Hair Restoration Houston
An Effective Development in the Treatment of Hair Loss
Over the past few years, cell therapy – in the form of growth factors, cell multiplication, and stem cells – have been the hottest area of potential innovation in many areas of medicine. Hair restoration is no exception, and we at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery are at the forefront in developing these applications.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, using the patient’s own blood which is centrifuged to separate out this growth factor-containing component, is being actively used in the treatment of hair loss. Rich in growth factors and platelets (one of the human body’s most potent mediators of healing), PRP is applied to the scalp to help in the treatment of hair loss. Using the newest technology to obtain PRP, we at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery have begun recommending PRP for certain patients with progressive hair loss, as well as Hair Max LaserComb, Minoxidil, and Hair Supplements to create the perfect environment for hair restoration.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Rich in growth factors PRP is the most potent healer in the body. Growth factors promote healing by restoring the normal architecture and strength of the tissue. In a PRP injection, the patient’s own blood is processed at high speeds resulting in higher concentrations of the patient’s own platelets with growth and healing factors, which are then needled in and then injected to promote healing, increase local blood flow, and stimulate hair follicles to grow healthier hair.
Is PRP new?
No, the technology has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care, initially as a healing adjunct to open heart surgery. The use of PRP for the scalp is new and evolving into a promising treatment for used as a way to reverse hair loss.
How long does it take?
The entire process takes about 90 minutes. Most the time involves drawing and processing the patient’s blood for the injection.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Using sterile equipment, approximately 10 – 20 cc of the patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a specialized tube to be centrifuged. As the PRP is being processed, the scalp will be anesthetized using topical creams- since local anesthetics can inhibit the PRP, local anesthetics cannot be injected into the actual areas of the scalp being treated. It then takes several minutes to inject the PRP into the affected areas of the scalp. To activate the PRP, the scalp is then treated with the Eclipse Micropen, which has tiny needles that create hundreds of micro channels causing the PRP to penetrate further into the scalp. We then recommend the therapy be repeated on a yearly basis to retain results. We also offer a line of products and a HairMax LaserComb to help accelerate and maintain regrowth.
Are there any potential complications?
Unlike oral medications, Platelet Rich Plasma is also safe from the routine risks as well as of rejection and allergy, as patients’ own blood is withdrawn, centrifuged, and no additives added to the final PRP solution. It has proven to be a safe noninvasive option for improving miniaturizing hair or increasing the health of existing hair. For those seeking minimally invasive and low cost options, or searching for improvements in overall scalp and follicular health, PRP therapy will prove to be effective in boosting hair follicles.
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