Hair loss is a frustrating problem that affects millions of men and women in the United States each year. If you suffer from this condition and are looking for a minimally-invasive, chemical-free solution, you may want to consider PRP hair restoration.
The treatment uses healing components from your own blood to restore healthy hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.
The underlying cause of hair loss varies from person to person. It can develop due to genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or certain medications. The most common cause among both men and women is hereditary hair loss.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical treatment that can be used to correct a wide range of medical and aesthetic concerns for our Phoenix patients.
Our Scottsdale PRP hair restoration harnesses the platelet-rich plasma component of the blood to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. During treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn and processed through a centrifuge to isolate the PRP. From there, the PRP is reinjected into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp.
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The platelet-rich plasma component of the blood contains stem cells and other healing growth factors that are vital to the body’s natural process of tissue creation and regeneration. When PRP is injected into the scalp during treatment, it enriches the hair follicles with these nourishing biological compounds.
These compounds drive the circulation of blood, nutrients, and other healing components to the hair follicle, repairing it and allowing it to create new, healthier hair. PRP can be used on its own as a hair restoration method, or in conjunction with other hair restoration procedures to enhance their effectiveness.
Anyone who is experiencing hair loss can be considered a candidate for PRP hair restoration. However, Phoenix men and women with early hair loss tend to enjoy the best results, particularly if the thinning occurs along the top of the head.
The PRP hair restoration treatment begins when blood is extracted from the patient. This blood is then moved to a centrifuge, where it is carefully processed. Because the platelet-rich plasma is heavier than the rest of the blood’s components, it separates easily to the bottom of the centrifuge where it can be quickly extracted.
Once extracted, the PRP is reinjected strategically into the patient’s scalp where the hair loss has occurred. Because the procedure involves a simple process of blood extraction and reinjection, treatment is fairly quick and leaves patients with few, if any, side effects. However, it’s important to keep in mind that results vary from patient to patient.
We will develop a custom treatment plan during your initial consultation. However, most of our Phoenix patients need PRP injections once a month for three to four months.
Your results will depend on how diligently you adhere to our treatment plan. If you have your PRP hair restoration injections done once a month, you will notice results after the first two to three sessions. Your hair will slowly stop shedding, and you will notice new hair growth and longer strands.
PRP is an ideal hair restoration option for many of our Scottsdale patients because it’s safe, non-invasive, and has virtually no side effects. However, medications and hair transplantation are two additional options. Here’s what you need to know about them:
Minoxidil and finasteride are both FDA-approved for treating hair loss. However, they are also associated with undesirable side effects. Minoxidil can cause dryness and itching, while finasteride may result in sexual dysfunction in men.
Modern hair transplantation techniques can be very effective, but the procedure requires an incision and a recovery period. It is also more expensive than PRP and may leave scars, depending on the approach used.
Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 26 years of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.
Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.