Did you know that you already have the potential to regrow your own natural hair? It’s literally in your blood! Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, has been used for years to help people heal faster after injury or surgery, and now we can use it to help stimulate healthy hair growth, without surgery or downtime.
If you’re experiencing early stages of hair loss, or you would like to enjoy fuller hair growth along the hairline, temples, or other areas, PRP injections may be a great option for you.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelets are disc-shaped blood cells that play an important role in healing and cell regeneration throughout the body. Any time you injure yourself, platelets flood the affected area and deliver growth factors your cells then use to rebuild and repair themselves.
Platelet-rich plasma is blood that has been separated to remove the red blood cells, leaving behind plasma with a super high concentration of platelets. Platelet-rich plasma can be injected in specific areas, such as the skin, face, or crown of the head, to promote cell renewal and healing.
How can PRP help my hair grow?
Each hair follicle on your head grows in cycles: first the hair grows, then it sheds, rinse and repeat. When we’re younger, we don’t notice when hair follicles are in the shedding phase, because there are always plenty of nearby hair follicles in the growth phase keeping hair full.
As we age, the cycle can slow down, leaving fewer hair follicles in the growth phase at any given time. For each hair that sheds, there are fewer hairs growing around it, resulting in hair thinning. The platelets in PRP can help stimulate hair follicle growth, so that each follicle stays in the growth phase longer. PRP helps your hair follicles catch up, so to speak, gradually improving hair fullness.
Benefits of PRP for hair restoration at LJCSC
- Treatment is quick and easy. The entire process can take as little as 30 minutes for many patients.
- No downtime and no shaving your hair. Our patients love that they can come in, receive their PRP injections, and go right back to their normal day without any outward signs of treatment. The injections are very shallow, and a topical numbing agent is usually all that is needed to stay comfortable.
- It’s safe and all-natural with almost zero risk of side effects. Because your own blood is used, you don’t have to worry about allergic reaction, and your body knows exactly what to do with the platelets—use them to nourish your hair follicles.
- Expertly performed injections with a board certified plastic surgeon. You can trust the aesthetic and surgical expertise of board certified plastic surgeon Hector Salazar-Reyes, MD, FACS. As our hair restoration specialist at LJCSC, Dr. Salazar has years of experience helping patients achieve a natural result when improving their appearance. He will listen to you and identify precisely where to inject PRP to help you achieve the most satisfying results.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Salazar, call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre at (858) 452-1981 or contact us online. Our San Diego location is conveniently located near the 5 and 805 freeways.