PRP Hair Growth Huntington WV
What IS PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma contains antilogous white blood cells which are pulled from your own blood.
What happens during the procedure?
Each appointment will be different. There will be a series of procedures which will be dependent on your thinning and/or hair loss. This is not a one-time appointment. It is a series of services to allow this process of stimulation to occur. We will be doing some injections of the PRP which will be injected superficially under the scalp to stimulate new hair growth and to help with thickening of the follicles. There will also be micro-needling done at certain appointments. The micro-needling helps to drive the PRP a little deeper for further stimulation. After just 1-2 treatments you will begin to see the results. Everyone is different so it is very important to allow us to consult you to see what would be best for you.
Is the procedure painful?
We strive for comfort. Some people feel that a topical anesthetic cream applied to your scalp before the procedure makes the entire procedure very comfortable. Others may need to have some local lidocaine injections superficially under the scalp. Either way most patients do not feel any discomfort.
Is it safe?
This procedure is extremely safe and there is no risk of an allergic reaction because the product used (PRP) is derived from your own blood. The PRP contains concentrated amounts of white blood cells which are actually your body's natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment. This is also why most people leave without any trace of having this procedure. The PRP is so stimulating and has such high healing properties that the healing begins immediately.
Things to think about?
When stimulating thinning or loss of hair you must look at the causes of the problem. Although this is an extremely affective procedure, you may need to do other things along with this procedure to get the best results you can. Often vitamins, sulfate-free shampoos, and/or hormone replacement will help to continue the process and will help in your at home maintenance.
Before PRP Treatment
A few simple guidelines before your treatment can make a difference!
Before PRP the patient should consider stopping the USE OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (steroidal and non-steroidal) such as: Aspirin, Motrin (or any other ibuprofen drugs) at least 3 days to 1 week before your treatment. With PRP, we “WANT” inflammation this is one of the mechanisms of how PRP does its work. We will also ask you to DISCONTINUE use of any other blood thinning agents such as: Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Fish Oil, Omega’s, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s and DHA’s), Niacin supplements, etc., for at least 3 days to 1 week before and after treatment to minimize bruising and/or bleeding. It is also recommended that you AVOID alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and cigarettes for 3 days before AND after your treatment. All of these may increase risk of bruising.
How long is the recovery time?
There is typically no "downtime". Some redness or swelling of the treated area may last 24-72 hours after treatment but most leave looking as they did when they arrived. You can resume your normal activity immediately. Shampoo using gentle, sulfate free shampoo. There should be no tanning, in the natural sun or tanning bed for at least 2 weeks.