Hair loss is a major concern for many adults, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, styling products, or grooming practices. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat this issue. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a premier nonsurgical remedy that has shown remarkable benefits in slowing down, stopping, and reversing hair loss. PRP has shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows as well. Kind Health Group is one of only a small handful of practices that offer hair restoration with this innovative therapy in Encinitas, CA. By mixing a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, our MedSpa team can help strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
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Any person suffering with hair loss is essentially an ideal candidate for PRP therapy, but those with early hair loss usually yield the best results. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that commonly occurs along the top of the head. In women, this can sometimes look like a widening part with average hair thickness at the back of the head. Patients with sections of "weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with functioning hair follicles typically have the best results with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
A minimally invasive procedure, PRP therapy is a short 60-minute in-office visit. The procedure begins with attaining a small amount of your blood and placing it in a special machine, which rotates the blood at high speed to separate the platelets from the remaining portion of the blood components. Next, a local anesthetic is administered to your scalp and the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is reintroduced into regions of your scalp that are thinning or bald. Finally, microneedling is performed on the scalp to create micro-trauma and micro-channels into the skin, which activates the PRP and permits it to penetrate deep into the skin. Our protocol for nonsurgical management of hair loss contains an initial treatment and maintenance treatments roughly every nine months to one year.
What to Expect
There's no downtime following this procedure, with almost no limitations or restrictions. If anything, patients may develop some redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms can last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, cosmetic results are most often seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and can continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. As PRP is not a permanent alternative for hair loss, repeat treatments are suggested every 12 – 18 months. It is necessary to be aware that PRP does not grow new hair follicles in locations where you are already bald. It is used to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy for hair cost?
PRP therapy costs will depend on many factors, including how many treatments you are getting. During your consultation, our MedSpa team will create your PRP treatment plan to maximize your results. Then, we can discuss the cost of your PRP therapy. We will also tell you about any current specials being offered and which payment methods we accept.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
Many patients combine other treatments with PRP therapy, including topical medication applied at home, microneedling, and more. Our MedSpa team will assess your scalp and level of hair loss before creating your custom PRP therapy treatment plan. We will discuss our recommendations for what in-office treatments are best for your hair loss and any home products that might help between appointments.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
Most patients need at least three PRP treatments performed one month apart to see results. Your specific PRP therapy program will depend on the degree of hair loss and your goals. Based on this, our MedSpa team can recommend how many PRP treatments you will need and how often you should schedule them to stimulate your hair growth. If your condition is more advanced, we may recommend more treatment initially, which can be performed less frequently once you begin to see results.
How effective is PRP therapy at treating hair loss?
The outcomes of your PRP therapy will depend on the severity of your hair loss, how many treatments you get, and other factors. You should also remember to be patient with your results, as it takes time for new hair growth to become visible after the PRP stimulates the process. During your consultation, our MedSpa team will discuss if you are a good candidate and what results you can realistically expect. You may need to continue to get PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss.
Are the PRP injections painful?
While the serum is being prepared, a numbing serum will be applied to your scalp to keep you comfortable during the PRP injections. This should minimize your discomfort during the procedure, but talk to our MedSpa team if you have any concerns or pain. Your scalp may remain numb or tingle for a while after your PRP injections, but this is temporary and normal sensation should return shortly.
Stimulate New Growth
PRP therapy is a scientifically backed alternative for individuals struggling to choose between hair loss solutions. At Kind Health Group, we are honored to provide effective solutions to efficiently treat thinning hair. To find out more about PRP sessions, we welcome you to call our Encinitas, CA office today.