PRP Hair Restoration
Who can benefit from PRP Injections?
Both men and women. Male balding and hair thinning is talked about extensively, but women do not often get the same benefit of widespread information. The fact is that women can lose hair, too, due to several different factors.
Those suffering from androgenic alopecia or other forms of alopecia. This is also known as male/female pattern baldness. It is a hereditary condition that affects around 80 million people in the United States alone.
A sizable age range of people. Many successful clinical trials have been tested with people ranging from 18 to 72 years of age.
Those suffering from hair loss due to high stress levels. Since this condition is not chronic, it can be treated rather easily.
Those who have recently experienced hair loss. The more recent the hair loss occurred, the better your chances are of fixing it.
Those with thinning or balding hair, but not completely bald people. PRP injections are meant to thicken, strengthen, and grow hair from follicles that are still functioning.
Shampoo and condition your hair before the procedure. This way, it is clean and free from grease and dirt particles. It provides a sterile environment on your scalp before the injections.
Eat a healthy breakfast and drink at least 16 ounces of water. This way, you will not likely experience dizziness, fainting, or nausea. Remember, blood will be drawn. If having that done on an empty stomach makes you queasy, you probably should remedy that before going.
Don’t use any hair products like hairspray or gel for at least three days prior to your PRP injections.
Don’t smoke or drink heavily beforehand, if at all. This could disqualify you from the procedure, as your platelet count will be lowered significantly.
Avoid blood thinners if OK by your PCP; avoid ibuprofen, fish oil, turmeric and aspirin.
What is the recovery period like after PRP Injections?
Every procedure has a recovery period. While yours will not prevent you from doing most normal activities, the side effects and pain in the scalp will abate usually after three to four weeks. It should be completely gone after three to six months.
Are there any possible side effects?
You need to know that you may be at risk for some negative side effects following PRP injections. While most of these are not serious, you should consult your dermatologist if they persist or worsen.
- Scalp pain
- Irritation during the healing process
- Scar tissue at the injection site
- Injury to blood vessels
- Injury to nerves