PRP For Hair Loss | Harrison, NY
Dr. Datta offers PRP Therapy for patients in Westchester County
PRP Therapy Can Be Used For Hair Loss?!
By now you may have seen the use of PRP for multiple regenerative uses. PRP is obtained from a simple office blood draw and is rich in natural growth factors to stimulate collagen, cell, and blood vessel growth. PRP was introduced for its application to treat sports injuries in professional athletes. However, it also has the potential to rebuild and rejuvenate the skin as well as stimulating hair follicles of the scalp!
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) simply takes a typical blood sample and removes the red blood cells. What is left is concentrated blood platelets, white blood cells, and plasma — platelet-rich plasma. This is now a powerful healing serum that is fueled by seven growth factors. In the body, growth factors are the messengers between cells, signaling the cells to perform their different functions. In wound healing, they initiate various healing processes.
How is the platelet-rich plasma created?
To make PRP, we first take a small amount of blood, similar to what would be taken for blood work. The blood is placed in a sterile centrifuge where it is separated into its different components. The red blood cells are then removed, leaving concentrated blood platelets, white blood cells, and plasma. This liquid has four times the normal number of platelets, hence the name “platelet-rich” plasma. The process takes just a few minutes.
Is platelet-rich plasma effective for hair loss?
Professional athletes have been using PRP for a couple of decades to speed healing after injury or surgery, but in the last few years, it was discovered that PRP was also effective for helping men and women with thinning hair. The idea is to use the growth factors and healing power of the concentrated platelet serum to keep more hair follicles from moving into the dormant phase of the growth cycle. When PRP is injected into the area, its growth factors and other healing qualities are able to kick start dormant hair follicles back to the anagen/growth phase of the hair lifecycle. So, those areas that have been thinning can begin to regrow hair and fill back in.
How does PRP help with hair loss and hair restoration?
The goal is to get those resting follicles to kick into gear and being producing hair. Our vehicle at Datta Thomas to do so is PRP. Dr. Datta injects the PRP in dozens of locations across the scalp where the hair is thinning. Then the PRP is allowed to work its magic with its growth facilitators stimulating resting follicles to return to the growth stage. With more follicles back growing hair again, shedding decreases dramatically, and areas of thinning hair begin to fill back in.
Would I be a good candidate for PRP treatment for hair loss?
If you are experiencing hair loss, you’re basically a good candidate for PRP hair restoration with Dr. Datta. However, the growth factors in the PRP work best when awakening follicles that only recently became dormant. These hair follicles are still healthy and capable of growing hair, but they are spending more and more time in the dormant phase. That’s why PRP hair restoration works best when the patient notices early hair loss. Clinically, this is known as androgenic alopecia.
If that sounds like you, then PRP could be a great option to stop your hair loss and start regrowing new hair.
But there are two groups who CANNOT have PRP:
- If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus. These conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time.
- If you are taking blood thinners, PRP is not as effective.
The growth cycle is important
Human hair has three phases in its growth and subsequent shedding: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transitional phase), and telogen (resting/shedding phase). When we’re young, our hair follicles spend most of their time in the growth phase. As we get older and if we have certain genetic markers, our hair follicles begin to spend more time in the resting phase. That leads to thinning hair because the follicles that have recently shed their hair in the telogen phase don’t quickly move back to the anagen phase to start growing new hair. For men, hair tends to thin across the upper scalp, particularly toward the front. For women, hair usually thins along the part line.
How is the PRP injected into the scalp?
Now that we have your PRP, we apply topical numbing cream across the thinning areas we are targeting. Then Dr. Datta injects the PRP back into your scalp using a specialized syringe with three needles. We inject the PRP at approximately every half-inch across the areas of thinning hair.
Is PRP Therapy Painful?
The injections are not made deeply at all, so they are not painful, but the topical numbing cream alleviates any pain.
What are the risks with PRP hair loss treatment?
A great thing about PRP, besides its phenomenal healing properties, is that it comes from your own body, so there aren’t any reactions to these injections. The main after-effects can be some lingering pain at the injection sites, slight bleeding, and a small risk of infection. These risks are very small.
How long before I will see my hair coming back after PRP Therapy?
Our patients see the first changes in the amount of hair loss. The PRP initially works to keep the follicles from moving into dormancy, so you’re losing less hair. This happens almost immediately. From there, it takes the PRP and its growth factors a little time to move resting follicles back to growth. Real hair growth is usually noticeable after the first two to three months. Studies have shown about a 30 percent improvement in hair growth in the thinning areas after four PRP treatments.
What Our Patients Have to Say
Dr. Datta -Thomas is a fabulous physician, on the cutting edge for anti aging care. What was a difficult procedure in the past was actually so easy and uncomplicated with Doctor Thomas. She is a perfectionist which translates to better care. -Sheila S.
Will I need more than one PRP session?
Dr. Datta advises her hair-loss patients to be a little more aggressive at the beginning with more frequent PRP treatments. Patients should then gradually transition to maintenance. We generally recommend hair loss patients have one PRP treatment monthly for the first three or four months. Depending on how you respond, follow-up treatments every three to six months are advised. Because your hair follicles are continually moving towards dormancy, it’s a good idea to consider an ongoing maintenance program from there.