Regardless of one’s age or gender, the thinning or loss of hair can be disheartening. But thanks to the latest advances in hair restoration, patients have more options and hope than ever before for restoring a head full of hair. If you are embarrassed by hair loss, Dr. Michael McCracken and his team at McCracken Eye and Face Institute are here to help. We are pleased to offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, an effective and non-surgical solution for hair restoration.
PRP is a high concentration of platelets in a small volume of plasma, both of which are derived from a patient’s own blood. Platelets contain hundreds of proteins, known as growth factors, which aid in the healing of tissues and the regeneration of new cells. The high concentration of platelets and growth factors in PRP speed up the body’s healing process, which in turn jumpstarts the body’s cell regeneration process.
PRP therapy has long been successfully used in various medical fields, including injury treatment and skin care. In hair restoration, PRP is injected into the scalp to stimulate tissue repair and cell growth, resulting in thicker, fuller hair.
PRP therapy works best on men and women who are in the early stages of natural hair thinning or hair loss. The treatment is also ideal for patients who have active or somewhat active hair follicles but that are not producing the amount or quality of hair desired. Patients with inactive follicles may need more treatment sessions than those with active follicles in order to achieve the desired results.
In addition, candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about PRP therapy. Dr. McCracken will discuss what results you can expect during your personal consultation.
PRP injections can be used alone or in conjunction with NeoGraft hair transplantation to enhance the result of the procedure.
PRP therapy takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Because PRP only uses the patient’s blood, there is virtually no risk for allergic reactions or adverse effects. Before treatment, the doctor may apply an anesthetic agent on the treatment area to minimize discomfort.
The first step of PRP therapy is to your draw blood and place it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge will spin the blood to separate the platelets from the red blood cells and white blood cells. Once it’s ready, the platelet-rich plasma will be injected directly into your scalp using a microneedling device.
Results from PRP therapy can typically be seen in three to six months, depending on each patient’s unique case. The number of repeat sessions will also depend on the extent of hair loss and desired results.
To learn more about PRP therapy for hair restoration, please schedule a consultation with McCracken Eye and Face Institute. Call 720-851-6600 today.
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