Baldness is a significant concern for a number of women and men, whether it's brought on by genetics, age, hormones, health conditions, or from styling practices and/or products. With current advances in research within the hair restoration industry, new procedures are being made to help fight the condition. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative nonsurgical treatment for men and women that's showing remarkable results in slowing, stopping, and even reversing baldness. PRP has also shown promising results in individuals with alopecia areata or thinning eyebrows. Dr. Ian Levenson of The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity is just one of a small number of physicians to offer this revolutionary treatment. By combining a strong solution of hair growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Levenson can help to strengthen your hair, resulting in thicker, longer, healthy locks. To learn more about PRP or "Vampire" hair restoration, contact our office in Greenwood Village, CO.
Any individual experiencing balding is potentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, while patients with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best suited for those with androgenic alopecia, an inherited type of hair loss that usually presents on the top part of the head. For women, this may appear as a broadening part with normal hair density on the backside of the scalp. Those with areas of "poor quality” hair growth of the scalp with normally reacting hair follicles usually have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth therapy.
A nonsurgical process, the PRP treatment is a brief one-hour in-office visit. The process starts with acquiring a little bit of your blood and putting it in a specialized machine, which spins the blood at high speed to remove the platelets from the rest of the blood elements. After that, a local anesthetic will be applied to your scalp and the platelet-rich plasma is introduced into areas of your head that are bald or thinning. Then, microneedling is performed on the scalp to cause micro-trauma and micro-channels to the epidermis, which triggers the PRP and allows it to seep deep into the skin. Our routine for nonsurgical management of baldness consists of a minimum of three treatments spaced one month apart and then maintenance sessions approximately every nine months to a year.
What to Expect
There is no recovery period necessary after this process with virtually no limits or constraints. In some cases, patients can develop scalp discoloration, minor swelling, and mild discomfort in the treated regions. These symptoms may last up to two days. While outcomes differ for every individual, aesthetic results are generally visible approximately 4 – 6 months after the initial session and will continue to improve for as much as a complete year following therapy. Since PRP isn't a permanent solution for reversing hair loss, follow-up sessions are recommended every 12 – 18 months. It's very important to note that PRP doesn't develop new hair follicles in areas where you're already bald. It's utilized to help 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?
PRP therapy costs will depend on many factors, including how many treatments you are getting. During your consultation, Dr. Levenson will create your PRP treatment plan to maximize your results. Then, he can discuss the cost of your PRP therapy. He will also tell you about any current specials being offered and which payment methods The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity accepts.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
Many patients combine other treatments with PRP therapy, including topical medication applied at home, microneedling, and more. Dr. Levenson will assess your scalp and level of hair loss before creating your custom PRP therapy treatment plan. He will discuss his recommendations for what in-office treatments are best for your hair loss and any home products that might help between appointments.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
Most patients need at least three PRP treatments performed one month apart to see results. Your specific PRP therapy program will depend on the degree of hair loss and your goals. Based on this, Dr. Levenson can recommend how many PRP treatments you will need and how often you should schedule them to stimulate your hair growth. If your condition is more advanced, he may recommend more treatment initially, which can be performed less frequently once you begin to see results.
How effective is PRP therapy for treating hair loss?
The outcomes of your PRP therapy will depend on the severity of your hair loss, how many treatments you get, and other factors. You should also remember to be patient with your results, as it takes time for new hair growth to become visible after the PRP stimulates the process. During your consultation, Dr. Levenson will discuss if you are a good candidate and what results you can realistically expect. You may need to continue to get PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss.
Are the PRP injections painful?
While the serum is being prepared, a numbing serum will be applied to your scalp to keep you comfortable during the PRP injections. This should minimize your discomfort during the procedure, but talk to Dr. Levenson if you have any concerns or pain. Your scalp may remain numb or tingle for a while after your PRP injections, but this is temporary and normal sensation should return shortly.
Stimulate New Growth
PRP treatment is a medically and clinically backed option for those struggling to find hair loss solutions. At The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity, we strive to offer proven solutions to efficiently address hair loss. To learn more about PRP therapy, we invite you to contact our Greenwood Village, CO facility now.