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5 Things to Know About PRP Hair Restoration
Dr. Ali is board certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. In this article, he discusses some surprising facts about PRP hair restoration that may be new to you.
PRP is Used for More than Hair Restoration
Using “regenerative medicine” or “growth factor injections” is very common in the sports world to speed up the healing process resulting from sports injuries. Well-known athletes such as Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Tiger Woods have used Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) to accelerate healing.
Additionally, if you keep up with the Kardashians and the like, you may have heard about the so-called “vampire facial®” which, despite the spooky sounding name, is simply a trademarked term for PRP injections used for facial rejuvenation.
Whether used for healing or for facial rejuvenation, PRP injections have been in existence for more than a decade, and basically harness the body’s own healing and restoration processes. But only in the last few years has PRP therapy been used for hair restoration.
PRP Hair Restoration has No Side Effects
One of the most exciting aspects of PRP is that it stimulates hair follicles to produce newer, thicker hair growth without side-effects, drug interactions or complications.
There is virtually no risk associated with PRP, because the process uses concentrated platelets extracted from the patient’s own body to stimulate hair growth. The physician simply replaces into the scalp the platelets that he removed from the patient’s blood. Therefore, there’s little to no chance of an allergic or adverse reaction to the PRP injections.
PRP Hair Restoration is for Men & Women
Although hair loss is most common among men, there are millions of women who also deal with thinning hair. There are various causes for the hair loss, from genetic factors to hair loss resulting from tight pony tails or heavy hair extensions. Additionally, estimates indicate that hair loss caused by “telogen effluvium” may affect as many as 40% of pregnant women.
Androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) is a genetic condition, and is the most prevalent cause of hair loss. Despite the name, androgenic alopecia affects women as well as men. In women, it most commonly takes the form of a widening part, but leaves normal hair growth at the back of the head.
PRP hair restoration has been shown to be very effective at treating thinning hair caused by either androgenic alopecia or telogen effluvium, thus providing an ideal solution for both men and women.
PRP Hair Restoration is Extremely Safe
Unlike most hair loss medications and topical hair loss supplements, PRP is completely natural, containing no chemicals.
Since PRP hair restoration uses only the body’s own 100% natural Platelet Rich Plasma it is safe for most pregnant or nursing mothers. It doesn’t interact with other medications, and can even be safe for patients with compromised immune systems.
Of course, if you are pregnant, nursing, or suffering from an underlying medical condition, always discuss PRP hair restoration with your doctor before you make your decision.
Consistency is Important with PRP Hair Restoration
In order to get the best results, we recommend that PRP hair restoration be performed about once a month for the first three to four months. Subsequently, maintenance appointments should be scheduled every six months or so, depending on your individual situation.
Most patients see results in two to three months, and the positive results will remain if an optimal and consistent maintenance schedule is followed.
PRP Hair Restoration – Birmingham, MI
To determine if PRP hair restoration is right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation with experienced Birmingham, Michigan plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali. At the consultation, Dr. Ali will help you thoroughly understand what is causing your hair loss, and will set up a customized hair restoration plan for your unique situation.
Call us today and schedule an appointment at our Birmingham, Michigan office to see if PRP hair restoration treatment is right for you.