Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration

 

 

The Selphyl Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PFRM) system allows for the prolonged release of platelet growth factors which stimulates stem cells, prolonging hair follicle cell survival and growth.  These factors combine to extend the growth phase of hair while shortening the shed phase.  The results are increased hair thickness and hair follicle survival.  This procedure has been shown to be helpful for androgenetic alopecia (age related hair thinning).


Overview of the PRP Treatment for Hair Restoration

A few vials of blood, typically 2-4, are drawn from the patient and then centrifuged to separate out the plasma rich cells, platelets, and growth factors. This layer is then extracted and injected into the skin using very fine needles. Patients typically experience a mild stinging sensation. ProNox (laughing gas) and a numbing spray may be used to further minimize discomfort during the injection process. ProNox is available for an additional cost. A series of 3 treatments about 6-8 weeks apart is recommended.


How long does it take to see results?  

Results may vary by patient. The first step in the process of hair growth is to slow down and halt the process of hair shedding.  We recommend following up 6 months after your last treatment to assess hair growth.  Results may be optimized by combining with a variety of medical treatments such as topical or oral Rogaine as directed by our providers.

 

Risks and Recovery
This organic procedure utilizing serum derived from your own blood minimizes the risk of allergic reaction, sensitivity and infection that may occur compared to other cosmetic procedures.  Mild injection site bruising, swelling or redness can occur but usually resolves after 3-7 days following the procedure and may be safely concealed with make-up shortly after the treatment. Other risks include infection, pain at injection sites, headache, and scalp tightness.  It is recommended that patients start taking Arnica, a homeopathic medication that naturally decreases bruising and swelling following procedures.

 

Precare Instructions:

  • Do Not take Aspirin, unless prescribed, for at least 1 week before the procedure. For optimal results and to decrease the chance of bruising at the draw site, please avoid all non-prescribed blood thinning medications and herbal supplements for 1 week prior to your appointment. Avoid taking non-prescribed Fish oil, Aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve. Please notify your provider if you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, or any other blood thinners for any medical conditions.
  • AVOID ALCOHOLIC beverages the day before your treatment, as they can cause dehydration, and increase the risk of bruising.
  • Diet before Procedure: You should have a light meal before arriving at the office and avoid caffeine.
  • HYDRATE: You should drink at least 8 glasses of water 24 hours before your treatment and at least 12 ounces of water the morning of your treatment. Failure to come hydrated may result in suboptimal blood draw.  If we are unable to draw your blood because you did not properly hydrate, then your appointment may be rescheduled and subject to cancellation fees.
  • If you dye your hair, you may do so 4-7 days before your procedure.

 

Post care summary for PRP hair restoration: 

  • Do Not wash your hair or use direct shower pressure to scalp for 24 hours
  • Do Not touch the injection sites for 3 days
  • Do Not swim or undertake any strenuous exercise for 3 days
  • Do Not expose yourself to long periods of the sun
  • Do Not sit in a sauna, hot tub, or Jacuzzi for 3 days
  • Gently wash your hair with a baby shampoo such as Aquaphor after 24 hours.
  • Wait 4-6 weeks after treatment to dye your hair.

 

Potential Side Effects:

In some very rare cases, slight side effects may occur: redness, local swelling, edema, local pain. These should not last more than a few hours, but can last up to a few days. Mild headache and scalp tightness is normal for 24-48 hours.  These are normal treatment consequences. In case of local infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.  Nevertheless, immediately contact your treating provider with any questions. Multiple treatments are needed for optimal results.

 

 
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