Thinning hair is a common complaint, and while there are many options to treat hair loss 一 topical creams, medicated shampoos, oral medications, and surgical hair transplants 一 it can be hard to determine which treatment is right for you.
To compound matters, some treatments cease working as soon as you stop using the cream or taking the medication. Other treatments, such as hair transplants, can cause scarring at the donor site.
Enter platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration. PRP hair restoration is a nonsurgical procedure designed to treat androgenic alopecia without medications, incisions, or transplants.
Below, Dr. Stuart Kauffman and our team here at PRP in Philadelphia share five benefits of PRP injections for hair restoration.
1. Minimal discomfort without any incisions
Although traditional hair transplant surgery requires incisions, PRP hair restoration doesn’t. As a nonsurgical procedure, PRP hair restoration doesn’t involve any cutting, incisions, or transplants. Instead, the procedure only involves a blood draw (similar to the one you receive during your annual check-up) and quick injections to your scalp with a small insulin syringe.
2. No downtime
Nonsurgical hair restoration is convenient. PRP hair restoration doesn’t require any downtime. After your procedure, you can drive yourself home and resume your daily activities without any disruption to your schedule.
3. Effective treatment with a high success rate
PRP hair restoration provides effective results with a high success rate thanks to PRP’s ability to encourage cell growth. According to a 2015 study, PRP hair restoration can:
- Improve the thickness of hair
- Increase the number of hairs
- Improve the strength of each hair
In another study, participants who received PRP injections had better results than those who received only medication (minoxidil).
4. All-natural treatment
Not only is PRP effective, but it’s also safe. That’s because PRP injections are made from your own blood.
During each session, Dr. Kauffman first prepares your PRP serum by separating your blood platelets from your red and white blood cells with a centrifuge. The platelets are then thickened into a gel. Once your serum is ready, Dr. Kauffman administers it directly into areas with thinning hair.
PRP injections don’t contain any synthetic ingredients or medications. This is called an autologous (coming from your own body) injection, and because of this, it greatly reduces your risk of an allergic reaction.
5. Boost self-esteem
Multiple studies have linked female-pattern hair loss and male-pattern hair loss to decreased confidence and lowered self-esteem.
The combination of decreased confidence and lowered self-esteem contributes to a decreased quality of life, according to a 2019 study published in the International Journal of Trichology. Researchers noted that hair loss particularly affects self-perception and enjoyment of interpersonal relationships.
Hair restoration can help address these concerns. One of the most important benefits of PRP hair restoration is that it can boost your self-confidence.
Is hair restoration right for you?
If you’re tired of using topical products or aren’t happy with medications, consider PRP hair restoration for customized, long-lasting results. You might consider PRP hair restoration if you:
- Have androgenic alopecia
- Notice thinning hair
- Aren’t happy with your current treatments
To learn more about PRP hair restoration or to find out if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office. Call or request an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.