Cosmetic Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss


Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
As Naturopathic doctors, our first goal is to find the root cause of your hair loss including hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disease and other causes while working to correct the underlying problem. If you suffer from alopecia areata, androgenic alopecia or are experiencing thinning, receding or other texture changes of your hair, you may be a candidate for platelet rich plasma scalp treatments for hair loss. Topical anaesthetics are used to help reduce discomfort of the treatment.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a regenerative therapy that uses the patient’s own blood to create an injectable solution containing a high concentration of platelets. To concentrate the platelets, the blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets along with some plasma (PRP) are then injected back into the treatment area. PRP contains nutrients in the plasma as well as from the platelets, which help to speed the healing process by providing a high concentration of healing factors, but also by stimulating the body to bring nutrients to the area. Growth factors released by the platelets help bring stem cells to the injured area, which can then become different types of cells that the body needs to heal. For example, chondrocytes to help heal cartilage, and endothelial cells to help promote new blood vessel formation. The benefits of PRP include increased blood flow and circulation, enhanced tissue repair and wound healing, collagen and elastin matrix remodeling, and faster recovery from injury.

How are these procedures performed?
A quick blood draw is performed, and the blood is processed in office to create the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This solution is then redistributed over the treatment area by injecting the PRP into the treatment area, either by SkinPen or manual needling. A topical numbing agent is used to reduce discomfort. The controlled micro-injury signals healing processes in the body, drawing nutrients and growth factors to the treatment area. Following hair treatments, the doctor will massage the scalp to help break up adhesions while stimulating the flow of blood and lymph to the target area.

How many treatments will I need?
Optimal results occur with a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart, depending on the target area. Single treatment sessions are available as well as packages of 3 treatments.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic PRP treatment? Call to schedule a new patient consultation with one of our doctors to see if you are a candidate. Dr. Leanne Florence, ND and Dr. Lauren Cottom, ND are trained in this therapy.