Around 80 million people in the United States struggle with hereditary hair loss. Even though this condition is extremely common, it does not make dealing with hair loss any less stressful. Many individuals battling the loss of hair often turn to their doctors for help. In the past, many patients were provided medication to help reverse hair loss. However, we are now seeing promising results with platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a type of therapy that involves injecting a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma into their scalp. Your doctor will target the specific problem area or areas that are thinning out faster than others and inject the treatment in those locations. The injections then stimulate the growth of new hair and work to improve the texture and health of your existing hair.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy works by stimulating your hair follicles and nourishing them for growth. This highly concentrated plasma releases growth factors, which help to generate new hair in the thinning area. They also work to improve the health and density of existing hair to create a fuller and healthier head of hair.
Is There Downtime With Treatment?
Individuals who receive this treatment often benefit from having a cooling device used during the injections. There may be some mild swelling and minimal tenderness for three to five days after PRP therapy is complete.
How Long Does It Take?
PRP therapy is provided in the office for patients. The treatments take less than one hour to complete in most cases. The treatment involves a series of four treatments, each being injected four weeks apart to ensure the best results are achieved. After treatment, patients can begin seeing results within weeks. Individuals can then receive treatment every one to two years to maintain the results.
See If PRP Therapy Is Right for You
If you are dealing with hair loss, PRP therapy may provide you with the relief that you need. Reach out to Dr. Jeffrey James, MD, DDS, by calling 504-619-8700 or by filling out the online form to schedule a consultation and discuss how PRP therapy can help you.