How does PRP for hair loss in Rochester work?
PRP treatments use growth factors in your own blood to offer powerful restorative benefits for the skin, joints, body tissues, and even hair follicles. With a simple, in-office blood draw, we spin your blood in a centrifuge to extract the platelet-rich plasma from the rest. We then load this “liquid gold” into syringes and inject your plasma directly into your scalp, with absolutely no risk of allergic reaction, since we’re using your own blood. The growth factors in the PRP stimulate hair follicles to enter the growth phase and replenish your lost hair.
First, we gently draw a vial of blood from your arm and apply a topical numbing cream to the injection site(s) to ensure your comfort during the injections.
Activate the PRP
The blood spins in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood. The white blood cells within the plasma hold a vital amount of natural growth factors that stimulate hair growth.
The PRP is injected back into the treatment areas with a thin needle to encourage new hair growth. Most patients require a series of treatments to achieve their desired results.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP is one of the most advanced, natural ways to regenerate and accelerate tissue repair. It’s produced by your own blood, which is composed of plasma and blood cells. Plasma is the liquid that circulates blood cells, and within plasma are platelets that cause the blood clots that help with wound healing. If you’ve ever noticed that yellow goo from a healing scab, that’s platelet rich plasma.
Other than fast healing, PRP has major growth factors that can enhance the functions of other cells they come in contact with. The great thing about PRP is that it can be isolated from our blood and injected into other parts of our bodies for multiple benefits. As a result, that area benefits from cellular growth, formation of new blood vessels, and collagen production. Because of this, medical professionals utilize PRP across different medical fields, including dermatology, sports medicine, orthopedics, and more.
At the moment, there are only two FDA-approved medications to treat hair loss. These medications are finasteride and minoxidil. Unfortunately, these medications have to be taken regularly, and the results can be inconsistent.
These drugs also have side effects that you won’t see with PRP for hair loss in Rochester. Minoxidil may cause dryness and an itchy scalp, while finasteride may cause sexual dysfunction in men.
With PRP for hair loss, there are less negative side effects because the source of the treatment comes from your own body! You can enjoy the benefits of new hair growth without worry or fear.
Hair transplants are another treatment option for hair loss, but since it’s a surgical procedure that involves cutting the scalp, recovering time is much longer. When you get PRP for hair loss in Rochester with the trained professionals at Envision Aesthetics, recovery time only ranges between 0 to 5 days.
Doctors will usually only do a hair transplant procedure for people with dramatic hair loss, which leaves out a lot of people looking for a hair loss treatment.
At Envision Aesthetics, we welcome all to come in for a free consultation to see if PRP for hair loss in Rochester will be best for them.
The Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows in cycles, and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, medications, hormone levels, and even body type all influence the length, coarseness, and color of body hair.
In general, hair goes through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
Phase 1: Active Growing
Anagen is the active growing phase where the hair bulb is intact. Hair grows in both directions—upward and downward. Early anagen is when the bulb is closest to the surface of the skin, and contains an abundance of melanin (pigment). This phase allows for the most effective treatment.
Phase 2: Regression
Catagen is a brief intermediate phase between anagen and telogen. It is a regression phase, when the lower part of the hair stops growing but has not been shed, and when the body absorbs the lower third of the follicle.
Phase 3: Resting
Telogen is the resting phase. The hair bulb is no longer present, and is now a club hair, which will fall out, or be pushed out of the follicle by a new anagen growing hair.
There are two main types of hair loss that affect our clients at Envision Aesthetics. Fortunately, PRP for hair loss in Rochester works to stimulate new hair growth to give you thicker and fuller hair.
Patchy hair loss
People with patchy hair loss find they have concentrated areas of hair loss. These patches can be any size.
Diffuse hair loss
Diffuse hair loss is overall hair thinning without the presence of specific bald spots or patchiness. This may not be noticeable to others, but it can still cause stress and self-consciousness.
Most people experience some sort of hair loss with age, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Our PRP for hair loss in Rochester can help you take control of your hair loss and give you back your confidence.
Benefits of PRP for hair loss in Rochester
Non-surgical hair loss treatment
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP for hair loss, is a completely non-surgical procedure, with no downtime, anesthesia, expensive surgery, or knives. This treatment also allows you to stop wasting your time and money with oral and topical medications that ultimately provide underwhelming results.
Using Your Body’s Healing Power
Your body has powerful restorative abilities, and PRP for hair loss helps us unlock those abilities. Not only can we re-activate follicles where your hair had completely stopped growing, we can also thicken and reinforce your existing hair. After a series of monthly injections, you will notice new hair beginning to grow.
About a week before your PRP for hair loss in Rochester, we ask that you avoid taking NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Naproxen, etc.) You’ll also want to avoid certain nutritional supplements such as vitamin E, vitamin A, flax oil, garlic, turmeric, and other anti-inflammatory substances.
For that week, be sure to steer clear of cigarettes and alcohol. In addition, you should avoid this procedure if you:
-Are on blood thinners
-Have a platelet disorder
-Have skin cancer
-Have liver disease
-Have an infection
You can always speak to one of specialists at Envision Aesthetics if you have any questions about whether the procedure is right for you.
Before you come in for your PRP for hair loss in Rochester, make sure you’ve had at least a gallon of fluids the day before. You will have blood drawn, and without proper hydration, you could become dizzy or light headed.
During your PRP hair loss appointment, our trained professionals will first draw blood from your arm. Let us know if you have had any issues in the past with blood drawing, that way we can cater the process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. We will then run your blood through a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood.
After extracting the PRP with a syringe, your specialist will inject the plasma into designated areas of your scalp. Depending on how many injections you need, the process could take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The injections will stimulate hair follicle activity and promote new hair growth to eliminate baldness and add thickness to your hair!
After receiving PRP for hair loss in Rochester, you’ll be able to return to your regular daily activities. Since this isn’t a cure for hair loss, be sure to continue with treatments to gain maximum hair growth benefits. Soon you’ll notice your hair becomes fuller, giving you a healthier, more youthful appearance!
Noticeable results can be seen after 3-4 PRP for hair loss treatments. For prime results, these treatments must be kept up with every 6-12 months