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Research Demonstrates Potential of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss
Board-certified dermatologists can help patients determine the best treatment option for them
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. experience hair loss, which can have a significant impact on the quality of life. There is more hope on the horizon, however, as a growing amount of research indicates that a procedure known as platelet-rich plasma therapy can provide effective treatment.
“A general body of evidence has recently emerged demonstrating a positive response from PRP treatments,” says Jeffrey Rapaport, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in New Jersey. “With consensus forming around treatment protocols, studies are indicating that PRP is a safe, effective hair loss treatment that has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life of millions of people.”
PRP therapy originated in Europe more than a decade ago and has been utilized in a variety of medical areas, including orthopedics and dentistry. The procedure involves placing blood drawn from the patient into a special machine that separates red blood cells from plasma, which is rich in platelets that contain growth factors.
In hair loss therapy, the plasma is directly injected into the patient’s hair follicles in a process that takes no more than 10 minutes, according to Dr. Rapaport. Since the procedure involves only minimal discomfort, he says, patients typically do not require any numbing or downtime following therapy.
After the initial treatment, injections are repeated once a month for the next three months, and then once every three to six months after that. Within the first few months of treatment, patients may notice they are losing less or minimal amounts of hair, Dr. Rapaport says, and soon after, they may begin to see an increase in thickness or eventual regrowth.
While not everyone is a candidate for PRP therapy, Dr. Rapaport says that it has been found to have high success and satisfaction rates in certain hair loss patients, including those with hereditary hair thinning or baldness. He recommends that those considering the procedure consult with a board-certified dermatologist to determine if it’s the right option for them, adding that PRP may be used in conjunction with other treatments to give patients the best possible results.
“Since PRP therapy has taken off, there have been a lot of non-dermatologists performing this procedure,” Dr. Rapaport says. “Only board-certified dermatologists have the medical training to identify if you are a good candidate, because this treatment will not work for everyone who experiences hair loss. Talk to a board-certified dermatologist to determine which hair loss treatment option is best for you.”
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a professional esthetic treatment to reduce the signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, texture irregularities) and acne scarring. Like the name implies, we use a device called the SkinPen to prick the skin with tiny surgical steel needles to a very specific, therapeutic depth in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen and elastin produce smoother, healthier, plumper-looking skin.
How is it different than the at-home dermarollers?
A dermaroller is a round tube with needles sticking out of it on a handle, which the user rolls back and forth across the skin repeatedly. It is designed for in-home use or superficial day spa treatments. Unfortunately, the needles eventually dull with continued use, and it is difficult to ensure that the needles are sterile each time they are used. Also, there is only one, superficial depth to which the skin is penetrated with one of these devices. The SkinPen is a medical device and SkinPen Microneedling is performed by a Licensed Esthetician with a fresh, sterile needle cartridge for each treatment. It is far more maneuverable, can be used anywhere on the body. It will not drag or tear at the skin, and needle length is adjustable, so procedures are custom tailored to each patient’s need - penetrating to a deeper more therapeutic depth.
What is the PRP add-on to microneedling?
Kim Kardashian made headlines when she posted pictures of herself receiving a “Vampire Facial®”, which is a microneedling service including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) extracted from her own blood draw, which is applied topically to the freshly treated skin. At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, you can choose to add PRP therapy to your microneedling service, for delivery of your own human growth factors deep to the skin and maximum skin rejuvenation.
How much down-time after treatment?
Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness for 2 to 4 days, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen device is used (some see their skin return to normal within 24 hours). Makeup should not be worn for 48 hours after treatment, until the tiny channels in the skin have had time to close. You will experience light peeling several days post-treatment, but nothing that is not totally manageable within your normal routine.
Does it hurt?
No. Before beginning the treatment, our Master Esthetician will cleanse your skin then apply a numbing agent to relieve any potential discomfort.
How long does it take?
Each session is approximately 1 hour long, depending on your skin condition and the size of the area being treated. Multiple sessions are most often recommended for best-case-scenario results, with the services being spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. We offer discounted treatment packages to encourage our patients to commit to the number of treatments they need to achieve their desired results.
If you would like to know more about microneedling, or think it might be just what your skin needs, take advantage of our introductory pricing and experience the skin rejuvenation trend that has swept the nation!