PRP Hair Restoration
Know the facts about PRP Hair Restoration
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP is a non-surgical therapeutic hair restoration option that is offered at The Science of Beauty. Look younger and feel better with natural hair replacement. PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing your own blood, and processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, then injecting it into the scalp. PRP contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth.
PRP Hair Restoration is a comfortable, in-office, non-surgical procedure that takes about an hour start-to-finish, and most of that time is spent in the preparation phase. Most patients notice a brief period of inflammation which remains somewhat pink and numb for a few hours. If swelling occurs, it is noticeable in the forehead or around the eye area the next day. Swelling usually lasts less than 24 hours. Hair growth improvements can typically be measured in about three months, but to visually “see” the difference in the mirror it takes roughly six to twelve months.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes hair loss in men?
In men we know that hair loss follows a very specific, progressive pattern that is passed on through heredity and is triggered by hormone–specifically dihydrotestosterone or DHT. An estimated 60 million American men are suffering with male pattern hair loss. As hair follicles miniaturize and weaken, coverage of the scalp diminishes leaving thinning or balding areas.
What causes hair loss in women?
Hair thinning in women which affects nearly 40 million American women is mainly due to heredity and can start any time after puberty. However, we also know that female pattern hair loss can be strongly influenced by age, nutrition, stress, surgery, medications, illness, social/lifestyle factors, hair care and more. As hair follicles weaken and stop producing hair, hair loss occurs.
When can I expect results from PRP?
Typically, we can measure improvements in Hair Mass Index using HairCheck months before the results are visible to the naked eye. Increases in Hair Mass Index using the HairCheck device predict how much visual improvement the patient is likely to see in the months to come. It takes six to twelve months to judge the results of PRP “visually” in the mirror or with standardized photos. Measurements are taken every three months, so the plateau phase of improvement can be tracked. When Hair Mass Index starts to decline, the patient’s next PRP is planned. With the exception of alopecia areata, the average hereditary hair loss patient can expect to need PRP with ECM (extracellular matrix = Acell) on an annual basis.
What is Hair Mass Index or HMI?
Hair Mass Index, HMI or HairScore is the unit of measure obtained from the HairCheck tool. It is a numerical representation of the cross sectional area of a bundle of hair that grows from a 2cm x 2cm area of scalp. Consider for a moment the thickness of a ponytail of hair. This thickness is a product of the amount of hair fibers within the bundle as well as the thickness of each individual hair fiber. Therefore, Hair Mass Index or HMI is a highly accurate and sensitive measurement of the amount and quality of hair growing from the scalp in any given area.