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Losing some or all of one’s hair can be a disheartening occurrence that leaves one less confident and outgoing. Hair loss is a common problem that affects both men and women, particularly as a result of age and hormonal changes. For some of these patients, the key to natural hair restoration may lie in using their body’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate hair follicles and spur the hair back into a strong and healthy growth cycle.
PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a natural and fully biocompatible extract derived from one’s own blood. A small amount of venous blood is withdrawn and cycled through a centrifuge to separate out the most powerful regenerative growth factors and cell-stimulating substances within it. The result of that distillation is called PRP.
PRP has a wide variety of uses including relieving pain, reducing convalescence periods, speeding up recovery, and healing certain ailments. When used to correct thinning hair, the extracted PRP will be injected into your scalp to initiate a growth phase and repair damaged hair follicles. As a result of these injections, your hair should again start growing naturally.
PRP hair restoration is a non-surgical procedure in which the patient’s platelet-rich plasma is injected into their scalp to trigger hair growth. Just because your hair follicles aren’t producing hair doesn’t mean they’re dead—they may simply be injured or inactive. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors, i.e., substances that activate adult stem cells and facilitate cell growth. As such, injecting your scalp with platelet-rich plasma leads to the formation of new blood vessels that carry nutrients to the follicles, encouraging hair growth.
Patients undergoing PRP hair restoration should expect a day or two of discomfort and swelling, as well as some pain that is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You can resume washing your hair normally but should avoid strenuous activities after treatment.
The best candidates for this procedure are men and women experiencing hair loss, a receding hairline, bald spots, or thinning hair due to age-related physical changes, trauma, or hormonal fluctuations.
At first, your skin may be tight, dry and red, as well as slightly sensitive. These are all normal reactions to our San Diego chemical peel, and just means that the peel has done its job. Slowly over the course of about a week, the skin will turn from a pinkish color to a more brown shade. Once the damaged layer has been shed, however, your new complexion will be glowing and healthy. So expect about 7-10 days of recovery.
Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.(858) 259-3223 Contact Us