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.
Post care summary for PRP hair restoration:
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.