Drawing platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own blood and then reinjecting it into the scalp is a method of promoting hair growth that harnesses the body’s own natural cells to counteract the hair loss process.
Thinning hair is a source of embarrassment for many adults, both men and women alike, and it can be difficult to decide which treatment option is best for you. At Hair Toronto, we pride ourselves in going above and beyond in our commitment to producing truly natural-looking results, while other physicians may be content with an automated, mechanical process that leaves your hairline looking unnaturally even.
In addition to FDA-approved medications and surgical options for combating hair loss, we are proud to offer a new, cutting-edge treatment that harnesses the body’s own natural growth properties to stimulate hair production: platelet rich plasma.
PRP hair loss treatment is ideal for treating male pattern hair loss, in addition to female pattern hair loss or other facial hair loss (i.e. beard or eyebrow transplant). If you are looking to achieve natural, full results from a hair, eyebrow or beard transplant, ask Dr. Asaria about PRP hair loss treatment options.
The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma
The human body is equipped with a complex system for repairing injuries and replacing old and dying tissue. Our blood contains stem cells that can develop into connective tissues as needed, as well as essential and specific growth factors that promote growth, regeneration, and healing. When blood is separated in a centrifuge to isolate platelet-rich plasma (PRP), these factors are present in higher concentrations.
Although the use of PRP in treating hair loss is a relatively recent development, the efficacy of which has yet to be thoroughly studied.
PRP therapies have been used for decades in addressing skin regeneration and wound healing. They have also been shown to be effective in various fields, including:
- Plastic surgery
- Oral surgery
- Sports medicine
The idea of using PRP to treat hair loss is that the growth-stimulating properties of the plasma may be able to induce activity in previously inactive hair follicles, jump-starting the body’s natural methodology of producing hair.
Because the use of PRP in treating hair loss is such a recent development, few substantiated claims can be made regarding its efficacy, though early data suggests that as many as 50% of patients treated using PRP may experience some positive benefit.
The Arthrex Angel System & PRP Hair Loss Treatment
Because delivering the highest possible concentrations of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) directly to your scalp is vital to harnessing your body’s regenerative power and stimulating the natural process of fighting hair loss, we are proud to offer the Arthrex Angel System. This next-generation technology is the gold standard for creating the highest concentrations of PRP on the market. The system is used with a natural, successful non-surgical process for hair restoration in Toronto. You get powerful, concentrated natural proteins that trigger your body to produce new hair. It is proprietary technology with a precise platelet sensor and automation that delivers high yield PRP consistency. With this system, we know what we are delivering and you know what you are getting. Shopping mall spa PRP treatments using needle gun devices give low-yield PRP concentrations and inconsistent delivery. Why waste your time? We believe in getting the job done right and we stand by the high standards the Arthrex Angel System provides.
How the Process Works for the Patient
When you undergo PRP therapy for hair loss, the first step will be drawing some of your blood, typically from the arm, just as would normally be done by your primary care physician to perform lab tests. The blood is then processed in a sterile centrifuge, a rapidly spinning piece of machinery that separates the blood into its different components — one of which will be platelet rich plasma.
The doctor will most likely administer some sort of local numbing medication to your scalp in order to minimize discomfort, before reinjecting the PRP into the scalp.
How long does PRP hair loss treatment take?
The entire process takes roughly 60-90 minutes, and any discomfort experienced is minimal. Because PRP therapy is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment option, no scarring will occur, and you will be able to drive yourself home immediately after the procedure. Results typically begin to become visible roughly 4-6 months after the initial treatment, and it is generally recommended to undergo subsequent treatments every 3-4 months to maximize results.
PRP can be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatment modalities to minimize or reverse hair loss in healthy adults.