One of the latest trends in skin care in recent months has been the “vampire facial” where skin cells are rejuvenated naturally by using PRP, platelet rich plasma derived from your own blood. This natural, non-surgical approach is now gaining more and more popularity in another highly sought-after treatment - hair restoration. Here are some quick facts about PRP for hair loss and how it works:

What causes hair loss in men and women? 
Hereditary hair loss is the most common cause of both male and female-pattern baldness. It is a natural condition, driven by a combination of genetics, hormone levels and the aging process. Also referred to as androgenetic alopecia, this type of hair loss is predictable in pattern and does not discriminate among genders – for every five men experiencing hair loss, three women are also affected. Bottom line? Almost all men and women will experience hair thinning or hair loss as they age.

Who is the best candidate for PRP for hair loss?
While there is a growing body of evidence from recent studies suggesting that PRP treatment is an effective treatment for hair loss, clients who have “weak quality” hair growth on the scalp seem to have the greatest success with PRP hair restoration treatments. This means you’re more likely to have a better result if your hair follicles are still functioning in some capacity.
  
How does the procedure work?
The treatment begins with blood being drawn from your arm, similar to a routine blood test. The tube of blood is then put into a machine called a centrifuge that spins the blood, separating the red blood cells from the plasma. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. There are many growth factors found in PRP that have been proven to stimulate the hair follicle’s growth and thicken thinned out hair.
 

The procedure itself usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. It is quite tolerable however for sensitive clients, a numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment. There is no pain afterwards and no recovery time.
 
How many treatments are required and how much does it cost?
To experience the best results, you will need to be consistent in scheduling your treatments. PRP treatment for hair loss typically requires three to four sessions scheduled about a month apart. To maintain results, you’ll probably want to have a treatment performed every six months after your initial sessions.
 
Is it safe?
Because it is derived from your own blood, PRP is an especially safe option with virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.
 
How soon can you see results?
Results will vary from patient to patient. About 2 weeks after treatment, you may start noticing thicker hair as well as new hair growth in the treated area. Measurable results take longer to show – usually three to six months from your initial treatment.

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for hair regrowth is not a quick fix and does require a commitment. It definitely is a promising treatment option with growing scientific research being published promoting its hair restoration benefits.

Interested in learning more about PRP for hair loss or our Vampire Facial? Visit APT today for a Complimentary Consultation with one of our skin care specialists.