesthesia, changes in hormones, illness, and even major weight changes,” Dr. Palep explained in the article. “Anything that your body deems a stress – physical or psychological – will cause a person to develop a telogen effluvium.”
Regardless of the reason you are experiencing hair loss, the good news is that there are options. During your consultation, we will be able to let you know if PRP is a good treatment plan for your hair loss. Be sure to bring a list or be able to list out any medications you’re taking and any treatments you are undergoing for other conditions. We may also recommend an oral medication like Nutrafol, an over-the-counter supplement Dr. Rita Linkner shared about in Oprah Magazine.
What to Expect During A Treatment Session
When you come to any of our New York City offices for treatment, we will first draw a small amount of blood that we will process to gather the necessary platelet-rich plasma for your treatment session. Once the PRP is ready, we will inject it into specific areas of your scalp for optimal outcomes. This treatment is well-tolerated, but we apply a topical anesthetic to your scalp to minimize any discomfort. This outpatient procedure takes about an hour, does not require any downtime, and most patients return to most regular activities immediately after their session. We recommend avoiding rigorous activities for at least 24 hours. Your physician will provide aftercare instructions for your comfort and to help maximize your results.
Benefits of PRP Injections for Hair Restoration
Results from a treatment session are typically noticeable a few weeks after treatment, but it’s not unusual for visible hair growth to take six months to appear. For optimal results, most patients need multiple treatments to continue to stimulate hair growth. We typically recommend four treatments over the course of a year. Some of the benefits you can enjoy from PRP injections are:
Thicker hair follicles
Increased number of hairs produced
Minimized appearance of bald spots
Q: Are there possible side effects of PRP injections for hair restoration?
A: PRP injections are generally safe because the PRP is from your own blood, making this a natural option. As with any procedure, there are a few possible side effects (though unlikely) you could encounter:
- Injury to blood vessels or nerves
During your initial consultation, your doctor will explain any potential side effects.
Q: How long will my results last?
A: You will need repeat treatments about every six months to maintain your results. Our board-certified dermatologists will be able to create a treatment schedule for your specific hair restoration goals.
Q: Will I need multiple treatments?
A: Most patients require multiple treatments for optimal results, but every person is different. Four treatments over the course of a year, followed by follow-up injections every six months is the average treatment schedule, but you will receive a customized plan at your consultation and as your results begin to appear.
Q: Do treatments hurt?
A: PRP injections are not known as painful, but some discomfort might occur. We apply a topical numbing cream to the scalp before your session to minimize irritation. Some patients report feeling stinging or burning sensations in the treated area for five to fifteen minutes.
Q: What is recovery from PRP injections like?
A: PRP injections for hair restoration are minimally invasive, so patients can expect minimal to no downtime after a treatment session. You may experience some soreness in the treatment area, for which you are welcome to take over-the-counter pain medications.
Schedule a Hair Restoration Consultation in NYC Today
If you are experiencing mild to moderate hair loss and would like to reverse this aging symptom, contact our New York City practice and schedule an appointment at our SOHO, Tribeca, or Uptown office today.