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About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. It can begin early in life, but is much more common after the age of 50, when more than 50 percent of men will experience some kind of hair loss.
However, an emerging treatment — platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — appears to help regrow lost hair. And, there are virtually no side effects from PRP, except for a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site, says dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD.
- How does PRP therapy work?
- How does PRP therapy compare with other options?
- Researchers see promising results
- What makes you a good candidate for PRP therapy?
- Everything You Should Know About PRP Injections for Hair Loss
- I Got PRP Treatment for Hair Loss and This Is What I Learned
- I Took a Needle — or 13 — to the Head and Lived to Tell the Tale
- What Is PRP?
- How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work
- Why Get PRP for Hair Loss?
- What Is PRP for Hair Loss Treatment
- How Did PRP for Hair Loss Feel?
- My PRP for Hair Loss Results
- Get Started Finding Your Best PRP Clinic!
- PRP for Hair Loss Treatment
- Why PRP Has Shown Results for Hair Loss Treatment
- PRP Hair Restore
- STOP HAIR LOSS & STIMULATE HAIR REGROWTH USING PRP INJECTIONS
- TREATMENT OVERVIEW
- HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
- PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatments for Hair Growth
- PRP Injection Cost
- Debunking the Myths Surrounding PRP Injection Cost
- PRP Hair Treatment Sydney
- Hair loss: Diagnosis and treatment
- How do dermatologists find out what’s causing hair loss?
- When hair may regrow on its own
- Changing your hair care (or hairstyle) may help
- When do dermatologists recommend treatment for hair loss?
- At-home treatments for hair loss
- Procedures to help regrow hair
- Prescription medication that can regrow hair
- Vitamins, minerals, and other supplements
- Wigs and concealers
- What is the outcome for someone who has hair loss?
- PRP Therapy in Australia
- How much will PRP cost me?
- PRP Treatments
How does PRP therapy work?
Physicians began using PRP therapy about a decade ago to speed up the healing process in damaged joints after injury or surgery.
During the treatment, a technician draws your blood and spins it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. Doctors then inject the plasma, which helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production.
Doctors began using PRP in dermatology after researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
Doctors inject plasma into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. They typically administer injections monthly for three months, then spread them out over about three or four months for up to two years. The injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age and hormones.
Because the treatment is cosmetic, insurance does not cover the procedure, Dr. Khetarpal says. The cost ranges between $500 and $1,000 per injection session.
How does PRP therapy compare with other options?
Other treatments for hair loss currently on the market are often more problematic for many patients, Dr. Khetarpal says.
There are two FDA-approved medications for treating hair loss: finasteride and minoxidil. But you must take these drugs consistently over time and results are inconsistent, she says.
Each drug also sometimes has side effects:
- Minoxidil may cause dryness and itching on the scalp.
- Finasteride may cause sexual dysfunction in men.
Hair transplantation is another option, but it requires cuts in the scalp and recovery time is longer, she says.
Because it is a surgical procedure, doctors typically recommend hair transplantation only for those who have dramatic hair loss. A transplant is also more costly and leaves scars. Doctors can perform PRP therapy prior to transplantation, which can provide better results with more dense hair growth, Dr. Khetarpal says.
Researchers see promising results
Recent research bears out the potential of PRP therapy.
In a 2014 study, researchers in India looked at men with male-pattern baldness who used both approved medications, but saw little change in their hair growth.
After four PRP treatments, they had about 30 percent more growth in thinning areas.
A 2017 study out of Italy also found male patients had increased hair and density in areas where doctors used PRP therapy.
Dr. Khetarpal says it takes about three months to see an improvement. After that time, most of her patients – both male and female – have regrown 30 to 40 percent of the hair they’ve lost.
What makes you a good candidate for PRP therapy?
Part of the success of PRP comes from selecting the right patients for therapy, Dr. Khetarpal says. PRP is safe and effective for many people. However, you should not have PRP therapy if you fall into either of these groups:
- If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you aren’t likely to have good results because these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time.
- If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure is not as effective.
PRP therapy works better if your hair loss is recent. It is more challenging to “wake up” hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time, Dr. Khetarpal says.
“I tell people I can get your hair back to what it was five years ago,” she says. “If your hair loss is older, you may see some recovery, but it’s likely not worth your investment of time and money.”
Everything You Should Know About PRP Injections for Hair Loss
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By now you’ve likely heard about the platelet-rich plasma’s (PRP) skin-care potential, if not from a mention of Barbara Sturm’s notorious “blood cream” then from the Kardashians’ reviews of vampire facials. PRP isn’t just being used to encourage collagen production in people’s faces, though. In recent years, it’s emerged as a potential tool for fighting hair loss. People are having their PRP injected into their scalps in hopes of promoting hair growth. (Related: People Are Tattooing Their Under-Eyes As a Way to Cover Up Dark Circles)
As with the vampire facial, the treatment starts with drawing your own blood, then spinning it out using a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the red blood cells. A doctor then numbs the area and injects the isolated PRP into your scalp. “When people lose hair, the follicles don’t go away, they just become dormant,” explains Bruce Katz, M.D., dermatologist and director of the JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York. “When we inject PRP into the scalp, it actually stimulates the stem cells in the hair root that turn on the hair follicle again.” In addition, PRP contains six growth factors, so it stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles, encouraging the hair to grow normally again, he says.
The treatment requires repeated visits, but recommendations on frequency vary by doctor. “We do monthly treatments four to six times, depending on how quickly the hair grows,” says Dr. Katz. “And then we just do maintenance twice a year.” Each appointment lasts no more than 30 minutes from start to finish, he says. (Related: Everything You Need to Know About Hair Loss-Like How to Stop It)
The most common cause of hair loss in women, female-pattern hair loss, affects millions of women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The hereditary condition usually leads to gradual loss, often a widening part or overall thinning. Hormonal changes, certain medications, a physical or emotional shock, or wearing excessively tight hairstyles can also cause hair loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Other treatments for hair thinning or loss range from taking “hair skin and nail” supplements, which may not offer substantial results, or OTC minoxidil (i.e. Rogaine), as well as or more invasive options such as hair transplant surgery.
FYI, the average cost of PRP hair restoration is around $2,075, based on reviews from Realself, a platform for information and reviews on cosmetic procedures. For comparison, the average reported cost for hair transplants on Realself is $7,075.
While PRP injections haven’t proven to be effective in people who are completely bald, otherwise, people with various other levels of hair loss can benefit, says Dr. Katz. There are a few exceptions you should note. Anyone with existing conditions where hair loss is a known side effect, such as lupus or thyroid disease aren’t good candidates for the treatment, reports the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, people who are on blood thinners tend to get weaker results from PRP, since the medication can make the platelets less effective. (Related: Scalp Microblading Is the Latest “It” Treatment for Hair Loss)
There’s no shortage of impressive before-and-after photos on the web, and research on the treatment is promising. “There is more hope on the horizon, as a growing amount of research indicates that a procedure known as platelet-rich plasma therapy can provide effective treatment,” the American Academy of Dermatology stated in a press release last month. So if you aren’t weirded out by the thought of repurposing your blood, it might be worth exploring.
- By Renee Cherry @reneejcherry
I Got PRP Treatment for Hair Loss and This Is What I Learned
I Took a Needle — or 13 — to the Head and Lived to Tell the Tale
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Listen, if there’s anything I’ve learned in my many years of covering men’s grooming, it’s that we guys care a lot about our hair. Some of us care more than others about how it looks or what to do with it, but be it face, chest or anywhere else, most of us care about our hair and we want to have full control over whether or not we keep it.
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So it should come as no surprise that there are seemingly endless new and interesting developments in the hair care category for men all the time. New low-level lasers keep coming out, pills and topical treatments from easy DTC companies, even new hair transplant surgeries that look nothing like those hair plugs from years ago.
Here’s the question though: If there are so many treatments for thinning hair and hair loss, why go with PRP hair loss treatment? Because like so many of the other treatments gaining popularity among men — Botox, fillers, CoolSculpt — this is a noninvasive treatment option to help maintain the hair I have and prevent further hair loss rather than try to go back and fix the problem after the fact. And, I can do it on my lunch break.
According to RealSelf, a resource site for information and reviews on cosmetic procedures, the average cost of PRP hair restoration is about $2,150. Compare that to the RealSelf estimate of $7,075 for full-on hair transplant surgery and you can bet I’d much rather drop the cost for PRP on my credit card now rather than waiting until I need the more expensive (and painful) treatment.
“Cost is a big factor for all of my patients,” explains board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad. “So you can argue, why not try one time and you have it at home forever.” The red light emitted from these laser devices have been shown to increase blood supply, which is great when targeting hair loss, but the results of this method are very inconsistent. “That’s the main issue with , otherwise we’d be recommending them to every patient.”
“This is something in my 23 years of practice I run into,” he continues. “We want to be helpful to our patients, but we also want to do the treatment properly, and that’s why you’re going to find such a discrepancy in terms of pricing where some places can offer you like PRP from $600 all the way up to like $1,500 , and that’s just a matter of what technique they are using.”
So the problem with using one of these lasers is that you won’t know if it works until you buy it and try it, and for almost $900 on Amazon (assuming you don’t get scammed) I, for one, am not so eager to take that leap of faith and then get discouraged when I don’t see results.
“Then the next line of therapy really is PRP … There’s PRP and then there’s hair transplant,” Ostad says, and as we know, those ain’t cheap. Now that we have covered how much it costs compared to laser and hair transplants, what exactly is PRP?
What Is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and is that golden liquid found in your blood that’s full of growth-factors that when concentrated, can provide some major benefits. “There are two components to our blood,” Ostad says. “There’s plasma, which is a clear component to our blood … and then there’s the red component to our blood, which is made of red blood cells.”
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The history of using PRP for hair restoration and hair-loss prevention is relatively new, as the science has been around for decades in other fields of medicine. In a Krager-published study from “Skin Appendage Disorders” by Alves Rubina, Grimalt Ramon, the history of the practice dates back to the 70s and is first used in the field of hematology, or the study of blood.
“Hematologists created the term PRP … to describe the plasma with a platelet count above that of peripheral blood, which was initially used as a transfusion product to treat patients with thrombocytopenia,” the study explains. “Ten years later, PRP started to be used in maxillofacial surgery as PRF (platelet-rich fibrin). Subsequently, PRP has been used predominantly in the musculoskeletal field in sports injuries.”
Cut to present day, when PRP is gaining popularity in dermatology by achieving such medical successes as tissue regeneration, wound healing, scar revision, skin rejuvenating and in our case, alopecia, otherwise known as hair loss.
How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work
Getting into the weeds of hair loss could send us off into a tangent worthy of its own article (of which we have plenty already) so I will keep this short and simple. Injecting PRP into the scalp stimulates the stem cells in the hair root to wake up hair follicles that may have otherwise stopped churning hair out.
“PRP can grow baby hairs, strengthen the existing hairs and thicken them. By thickening them, they take up more space and cover more of the scalp,” Ostad explains. “Wherever there is an injury, platelets go there and not only do they stop bleeding, but they release these granules of growth factors that get rid of inflammation and heal the area.”
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“Additionally, plasma has vitamins, nutrients and protein, so it has all these additional things beyond platelets,” he continues. “ someone once thought of taking platelets and injecting them and they were actually able to heal patients . And now that’s routinely done for people who have sports injuries, whether it’s an Achilles tear or inflammation in the knee.”
And finally, because platelets have growth factors, and growth factors help stimulate collagen and generate new collagen to grow, PRP has made its way into dermatology and is now used successfully for hair loss treatment. “It doesn’t work for everybody, but it works for a majority of people,” says Ostad. “I would say conservatively it works for three out of four people. We pick our patients carefully. I would never do it on someone who has end stage hair loss — it would be a waste.”
Why Get PRP for Hair Loss?
OK, so I’m not really losing my hair … yet. But judging by my family history, I could make a case that it’s only a matter of time. That being said, I don’t have the thick, full head of hair I had coming out of college all those years ago. Genetics, as well as epigenetics, are the most common components of hair loss.
Ostad explains: “Epigenetics just means the influence of the environment on our genes, and when I say environment, I’m talking about stress. As we our 20s reality hits. You have to go get a job, or a car or an apartment. So all those stresses release stress hormones.”
The main stress hormone, as Ostad put it, is cortisol. “Cortisol is shaped much like testosterone and in the body it gets converted to testosterone,” Ostad continues. “If someone has a familial genetic predisposition, that release of cortisol induces more testosterone and that can unfortunately initiate this hair loss.”
Ostad offers up his average age for patients is in the range of 30s to 40s, so as I start creeping into my late-mid-30s, my goal is to get ahead of the hair loss situation. Ostad told me I was just about the perfect candidate for the procedure.
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“ someone who’s young, who’s noticing some thinning and may also see some regression of the hairline.” Bingo. I’m already using over-the-counter topical hair loss products as well as taking supplements and prescribed hair loss medication which so far, has kept any major hair loss at bay.
“So you’re like the typical individual, someone in their 30s who is beginning to get a little more aware of the fact that the hair’s kind of thinning — that they don’t have that maximum density that they used to have in their early 20s and you’ve become a little self conscious of it,” said Ostad. Right again.
“And then especially if somebody has a family history and it doesn’t have to be … a female dominant kind of gene . It actually can happen on both sides .” And once again, me.
So if somebody has a family history of genetic hair loss — mother, father, aunts or uncles — then those individuals are even more at risk of having hair loss themselves. “Even in someone like me PRP will help in terms of not only keeping what I have, but it’s kind of stimulating some hair growth,” Ostad said.
By doing this procedure — even once — the benefits of what I’m already doing should increase, not only making the hair I have look and feel healthier, but also, potentially, causing new growth.
What Is PRP for Hair Loss Treatment
I got into a lengthy conversation with Dr. Ostad and I have to be honest, his “bedside manner” was exemplary. I couldn’t have been happier with the choice I made to go with him. He walked me through the process, what to expect and how it would feel — which we will get to later.
I’m not squeamish when it comes to needles except for that brief moment the needle actually goes into my vein. After that, I’m good-to-go. Luckily, that was one-and-done, even though the nurse drawing my blood pulled two vials full, or about 25 cc’s in total. As I held the gauze over my tiny pinprick of a wound, my blood was spun in a centrifuge for about five minutes. This separates the blood from that sweet golden juice — the PRP.
As the centrifuge quietly hummed, Deirdre Murphy, the nurse who drew my blood, started to lay out small syringes that would be used to inject my own growth factor-full PRP back into my skull. She grabbed one. Then another. Then a third. She kept going until she had laid out 13 syringes. Thirteen! If that doesn’t sound like a lot of syringes to you, I don’t know what to tell you man, because that is a lot of stuff going into my skull if you ask me.
How Did PRP for Hair Loss Feel?
“Your scalp, and your face in general, is just a sensitive area,” Murphy said. “So I like to prepare patients for that and just make sure that you’re fully aware that it’s uncomfortable. I’ve seen people go through it and it’s quick and over and they’re like, ‘Oh fun, done.’”
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OK guys, I have to be straight with you here: It hurt like a motherf*cker. No lie. And not like a tingle-tingle ouchie, but more like “Holy sh*t! What’s happening!?” The scalp is rich in nerves and bone and not too much else. So just imagine the sound of a needle as it’s puncturing the thin skin of the scalp over and over again as you wonder: “Do I really need hair this badly?”
That said, the painful process was a total of between two and three minutes. That was it. Thirteen syringes in under three minutes. The pain, however, did not stop there. It persisted. It felt like a special kind of headache you just need to nap off. However, when I got back to the office, I took some Tylenol and the pain slowly faded away. After an hour, I didn’t feel any pain at all, and it never came back.
Note for next time (and for your first time): Take some Tylenol before the procedure. Opt for acetaminophen since it’s not a blood thinner like a lot of its pain-reliever counterparts.
My PRP for Hair Loss Results
I was told I couldn’t wash my hair for 24 hours and to leave my head alone (no scalp massages or I don’t know, aggressive head-contact sports) for 48 hours. After that, I was free to live my life as I did pre-PRP.
I was also told I’d see some results instantly: “ actually thickening the hair that you currently have right now makes it really nice and shiny and beautiful,” Murphy told me after the procedure. “Because your platelets what’s actually helping to rejuvenate cells in that area.”
Ostad added: “People who do it, the majority of them love their results. They really are happy with the improvement. It’s not a dramatic change, so it’s not going to give you results of a hair transplant. But for people who are looking to not only stop the hair loss, it’s going to work a lot better than Rogaine and Propecia .”
Most doctors recommend having a series of three-to-five sessions done to get the most out of the procedure, with annual visits thereafter to maintain the results, but even one visit can make a difference if you’re like me: looking to combat thinning hair from a place of prevention.
It’s been a month since the treatment and after getting a haircut close to the scalp to track results, I have noticed some of the fine hairs we discussed seem to be trying to find their light. Knowing that I’m taking other precautions to keep my hair where it is gives me confidence that it isn’t something I’ll have to worry about anytime soon.
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By now you’re probably familiar with, or at least have heard of the “vampire facial,” a skin treatment that essentially uses your own blood to help facilitate a glowing, youthful complexion. What you probably haven’t heard of is that there’s a similar treatment for hair loss, and yes, it requires your blood, too.
It’s called platelet-rich plasma, a.k.a. PRP, says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Here’s how it works: “Our blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma,” he says. “The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.”
Growth factors, in a sense, play the role of messengers, signaling skin cells to function. In fact, they’ve been used in medicine to treat a range of health issues, including arthritis, signs of aging, etc. The good news for anyone with thinning hair, says Zeichner, is that growth factors can “help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth.”
The use of PRP is “a great treatment option for hair loss because it has a number of scientifically based articles showing its efficacy increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle,” says Neil Sadick, dermatologist in New York City and the director of the Sadick Research Group for understanding and treating hair loss. He adds the treatment has been gaining popularity around the world within the last few years.
As with most procedures, there is a careful process involved in using PRP for hair regrowth, beginning with a standard blood draw from the patient’s arm. Next, Zeichner says, “the tube of blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the blood tube to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.”
The process is meticulous — with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair — but typically, the entire procedure takes less than a half hour.
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It might sound scary (blood draws and needles?!), but for the most part, there’s no real risk associated with PRP. “Most patients get injections without any numbing, as there is minimal discomfort,” says Zeichner. “However, cool air or ice packs may be used to minimize pain.” In the event there is any discomfort, Tylenol after the procedure is also recommended. Bruising can occur but usually resolves within a week or two.
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PRP for Hair Loss Treatment
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Hair Loss is now the latest trend in hair regrowth and hair loss treatment. PRP therapy for men’s and women’s hair loss is becoming more and more common and is proving to be effective in correcting hair loss when done correctly.
Even though PRP therapy has been around since the 1980’s, doctors only started using it recently as a treatment for certain types of alopecia. Many user experiences have noted good results and the popularity of the procedure is growing rapidly.
PRP for hair loss is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes the stem cells and growth factors from the patient’s own blood to trigger the growth of hair from resting or miniaturized hair follicles. The first step involves drawing the patient’s blood into a 20-22cc specialized tube that is then spun down in a centrifuge for 15 minutes.
The centrifuge will separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The final product is plasma that has been separated from the white and red blood cells. This plasma is then set aside and gravity allows the platelets to drop out of suspension and collect at the bottom of the tube.
This denser area of platelets in the plasma called Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP. This area will typically have 3 -5 x concentration of platelets and is the key ingredient to success in any PRP procedure. The platelet poor plasma or PPP is usually collected from the top of the tube and discarded; or, in some cases saved for micro-needling treatment post PRP injection.
The platelet-rich plasma then is injected back into the scalp using one of two procedures:
- Subdermal: PRP is injected into the subcutaneous fat layer of the scalp using a longer needle with less injections; or,
- Dermal: PRP is injected into the scalp into the dermal layer using a shorter needle and higher number of injections.
Often times this procedure can be assisted with the use of a cell matrix or A-cell in the PRP or followed by micro needling or both.
This therapy is mostly used as a growth stimulant hair growth procedure and typically requires multiple procedures over a course of 3-6 months to begin to show results. It is important to note that PRP is not FDA approved for hair growth and there are numerous methods of delivering PRP to scalp. It is important to review what type of procedure your physician may be practicing. You should discuss this with your physician prior to starting a course of treatment and see his or her before and after photos.
PRP for Hair Restoration and Hair Transplantation: PRP can be used in hair transplant surgery to expedite post-operative recovery. During a hair restoration procedure, some physicians will have the individual hair transplants grafts dipped in a patients PRP prior to being placed by into the patient’s scalp. This will potentially provide a greater possibility of healing and promote a better outcome.
Why PRP Has Shown Results for Hair Loss Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma has approximately five times the number of platelets found in ordinary blood. These platelets have:
- Platelet-derived growth factor
- Transforming growth factor
- Insulin-like growth factor 1
- Vascular endothelial growth factor
- Keratinocyte growth factor
All the above have a positive impact on the growth of hair. Platelets stimulate the healing of wounds and cellular repair and when placed inside the scalp it seems to be able to repair areas of hair loss. Currently, there are clinical studies underway to prove its effectiveness, but those studies still will not be complete until 2019. There have been some previous studies in mice shows that PRP stimulates dermal papillae. One similar study that was done on mice to assess the effect of activated PRP on hair growth in vivo. After one injection every three days for fourteen days, diffuse darkening was noticed. Mice that were injected with activated PRP showed an almost complete hair regrowth as compared to those that were not.
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STOP HAIR LOSS & STIMULATE HAIR REGROWTH USING PRP INJECTIONS
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss provides a new and natural option to treat this incredibly common concern for both men and women. There are many other medical conditions that can lead to an increase in hair loss. The most common is Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) or pattern hair loss that most commonly attributed to an increase in dihytrotestosterone (DHT) levels, due to hereditary factors.
✔ Non-surgical, non-hormonal and totally natural treatment
✔ Restores blood flow
✔ Improves the health, function and duration of hair follicles
✔ Suitable for men and women
✔ Minimal side effects
✔ 3 month programme recommended for optimal results
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The objective of PRP scalp injection therapy is to improve blood flow and trigger healing of deficient hair follicles, encouraging hair to remain in the growth phase, rather then enter the rest phase or die too early. Clinically observed outcomes are:
✔ Increased hair count
✔ Improved hair thickness
✔ Our Doctors may also recommend prescription medicine in conjunction with treatment
The process in summary:
- Extract blood sample (insert photo of Emcyte)
- EmCyte PurePRP II separation
- Micro needling (if required)
You will experience some redness to the scalp and there may be some swelling that should settle down within 24 – 48 hours. A cranial anaesthetic block is possible with our doctors to minimise discomfort.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The most obvious gains in hair regeneration and growth occurs about 2 months after each treatment and 3 treatment sessions are recommended approximately 4 – 6 weeks apart. 12 month top-ups are recommended.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
- Doctor consultation is required prior to undertaking the PRP-Procedure ($150).
- Procedure packages start at $800.
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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatments for Hair Growth
How many treatments are required?
Most patients need 4 treatments, spaced one month apart to begin the growth process. To maintain the good results patients should have one treatment every 6 months. PRP is not a cure for baldness. The genetic condition will always remain. However, there is evidence that regular treatments can significantly slow down hair loss and increase hair density.
Is PRP for hair restoration process time consuming?
No, collecting the PRP usually only takes 10-15 minutes. And injecting PRP takes as little as 3-5 minutes. (Do plan to be in the office for an hour for paperwork, discussions with the provider and the procedure.)
Does the procedure hurt?
There are 10-15 shots into the scalp. You may experience pressure with the injections. Some people will have a headache the next day secondary to the injections. There are no restrictions on activity or downtime. But we do advise to avoid hair coloring for 48 hours.
How much does it cost and when can it be done?
The cost is $500 per treatment. Ask about our package pricing! You may have PRP at the time of your appointment or schedule at your convenience.
PRP Injection Cost
Debunking the Myths Surrounding PRP Injection Cost
“How much does a PRP injection cost?” This may be the question you’ve been asking about PRP therapy. Or, it’s better to ask yourself what is the cost of not getting the latest non-surgical procedure. Innovative treatments that can help you repair muscle damage and other painful conditions such as tendonitis and osteoarthritis.
Surgical procedures often have long wait times, and drawn-out recovery periods. You may also notice a high rate of recurring visits to remedy ineffective surgery. That’s where PRP injections are different. PRP therapy uses platelets containing growth factor from your own plasma which has been concentrated to a potent level. And, can be administered through a simple injection procedure.
But, be wary of cheap imitators of PRP injection treatments. Seek advice from an experienced orthopedic surgeon who knows the musculoskeletal system, and has experience operating on knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows regularly. You may also want to look for a practitioner who is trained in using diagnostic imaging devices to guide a needle with precision to your injury.
Compare the PRP Injection Cost to the Alternatives
PRP therapy is becoming ever more popular to repair damaged muscle injuries in the body. And, more people are realizing the benefit of PRP injection cost over conventional surgical procedures. But if you’re worried about the cost of this pain removal procedure, then consider the alternatives.
A better judgment of the PRP injection cost is to compare the expense to the ineffectiveness of conventional treatments. These options may include muscle repair surgery and procedures. Dennis Cardone is a doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU. He says that the out of pocket cost of PRP injections may seem steep. But, it may, in fact, be much cheaper than you think. “A good general rule would probably be at least two to three months of other failing therapies.”
Surgeries like knee replacement, tendon repair surgery, and ineffective osteoarthritis treatments have limited effectiveness. You may also have to deal with high re-visit rates, and long recovery periods. The PRP injection cost is small in comparison to the ongoing costs of the alternatives.
You Can Get Insurance to Cover Some of the PRP Costs
Patients are often concerned that PRP injection costs are higher as compared to other treatments, especially since insurance plans don’t cover PRP. Like the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons explain, that’s probably because PRP results vary from patient to patient depending on individual healing capabilities.
However, insurance providers may cover some of the PRP therapy costs such as consultation fees, diagnostic tests, and other medical expenses. Request your medical practitioner to provide you an itemized bill. You can show this bill to the insurance agent and find out about the costs that the company may carry. In this way, you can lower some of the out-of-pocket charges you pay.
Here are the Typical Charges for PRP Treatments
Typically, PRP treatment costs range from $400 to $1100, though the initial injection may be more expensive as compared to follow-up procedures. Given the comprehensive costs of medications, physical therapy, rehab, and day-to-day assistance you may need, PRP therapy is more economical and effective on a long-term basis. New developments in the field may allow doctors to perform PRP injections at costs lower than $100.
PRP Injection Costs May Depend on the Specific Treatment
Are you wondering how much do PRP shots cost? PRP costs can vary according to the specific ailment for which you’re seeking treatment, individual practitioners and the particular state where you live. For instance, ABC News 7 reports from San Francisco that PRP hair treatments can cost you $900 for the first session with an entire package of 3 sessions costing $2,500. Here’s another example, The Washington Post reports that PRP injection knee costs can range from $500 to $1,200 per session.
As mentioned earlier, the field of PRP is constantly evolving with researchers developing cheaper methods and kits that can create the serum at lower costs than before. You’ll find that PRP injection costs are within your reach with far more effective and long-lasting results as compared to conventional treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions About PRP Cost
A PRP Facial can cost anywhere from $900 to $2,500. PRP Facials typically cost slightly more than other types of PRP, since this treatment also includes the cost of microneedling, which is a minimum of $600 to $1,000. The most important factor for the cost is the provider and his/her credentials. Like most cosmetic procedures, PRP for hair loss is not covered by insurance. Some insurances cover the cost of PRP for medical reasons, but not for hair treatment. A single treatment starts at about $500 for a single visit but most doctors recommend several rounds of treatment. The average cost of PRP Injections can vary from $500 for a single doctor\’s visit, to about $2,000. Some treatments can cost as much as $5,000. The primary factors that determine the cost are the number of vials of blood that are drawn, the type of area being treated, and the provider doing the injections. PRP for cosmetic reasons is almost never covered by insurance. PRP for orthopedics and other health reasons, may be covered by some insurance companies. If the specific procedure is covered by insurance, they will typically cover the cost of the office visit, as well as the procedure.
PRP Hair Treatment Sydney
Our Director James Nadin is featured in a this Beauty Crew article explaining PRP.
What is PRP?
Our body’s blood is constantly circulating – providing us with nutrition, oxygen, and waste removal. Blood is mostly liquid, with numerous cells and proteins suspended in it.
The liquid called plasma makes up about half the content of our blood. Plasma contains antibodies & transports nutrients such as salts, protein and enzymes throughout the body. Blood plasma also contains Platelets that in turn contain growth factors that repair damage and injuries.
PRP is derived from our own blood plasma concentrated with platelets. These concentrated platelets contain the proteins and growth factors needed to stimulate hair follicle growth, increase circulation to hair follicles and decrease the inflammation that accelerates hair loss.
The Crown Clinic only uses high quality PRP products and conducts the treatments in a sterile, clinical environment. This is a complete system designed to deliver an increased concentration of bioactive factors and proteins. Each component of the system has been optimised to assure the quality and efficacy of the product, for significant regenerative results. Substituting PRP approved materials for normal blood collecting tubes, or different anticoagulants, can alter the pH and behaviour of the final product.
How does it work?
The scalp is cleansed and numbing cream applied. While the scalp is prepared, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. This blood is then centrifuged to separate the blood components and produce the PRP which in turn is either injected or infused into the areas of hair loss. Patients are able to resume normal activities after this procedure.
All PRP treatments are performed in a sterile environment with our highly trained and experienced Registered Nurse / Phlebotomist.
PRP harnesses the growth factors carried in the blood supply and then delivers a concentrated dose back to the affected scalp and hair follicles. The growth factors in the platelets stimulate the follicles to grow hair. The hair follicles in the resting phase (telogen) may be pushed into growth, and this will appear as new hair growth.
PRP can be helpful in:
- slowing the rate of hair loss
- regrowing thinning hair to be thicker and fuller
- boosting the health and condition of the scalp
- stimulating collagen levels
- preparing the scalp for hair transplantation & post hair transplantation
PRP can also assist in the treatment of skin and scalp conditions such as:
- dry, itchy and inflamed scalp
- genetic hair loss
- alopecia areata
- telogen effluvium (commonly caused by stress)
Contact us now to book in for your free consultation!
Hair loss: Diagnosis and treatment
Dermatologist examining a patient with hair loss
To find out what’s causing your hair loss, a dermatologist may use a tool called a dermascope to get a closer look.
Effective treatment for hair loss begins with finding the cause. To get an accurate diagnosis, it helps to see a board-certified dermatologist. These doctors have in-depth knowledge about the many causes of hair loss and experience treating the diverse causes.
How do dermatologists find out what’s causing hair loss?
To pinpoint the cause of your hair loss, a dermatologist begins by gathering information. Your dermatologist will:
Ask questions. It’s important to know how long you’ve had hair loss and whether it came on quickly.
Look closely at your scalp, nails, any other area with hair loss. This exam provides vital clues about what’s happening.
Test the health of your hair. Gently pulling on your hair tells your dermatologist a lot about how your hair is growing and whether it’s prone to breaking.
If your dermatologist suspects that the cause of your hair loss could be a disease, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, or infection, you may need a blood test or scalp biopsy. These tests can be done in your dermatologist’s office.
Once your dermatologist has this information, it’s often possible to tell you what’s causing your hair loss.
Sometimes, your dermatologist needs more information. This might be the case if someone has more than one cause. For example, a woman may have had a baby a few months ago, and this may be causing obvious hair shedding. She may also have early hereditary loss, which isn’t so obvious.
No one hair loss treatment works for everyone
Once your dermatologist finds the cause(s), your dermatologist will tell you whether treatment is recommended. Sometimes, your hair will regrow on its own, making treatment unnecessary.
When hair may regrow on its own
Yes, your hair may regrow on its own. This can happen if you recently:
Had a baby
Recovered from a major illness or had surgery
Underwent cancer treatment
Lost 20 pounds or more
Developed a mild case of a disease called alopecia areata, which causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles
Got rid of psoriasis on your scalp
Your dermatologist can tell you whether your hair may start to grow again on its own.
Sometimes to see regrowth, you need to make some changes.
Changing your hair care (or hairstyle) may help
Some hairstyles and hair care habits can damage hair, leading to hair loss. If your dermatologist finds that this may be causing your hair loss, your dermatologist can recommend changes that will help you stop damaging your hair.
You’ll find tips that dermatologists give their patients at:
African American hair: Tips for everyday care
Hairstyles that pull can lead to hair loss
How to stop damaging your hair
When do dermatologists recommend treatment for hair loss?
While your hair may regrow on its own, your dermatologist may recommend treatment to help it grow more quickly. Sometimes, treatment is essential to prevent further hair loss.
A treatment plan for hair loss may include one or more of the following.
At-home treatments for hair loss
At-home treatments offer convenience, and you can buy many of them without a prescription. Because studies show that the following can help, your dermatologist may include one (or more) in your at-home treatment plan.
Minoxidil (Rogaine®): To use minoxidil, you apply it to the scalp as directed, usually once or twice a day.
When used as directed, minoxidil can:
Stimulate hair growth
Prevent further hair loss
Minoxidil tends to be more effective when used along with another treatment for hair loss. Many people see some regrowth when using minoxidil, but it takes time to see results, usually about 3 to 6 months.
Should you see regrowth, you will need to keep using it every day. Once you stop applying it, hair loss returns.
Minoxidil can help early hair loss; it cannot regrow an entire head of hair.
Laser for at-home use: You can buy laser caps and combs to treat hair loss at home. While only a few studies have looked at these devices, the results are promising.
In one study, more than 200 men and women who had hereditary hair loss were given either a laser hair comb or a sham device that looked like a laser comb. The patients used the device that they were given 3 times per week for 26 weeks.
The researchers found that some patients using the laser rather than the sham device saw overall thicker and fuller hair.
It’s important to understand that not everyone who used a laser saw regrowth.
More studies are needed to find out who is most likely to benefit from this treatment and whether these devices cause long-term side effects.
Microneedling: A microneedling device contains hundreds of tiny needles. A few studies have shown that it can help stimulate hair growth. In one study, men between the ages of 20 and 35 years old who had mild or moderate hereditary hair loss were treated with either:
5% minoxidil twice a day
5% minoxidil twice a day plus weekly microneedling
After 12 weeks of treatment, the patients treated with minoxidil and microneedling had significantly more hair growth.
Other studies have shown that using microneedling along with another treatment, including platelet-rich plasma or a corticosteroid that you apply to the thinning area, helps improve hair growth.
While you can buy a microneedling device without a prescription, it’s best to check with your dermatologist first. Microneedling can worsen some conditions. It’s also important to get the right microneedling device.
The devices used for hair loss contain longer needles than the those used to treat the skin.
Procedures to help regrow hair
While at-home treatments offer convenience, a procedure performed by a board-certified dermatologist tends to be more effective. For this reason, your dermatologist may include one of the following in your treatment plan.
Injections of corticosteroids: To help your hair regrow, your dermatologist injects this medication into the bald (or thinning) areas. These injections are usually given every 4 to 8 weeks as needed, so you will need to return to your dermatologist’s office for treatment.
This is considered the most effective treatment for people who have a few patches of alopecia areata, a condition that causes hair loss. In one study of 127 patients with patchy alopecia areata, more than 80% who were treated with these injections had at least half of their hair regrow within 12 weeks.
Hair transplant: If you have an area of thinning or balding due to male (or female) pattern baldness, your dermatologist may mention a hair transplant as an option. This can be an effective and permanent solution.
To learn more, go to: A hair transplant can give you permanent, natural-looking results.
Laser therapy: If using minoxidil every day or taking medication to treat hair loss seems unappealing to you, laser therapy may be an option. Also called low-level laser therapy, a few studies suggest that this may help:
Hereditary hair loss
Hair loss due to chemotherapy
Stimulate healing and hair growth after a hair transplant
Studies indicate that laser therapy is safe and painless but requires many treatment sessions. To see a bit of hair growth, you may need several treatments a week for many months.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): Studies show that this can be a safe and effective hair loss treatment. PRP involves drawing a small amount of your blood, placing your blood into a machine that separates it into parts, and then injecting one part of your blood (the plasma) into the area with hair loss.
The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and usually doesn’t require any downtime.
You will need to return for repeat injections. Most patients return once a month for 3 months and then once every 3 to 6 months.
Within the first few months of treatment, you may notice that you are losing less or minimal amounts of hair.
Prescription medication that can regrow hair
Another treatment option is to take prescription medication. The type of medication prescribed will depend on your:
Hair loss cause
Plans for getting pregnant
With any medication, side effects are possible. Ask your dermatologist about possible side effects that you might experience while taking one of these medications to treat hair loss. The medications include:
Finasteride (Propecia®): The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication to treat male pattern hair loss. When taken as directed, finasteride can:
Slow down hair loss
Stimulate new hair growth
Finasteride is a pill that you take once a day. Taking it at the same time each day seems to produce the best results.
Finasteride: Before and after
This man took finasteride to treat his male pattern hair loss, and within 1 year (B), he had noticeable improvement. After 2 years (C), he had regrown most of his hair.
Like other treatments for hair loss, this, too, takes time to work. It usually takes about 4 months to notice any improvement.
Finasteride tends to be more effective if you begin taking it when you first notice hair loss. A dermatologist may also prescribe this medication to treat a woman who has hereditary hair loss and cannot get pregnant.
If finasteride works for you, you will need to keep taking it to continue getting results. Once you stop, you’ll start losing hair again. Before taking this medication, be sure to discuss possible side effects with your dermatologist.
Spironolactone: For women who have female pattern hair loss, this medication may be an option. It can:
Stop further hair loss
Increase hair thickness
Studies indicate that this medication is effective in about 40% for women who have female pattern hair loss. In one study of 166 women taking spironolactone, 42% said they had mild improvement, and 31% reported increased thickness.
It’s essential that you not become pregnant while taking spironolactone. This medication can cause birth defects. To prevent pregnancy, your dermatologist will also prescribe a birth control pill if it’s possible for you to get pregnant.
Other medications: If you have an infection or painful inflammation, your dermatologist can prescribe medication to treat these.
For example, if you have a type of hair loss called frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA), which can cause painful inflammation, your dermatologist may prescribe an antibiotic and antimalarial medication. Scalp ringworm, which is caused by a fungus, requires antifungal medication.
Vitamins, minerals, and other supplements
If your blood test reveals that you’re not getting enough biotin, iron, or zinc, your dermatologist may recommend taking a supplement. If you’re not getting enough protein, your dermatologist can tell you how to boost your intake.
You should only take biotin, iron, or zinc when your blood test shows that you have a deficiency. If your levels are normal, taking a supplement can be harmful. For example, if you take too much iron, you can develop iron poisoning. Early signs of this include stomach pain and vomiting.
Other supplements meant to help with hair loss tend to contain a lot of one nutrient. Because this can cause you to get too much of the nutrient, many dermatologists recommend taking a multivitamin instead.
Wigs and concealers
Do you feel uncomfortable taking medication? Does your schedule limit the amount of time you have for treatment? Is the cost of treatment, which insurance generally will not cover, too expensive?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your dermatologist may recommend a wig or concealer.
While these cannot slow hair loss or help you regrow hair, they can boost your self-esteem. Another advantage is that a wig or concealer offers immediate results.
Many types of wigs, including ones that can be custom-made for you, are available. If you’re looking for a concealer, such as a spray or powder that can hide hair loss, you’ll find many products available online. With endless choices, it can be helpful to have a dermatologist guide you in selecting one.
What is the outcome for someone who has hair loss?
With an accurate diagnosis, many people who have hair loss can see hair regrowth. If you need treatment for regrowth, the earlier you start, the more likely you are to see regrowth.
It’s important to understand that:
Not every type of hair loss can be treated, but a dermatologist may be able to prevent further hair loss.
It can take months before you see results from treatment.
No one treatment works for everyone, even two people with the same type of hair loss.
Sometimes, hair loss is stubborn and requires trying different treatments before finding one that works.
Self-care also plays an essential role in preventing and treating hair loss. To find out what dermatologists recommend, go to Hair loss: Self-care.
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PRP Therapy in Australia
PRP is made from a small sample of your own blood, which is composed of platelets and plasma. Platelets are tiny cells that are partially responsible for causing blood to clot. The process involves concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample.
These concentrated platelets contain significant growth and wound healing factors, which are natural components of your body that may enhance and accelerate your body’s normal healing process. While a normal concentration of platelets circulating in your blood is 200,000 per micro litre, the platelet count in PRP can exceed 2 million platelets per micro litre.
PRP is the only available product that contains elevated levels of all your naturally occurring growth factors, making it extremely useful for men and women’s hair restoration programs.
Is this a new technology?
No, it is not. Clinically, PRP has been used for over two decades. Leading clinicians in specialties such as dentistry, ear nose and throat (ENT), facial reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular, plastic surgery, and wound healing routinely use PRP to deliver a cocktail of natural bioactive growth factors. It has since made its way into the hair restoration industry in Australia.
Is the PRP procedure in Australia safe?
Yes, it is. As the blood sample is made up of your own blood, it is therefore protected from the risk of disease transmission. The procedure will also be performed by our doctors, to ensure that it goes smoothly.
What are growth factors?
A growth factor is basically a natural occurring substance that can stimulate growth at a cellular level. Platelets contain potent growth factors necessary to begin tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.
How is PRP made?
The surgeon draws approximately 20-50cc of your blood and places it in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then further centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and hence your natural growth factors.
Uses of PRP in hair transplants and growth
The potential benefits of PRP include the preservation and enhancement of hair follicle viability during and after hair transplantation. It can also promote and enhance tissue repair and healing after hair transplantation. Plus, PRP can reinvigorate dormant hair follicles thus stimulating hair growth.
You can also arrange for a consultation to talk to Dr Chan to better understand the procedures of the surgery.
To learn more about the PRP procedure and its costs in Australia, call us on 02 8591 379o and book a consultation with our leading clinic today!
How much will PRP cost me?
Each PRP therapy session will cost $800. It usually requires 3 to 6 sessions one month apart initially. Result should start to be evident at around 6 to 9 months. Result varies between individual. Thereafter, result is usually maintained at one session every 6 to 10 month.
For more information on the PRP therapy, costs, or any other hair loss treatments we offer in Australia, contact us on 02 8591 3790 today.
PRP Article from Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty magazine
What is Growth Cell Therapy Treatment?
- Growth Cell Therapy is obtained from the patients own blood and consists essentially of platelets and other blood components such as plasma, vitamins and minerals.
- Platelets are responsible for healing and contain active molecules called growth factors, which allow for the natural healing of damaged tissues.
- Growth Cell Therapy involves concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample.
- A normal concentration of platelets circulating in your blood is 200,000 per microlitre, the platelet count in Growth Cell Therapy can exceed 1 million platelets per microlitre.
- Growth Cell Therapy’ is the only available product that contains elevated levels of naturally occurring growth factors that help stimulate hair follicles making it extremely useful for men and women’s hair restoration programs.
- The primary purpose of using Growth Cell Therapy’ in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
Growth Cell Therapy’ preliminary studies indicate patients respond to Growth Cell Therapy’ therapy well. Larger clinical studies are pending but the current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. Growth Cell Therapy as a non-surgical option offers patients with miniaturization and hair thinning improvement in hair calibre and thickness, of course, individual results vary with each patient.
Advantages of Growth Cell Therapy’
- Before Growth Cell Therapy After Growth Cell Therapy
Naturally stimulates hair growth
- Increases hair volume, density and fullness
- Increases survival and strengthening of existing hair
- Improves hair quality
- Decreases hair loss
- Overall high patient satisfaction
- The only non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment that has proven its efficacy
- Can be used in conjunction with other therapies and medications for hair loss
The Science of Growth Cell Therapy
Growth Cell Therapy System for Optimal Platelet Recovery
The concentrated platelets found in Growth Cell Therapy can theoretically cause the growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the microenvironment of the hair follicle. Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the Growth Cell Therapy contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
The Growth Cell Therapy treatment takes about 60 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.
- A blood sample (8-25ml) is collected in a similar way to a blood test
- Centrifugation and separation of blood constituents
- Ready-to-use Growth Cell Therapy is recovered into a syringe
- Ready-to-use Growth Cell Therapy can now be re-injected into the scalp (subdermal 1.5-2.5mm).
- LLL therapy is given
What type of Alopecia can be treated?
- Androgenic Alopecia: a major form of hair loss, mainly due to hormonal disturbances;
- Diffuse Alopecia: caused by a physiological change such as stress, nutrient deficiencies, etc;
- Alopecia Areata: autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the scalp
How many sessions are needed?
Advanced Hair Clinic has studied current research for optimal treatment regimes for hair restoration. Results showed that a significant increase in the rate of hair growth was observed between the 3rd and 6th months. Hair density followed a rising trend with a remarkable peak at 3 months. Patients with II-III grade of alopecia had better results compared to patients with more advanced alopecia
- Initial Growth Cell Therapy at weeks 0, 3, 6 and 12
- Booster Growth Cell Therapy at 6 and 12 months from the start of treatment
- Maintenance treatments bi-annually (dependent on the outcome)
- Low-level laser to be used in conjunction with Growth Cell Therapy to enhance platelet activation.
Hair Density After Growth Cell Therapy Treatment
The Growth Cell Therapy Treatment
- Initial consultation to determine areas of hair loss to be treated, medical history, photographic record and pre-procedure instructions and tips.
- Day of the procedure –
- The scalp is prepared with an antiseptic solution
- A topical analgesic cream is placed on the area to be treated to numb the scalp
- Blood is taken from the patient and centrifuged in preparation for injection
- Small injections of the Growth Cell Therapy deliver the platelet-derived growth factors into the skin at the level of the weak follicles. Micro-needling is performed.
- A session of Low-Level Laser Therapy is performed before the patient leaves the office.
Is there a Recovery Period or Downtime after Growth Cell Therapy Treatments?
- Before Growth Cell Therapy After Growth Cell Therapy
There is no activity restriction after a Growth Cell Therapy treatment.
- Patients may shower/shampoo/condition their hair normally just several hours after the treatment and resume normal daily and athletic activities.
- Some brief mild inflammation noticeable as redness/pinkness and numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours.
- No harsh chemical colouring or perming treatments should be performed for at least 72 hours.
- Use of topical hair growth treatments like Minoxidil or similar can resume the next day.
Are there any factors that would make someone ineligible for Growth Cell Therapy?
- The vast majority of healthy individuals can easily undergo Growth Cell Therapy treatments.
- Certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, the presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or hemodynamic instability and/or anticoagulation therapy are contraindicated.
- Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to Growth Cell Therapy depending on the number of weak hair follicles present in each zone. Generally, with the exception of small round areas of alopecia areata, locations, where severe depletion of follicles has occurred, should not be treated.
To find out more about the cause of your hair loss and the available treatments, contact Advanced Hair Studio today for a Complimentary Advanced Hair Check.
Before and after Growth Cell Therapy Before and After Growth Cell Therapy
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Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a process taking your blood, spinning it a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the from the plasma. This platelet rich plasma is then injected into your skin. The platelets become activated to release growth factors, attracting stem cells to produce healthy skin cells and new collagen. It is a simple & safe treatment that delivers amazing long lasting results.
Regenerate and rejuvenate
PRP is the ultimate biological skin rejuvenation treatment, as it utilises your own cells in the form of platelet-rich plasma to regenerate new skin tissue.
This new approach appeals to clients seeking a more natural method to facial rejuvenation. This is also referred to as Autologous Cellular Regeneration (ACR), an aesthetic practice, which is safe and effective.
PRP is the name given to blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are components of blood integral in blood clotting and tissue repair. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain large doses of bioactive proteins (known as growth factors) that are pivotal in the repair and regeneration of tissues. These special proteins also initiate new blood vessel formation, bone regeneration and healing, connective tissue repair and endorse overall wound healing.
PRP ‘Skin Regeneration Therapy’ utilises this concept of biological stimulation to regenerate new skin tissue. The growth factors released from the concentrated platelets activate resident stem cells and dormant skin cells. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production and epithelial cell growth resulting in a dramatic improvement in skin health and appearance. Because your own plasma is used, there is no danger of disease transmission or allergic reaction.
WHICH FACIAL AND BODY AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
- Around the eyes – for the thin crepey skin and fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Cheeks and Mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw Line and Sub Malar
- Back of hands
- Other Body Areas knees, elbows, upper arms, post baby tummy
Before and After – Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for Hair Regrowth – by Michelle
PRP HAIR REJUVENATION
Whether it is genetic, due to stress, bad hair care or any medical condition – hair loss (Alopecia) is a prime concern for many men and women these days. But with advances in the field and adequate research, various new techniques have been developed to help.
A major advancement in alopecia treatment is regarding cell therapy investigations, which are already being applied in the treatment of hair loss and has produced good results. This includes the platelet-rich plasma combined with growth factors presented in Dermapen as a treatment.
In recent studies, the platelet-rich plasma (also called “PRP”) is revolutionary in various fields of medicine, such as sports medicine, aesthetic medicine and ulcer treatment. Now it is being combined and applied with Dermapen and has shown to be a revolutionary treatment in the aesthetic field, which as a whole has been utilized in treating alopecia and produced good results.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A. This new technique involves intradermal injection of growth factors – active proteins produced by human cells that are found in greater proportions in platelets. It is a protein complex derived from platelet-rich plasma obtained from the patient by blood collection and subsequent centrifugation. Subsequent to obtaining the PRP, the doctor first applies Dermapen, producing an initial stimulation and activation of scalp cells and hair follicles, then PRP subsequently is applied to the scalp through microinjections directly into the area where thinning and/or hair loss is observed. Growth Factors Platelet Rich Plasma activates the hair root, improving hair quality and ceasing its loss.
The PRP is prepared with the patient’s own blood in a sterile method. It does not require any special preparation on the patient’s behalf before treatment. The entire procedure takes about 60 minutes. After treatment, the client can continue with his/her normal activities.
The amount and frequency of sessions varies according to each case. In general, we recommend one session per month for three consecutive months. Depending on the results, it is advisable to repeat some maintenance sessions at 3, 4 or 6 months after completion of initial treatment.
A. Throughout the past year, some scientific publications have been reported in which the authors show the relationship between PRP + Dermapen for alopecia and its beneficial results. A. It is an extremely safe procedure, since the PRP and growth factors used are autologous; in other words, the client provides them for their own treatment (client’s blood is withdrawn and placed in a machine which spins the tubes to separate the red blood cells from the plasma). Growth factors are specific to each individual tissue, which makes this system a personalised treatment, avoiding the risk of infection or allergic reactions, and eliminates issues with compatibility.
Dermapen, it is a safe treatment with minimal side effects: possible reactions are redness and mild bleeding that occurs under the skin and is unnoticeable.
Treatment is fully compatible with other oral treatments for alopecia.
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