PRP Hair Restoration
Excellence in PRP Hair Restoration
Hair loss is exceptionally common, with both men and women experiencing this issue for a variety of reasons. Hair loss can be due to hormonal imbalances, genetics, hair damage, nutritional deficiencies, or any number of other factors. Fortunately, new medical technologies are now available to help patients grow natural, healthy, beautiful hair more effectively than ever. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one such treatment plan available at Cruise Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, California.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment Procedure
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a simple yet effective treatment plan that uses your body's own growth factors to help re-grow hair that is thinning or lost. Originally developed to treat injured tendons, ligaments, or muscles, PRP is now used for many cosmetic purposes including hair loss treatment.
PRP treatment begins by drawing your blood, then preparing it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge rapidly spins the blood sample to separate it into three layers: platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor blood plasma, and red blood cells. The PRP is then collected so that Dr. Cruise can inject it directly into the treatment area. PRP stimulates tissue regeneration and blood vessel growth, so the treatment works to stimulate new, healthy hair growth and improve the overall health of your scalp and hair.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work?
Platelets are not only an important part of your blood because they clot wounds and stop you from bleeding, but also because they are filled with proteins called growth factors that help your body grow new cells and heal itself. Delivering these concentrated growth factors to failing hair follicles in the scalp produces new blood vessels and stimulates hair follicles to produce thicker hair shafts and may "awaken" cells that have stopped producing hair.
How Many Sessions of PRP Do I Need?
Most patients will require multiple PRP treatment sessions to achieve their best possible results. On average, a PRP for hair loss patient will need about three treatment sessions for good results, with each appointment scheduled about 4-6 weeks apart. Dr. Cruise may also recommend maintenance treatments scheduled about once every 4-6 months.
Hair re-growth doesn't happen overnight, and it's important for patients to know that their results may not become evident for several months after their last PRP treatment.
Ideal PRP for Hair Loss Candidates
The best candidates for PRP therapy have some hair thinning or small bald patches. For PRP treatment to be effective, you must have intact hair follicles, meaning those with more advanced balding may not benefit from the treatment—it is best to choose PRP treatment sooner when you notice some hair loss or excessive shedding. PRP is not the same as hair transplant surgery, which physically moves healthy hair follicles from one part of your scalp to another.
Some patients with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for PRP treatment. These include acute or chronic infections, cancer, chronic liver disease, thyroid disease, or other conditions. When hair loss is caused by a medical condition, such as a hormone imbalance, it is typically best to treat and resolve that condition before choosing PRP hair restoration. Finally, those who take blood thinners or smoke should not undergo PRP treatment.
During a consultation, Dr. Cruise will evaluate your hair loss and health to determine whether PRP hair loss treatments are a good option for you.
Cost of PRP Therapy
The cost of your specific hair loss treatment will vary depending on several factors. At Cruise Plastic Surgery, pricing for PRP depends on where the treatment is located. If treatment is performed on the face, the cost is $1500 for 1 unit, and each additional unit is $400. If treatment is needed on the scalp, the cost is $1750 for 1 unit, with each additional unit cost at $500. Maintenance injections may add more cost over time.
Because PRP hair restoration is a cosmetic treatment, health insurance typically does not cover the costs. Financing options may be available. During a consultation, Dr. Cruise will explain a more specific cost estimate for your treatment.
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