Baldness and hair loss is a significant concern for a number of adults, whether it's brought on by genetics, age, hormones, health conditions, or from years of overstyling. With current advances in research within the hair restoration industry, new procedures are being made to help fight the problem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a premier, nonsurgical procedure for individuals that is showing remarkable effects in slowing, stopping, and reversing baldness. PRP has shown promising results in individuals with alopecia areata, or thinning eyebrows. Dr. A. D. Thakkar of Youthology Med Spa is just one of a small number of hair restorers to perform this revolutionary treatment in Roanoke, TX. By blending a strong solution of hair growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Thakkar can help strengthen your hair, resulting in thicker, longer, healthy locks.
Any person suffering from balding is potentially an excellent candidate for PRP hair therapy while patients with early hair loss typically yield the most favorable results. PRP is best suited for those with androgenic alopecia, an inherited type of hair loss that commonly presents on the top part of the head. For women, this can sometimes appear as a broadening part with regular hair density on the backside of the scalp. Those with poor quality hair growth with normal-reacting hair follicles have the greatest results with PRP hair regrowth therapy.
The PRP treatment is typically a brief 1-hour in-office visit. The session starts by drawing a little bit of your blood and putting it in a specialized machine that circulates the blood at high speed to remove the platelets from the remainder of the blood elements. After that, a local anesthetic will be used on your scalp, and the platelet-rich plasma is injected into parts of your scalp that are bald or thinning. Microneedling is then performed on the scalp to cause micro-trauma and micro-channels to the epidermis, which triggers the PRP and enables it to seep deep into the skin. Our routine for nonsurgical management of baldness includes an initial therapy and maintenance therapies about every 9 – 12 months.
What to Expect
There is very little of a recovery period necessary after this process, and the procedure itself has almost no limits or constraints. However, patients can develop some discoloration, minor swelling, and mild discomfort to the treated regions. These symptoms might last up to 2 days. While outcomes differ for every individual, aesthetic results are most often noticed approximately 4 – 6 months after the initial session and may continue to improve for as much as a complete year following therapy. Since PRP isn't a permanent option for reversing hair loss, follow-up sessions are highly recommended every 12 – 18 months. It's necessary to remember that PRP doesn't develop new hair follicles in places where you're already bald — it's utilized to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will create fuller, healthier, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy for hair cost?
The cost of your PRP hair therapy will depend on the number of procedures you intend to receive and the size of the area being treated. After your initial consultation, Dr. Thakkar can discuss the various payment methods we accept.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
It is common to combine PRP therapy for hair with other procedures, such as microneedling or at-home treatments. Before developing your customized PRP hair therapy treatment plan, Dr. Thakkar will assess the condition of your scalp. From there, he will give you his recommendations on what in-office hair treatments would best fit your needs and goals, as well as how many you will require to achieve your desired end results.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
Typically, most patients see the best results with 3 procedures spaced 1 month apart. The amount of overall procedures you will require will depend heavily on the condition of your hair, the degree of your hair loss, and your end goals. Dr. Thakkar will consider all of this when he suggests how many procedures you will require to most effectively stimulate your hair growth. He may recommend more treatments initially if your hair loss is more significant, but the procedures can begin to be performed less frequently once you begin to notice results.
How effective is PRP therapy at treating hair loss?
Your procedure results will depend on your degree of hair loss, the number of treatments you receive, as well as various other factors. It is recommended that you be patient when noticing results because it takes time for the hair growth to be noticeable after your PRP treatment has stimulated the process. Dr. Thakkar will tell you if you are a good candidate for the procedure during your consultation, and he will let you know what results you can realistically expect. You may need to continue to receive PRP hair therapy after your initial series of treatments to maintain your results and reduce future hair loss.
Are the PRP injections painful?
While your PRP serum is being prepared, a numbing cream will be applied to reduce the potential for discomfort during your injections. You can discuss any concerns you may have about pain with Dr. Thakkar before your procedure so that he can effectively address your anxieties. It is common for your scalp to feel numb or tingle after the procedure. However, normal sensations should return within a few days.
Stimulate New Growth
PRP treatment is a clinically backed choice for people struggling with hair loss. At Youthology Med Spa, we are proud to offer innovative solutions to efficiently address hair loss. To hear more about PRP treatment sessions, we ask you to contact attending physician Dr. A. D. Thakkar at our Roanoke, TX facility.