From measles to malaria to typhoid to tuberculosis, modern medicine has produced no shortage of cures for every manner of ailment. Yet when it comes to hair loss, many assume that there is nothing their doctors can do. Both men and women suffering from androgenic alopecia often resign themselves to the inevitable. Wigs and comb-overs may hide thinning hairlines, but there’s no way to get back to full hair growth.
As inevitable as hair loss may seem, there is in fact a promising solution. The answer lies in platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. Made from blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets, this substance has already proven effective in healing wounds. By applying it to areas of the scalp affected by androgenic alopecia and other common sources of baldness, doctors have been able to reverse thinning hairlines and spur new growth. As a plastic surgery and medical spa practice committed to finding safe, affordable hair loss solutions, NOVA Plastic Surgery takes full advantage of this new method. We offer safe, affordable PRP treatments in Northern VA, allowing patients of all ages to enjoy a full head of hair.
What is PRP?
PRP is a substance made by taking a sample of the patient’s blood, removing red blood cells, and enriching the remaining plasma with platelets. The concentration of platelets is increased by a factor of between 300 and 700 percent, leading to a final count of more than 1 million platelets for every mililiter of plasma. The platelets are then injected into the areas of the patient’s body that needs to be healed.
Because platelets stop bleeding and restore cell health, this method has long been investigated as a way to heal injuries. Researchers have investigated its effects on everything from tennis elbow to nerve damage to osteoarthritis to chronic pain. Though specific results vary based on the condition it is used to treat, the overall evidence strongly suggests that PRP is a safe, effective, and affordable source of healing.
How Can PRP Treat Hair Loss?
Given its tendency to promote cell growth, researchers hypothesized that if PRP were applied to the parts of the scalp subject to balding, it could stimulate hair follicles. This could cause hair to begin growing again where it had fallen out while strengthening it in areas where it was thinning.
Recent research on PRP indicates that it has a powerful, positive effect on hair growth. A 2015 study found that after only 3 PRP treatments, male patients saw their total hair density increase by 45.9 hairs per centimeter. A 2017 study found similar results in female patients suffering from androgenic alopecia. Likewise, a 2017 review of research on the efficacy of PRP for hair loss found that the treatment improved both the quality and density of hair. This strongly suggests that PRP is an effective solution for hair loss in both men and women.
In addition to its efficacy, PRP treatments do not suffer from many of the drawbacks associated with other hair restoration methods, such as:
Given these benefits and the widespread demand for effective hair loss solutions, NOVA Plastic Surgery has added it to our arsenal of PRP hair loss treatments in Virginia.
Who Can Receive PRP Hair Loss Treatments?
A good candidate for PRP hair restoration is anyone suffering from alopecia but otherwise in good health. Because the treatment is so safe, there are relatively few contraindications. Nonetheless, you should not receive this procedure if:
In addition, PRP hair restoration is not recommended for people who smoke, as tobacco use contributes to many of these other conditions.
How Do You Prepare PRP?
In order to prepare PRP, we begin by extracting between 25 and 30 milliliters of your blood. We put this blood in a secure tube and then rotate it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. We then extract the plasma, place it in another tube, and put it through the centrifuge again to separate the plasma into platelet-rich and platelet-poor sections. We collect the platelet-rich section and place it in an insulin syringe along with calcium chlorides, which acts as an activator.
What Should I Expect During PRP Treatment?
We divide our PRP services into the following stages:
After the procedure, you will likely experience mild bruising or swelling on the affected areas of your head. The treatment should not affect your ability to work or live an active lifestyle, however.
How Much Does This Treatment Cost, And How Frequently Will I Need It?
At NOVA Plastic Surgery, we believe that the most effective treatments are those that are introduced over time, providing subtle, natural improvements in hair growth. As such, we offer a gradual treatment plan. For the first three months, you should receive procedures on a monthly basis, after which point you should receive them every 6 to 12 months. Each procedure costs between $600 and $1200, depending on the size of the affected area. By taking treatment slowly and combining it with proper skin care, healthy diets, and sun protection, you can maximize hair growth while minimizing any risks or discomfort from the procedure.
Why Should You Choose NOVA Plastic surgery?
The NOVA plastic surgery team is committed to providing quality results in a safe, comfortable environment. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Fadi Nukta, is double board-certified and pays close attention to all new developments in hair restoration science. He performed significant amount of research in order to come up with the most backed by science protocol for the staff at our center to follow, making sure that the physicians assistants and staff who perform the procedure do so according to the proper, scientifically-verified protocols. In this way, we ensure that each of our patients can benefit fully from the rejuvenating effects of PRP.
Don’t settle for less than a full head of hair. To learn more about PRP treatments in Northern Virginia, contact NOVA Plastic Surgery Today.