Men start to lose their hair at an earlier age than women, but androgenetic alopecia -- also called male-pattern and female-pattern hair loss -- ultimately affects up to half of all men and women. Peter Newen, MD, at The Image Center has extensive experience performing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration, which effectively boosts hair growth and slows down hair loss. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for PRP treatment, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
Along with red blood cells and white blood cells, your blood naturally contains platelets. Platelets clot your blood to stop the bleeding when you’re injured, but they do more than that -- they’re also essential for healing.
Platelets are rich sources of proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured or develop a disease, platelets go to the damaged tissues and trigger the production of blood vessels, skin, collagen, muscles, and any other tissues needed to heal the damage.
PRP is blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Dr. Newen produces PRP in the office by drawing a sample of your blood, then processing it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from other blood components. The platelets are mixed with your plasma to create the PRP used during hair restoration.
For PRP to be effective, it must get below the skin’s surface and into the hair follicles. For very small areas of hair loss, it could be injected, but Dr. Newen typically uses microneedling.
Microneedling is frequently done as a cosmetic procedure to strengthen and tighten skin. However, it’s also an efficient way to introduce PRP into your hair follicles.
To perform microneedling, the doctor uses a medical device containing numerous very fine needles to make small punctures in the balding areas of your scalp. Then he applies your PRP over the treated area. The wounds allow the platelets to penetrate deep into the hair follicle, where they do their normal job and stimulate healing.
As the platelets go to work in your hair follicles, they promote hair regrowth. In addition to stimulating hair growth, the growth factors in PRP help to boost the number of new hairs that grow and slow down hair loss. Treatment with PRP also increases overall hair thickness.
Most patients need more than one PRP treatment to restore their hair. After assessing your scalp, Dr. Newen develops a plan and lets you know the number of treatments you’ll receive. Once your hair regrowth is established, you may need ongoing maintenance treatments.
PRP successfully restores male-pattern and female-pattern balding. To schedule an appointment, call The Image Center or use the online booking feature.
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