Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP, has been used for decades in orthopedics, dentistry cosmetic facial rejuvenation and now hair restoration. Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and newer studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and aging skin issues. PRP may help with hair growth in medical conditions such as Alopecia Areata.
Why are we different?
The doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa have been working with Platelet Rich Plasma for skin rejuvenation for over 8 years and have noticed new collagen growth, firmer / tighter skin, brighter complexion, less hyperpigmentation and more. Drs. Leonard Lu and Kathleen Morno have performed hundreds of hair restoration treatments safely and efficiently. Dr. Morno has been trained by Dr. Carlos Puig, the Founding Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. She also performs stem cell therapy for hair and other medical conditions.
Hair loss is a prime concern for many men and women these days – whether it is genetic, due to stress, poor haircare or any medical condition including Alopecia Areata. But with advances in the field and adequate research, various new techniques have cropped up in the market which can combat the condition with ease. Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP, is showing impressive results in reversing hair loss.
PRP has great potential to stimulate the growth of hair follicles in androgenic alopecia in both men and women. 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 will not cause new hair follicles to grow where there were none before.
PRP Injections, (platelet rich plasma), is used for hair restoration in order to achieve natural looking results. During this non-surgical procedure, your own PRP is injected with a small needle into your scalp and the growth factors within your blood cells go to work and naturally stimulate the growth of your hair. This type of procedure works for both men and women and is an alternative medical procedure that helps take care of hair loss or hair thinning.
What is PRP?
PRP, also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone tissue, rejuvenate skin tissue and stimulate hair follicles for enhanced growth.
Who should opt for PRP?
People who have thinning hair, and those with androgenetic alopecia, (hair loss at the top of the scalp and a receding hairline particularly along the temples), women with male pattern alopecia can all benefit from it.
Our hair surgeons recommend 2-3 treatments a year to keep the hair follicle in the growth phase. Your doctor may also alternate between stem cell therapy and PRP as combination treatments have shown to provide good results.
What results can I expect from PRP for hair?
Patients may notice a fuzz appearance after one session. The treatment not only promotes hair growth but also strengthens hair follicles. It is quite a safe procedure without any side-effects. Since it involves drawing out blood and multiple needle pricks, our doctors carefully anesthetize the scalp for patient’s comfort.
Who can’t opt for PRP?
Though PRP treatment yields great results for people suffering from hair loss, it’s not for everyone. People who have lost all hair cannot undergo this treatment as it does not help grow new hair on a bald patch. It can only make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles.
What are the advantages of PRP injections?
This is a non-surgical procedure that is very safe and simple to perform. The recovery period is very quick and there are extremely reliable and natural looking results.
Is the procedure painful?
Some patients may experience mild discomfort after receiving PRP injections while utilizing a topical anesthetic.
What is Alopecia Areata and Does PRP help grow new hair?
Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, the structures from which hairs grow.
Although there is no cure for alopecia areata, PRP can help stimulate hair growth, however; PRP will not prevent new patches or actually cure the underlying disease.
Free Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore and Chicago PRP Injections to the Hair
If you would like to learn more about PRP Injections to the hair or any of our other non-surgical treatments, call now to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ritacca at (847) 367-8815. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.