Believe it or not, ⅔ of men in the United States start to lose their hair when they’re only 35 years old. Though the numbers are slightly better for women, it isn’t by much -- approximately 40% of women experience hair loss by the age of 40. At Bergen Aesthetics, Heripsime Ohanian, PhD, MD, FACOG, DABRM, DABLS, offers the latest hair restoration technique that taps the power of your own body -- platelet-rich plasma therapy. If you’re in Paramus, New Jersey, and you’d like to learn more about hair restoration, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a therapy that taps your body’s own restorative and regenerative powers to promote hair growth.
Your blood contains four ingredients:
The plasma is the liquid in which the cells and platelets travel, and your platelets are there to clot your blood when necessary. Your platelets also contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, which aid in healing.
Recognizing the usefulness of these growth factors, medical researchers figured out how to isolate your platelets and put them to work. Here’s how:
The resulting concentrate is 5-10 times richer in platelets than your normal blood.
Once Dr. Ohanian creates a concentrate that’s rich in your own platelets, she injects the mixture in areas where your hair is thinning. The platelets immediately set to work and do what they do best -- repair and regenerate. In the case of your scalp, the PRP works to create new hair follicles.
In addition to creating new hair follicles, the PRP treatments work to maintain the health of your existing hair follicles, protecting the hair you do have.
The answer to this largely depends upon the extent of your hair loss. Most patients require three to four treatments, spaced four weeks apart. The reason for the time in between is to allow your platelets to go to work in creating new hair follicles. This way, during your subsequent treatments, Dr. Ohanian has a better idea of the areas she needs to target further.
The treatments themselves usually don’t take long, and there’s no downtime associated with PRP hair restoration. You may feel some soreness at the site of the injections, but this discomfort is usually short-lived.
Your results are gradual since it takes time for your new hair to grow. After about two to three months, you’ll begin to notice an improvement, and these results only increase over the following months.
To maintain your results, Dr. Ohanian recommends you come back for PRP treatments every six months after your initial course of treatment.
To learn more about hair restoration, call Bergen Aesthetics, or use the convenient online scheduler to book an appointment.