Here at Alpha Male Clinic we treat hair loss with (PRP) Platelet rich Plasma. This treatment when hair loss results from androgenetic alopecia, a common condition that causes hair follicles to shrink. In males, this is called pattern baldness.
To understand how PRP works, it is important to be aware of the role that platelets play in healing.
Platelets are a component of blood, along with red and white blood cells. When a person sustains a cut or wound, the platelets are some of the body’s “first responders” that arrive to stop the bleeding and promote healing.
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, the tube of blood is put into 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.
It might sound scary (blood draws 7 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. Ice packs are used to minimize pain and swelling at injection sites.
Am I a candidate for PRP?
Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best.
The Results: for best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient’s response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months.
The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair. It is important to keep in mind that PRP can and should be a part of a multifaceted program to treat hair thinning and loss. Here at Alpha Male Clinic we may also prescribe Spironolactone or finasteride to help promote hair regrowth and encourage patients to use topical treatments like Rogaine foam.