Hair Restoration with PRP/PRFM
What is the Hair Restoration with PRP/PRFM?
Hair loss is one of the most common things that happen to us as we get older. Of the approximately 110,000 hairs we have on average, we lose about a 100 per day so that 60 percent of men have noticeable hair loss by the age of 60 and 80 percent of women.
Treatments for this condition to date have included the surgical procedure of hair transplantation and medications such as minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). More recently, concentrated platelets derived from a person’s own blood known as PRP or PRFM (PRP in its activated form) when injected into the scalp have shown great promise in the restoration of hair in those suffering from unwanted and unsightly hair loss.
What is PRP & PRFM?
PRP or platelet rich plasma and PRFM platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRP that has been activated with calcium) are concentrated preparations of platelets made from your own blood. Platelets are tiny constituents of our blood that when activated release a variety of very powerful and beneficial clotting, growth, healing and anti-inflammatory factors. PRP and PRFM have been used in a number of medical conditions from wound healing to treating painful arthritic joints. Recently, it has been found that beneficial growth factors released by injecting PRP/PRFM into the scalp can reactivate dormant hair follicles stimulating them to regrow hair significantly.
How is PRP/PRPM obtained?
We collect a small sample of your blood in special tubes and centrifuge it to separate the plasma containing the platelets from the red blood cells. The red blood cells are discarded and the plasma portion now containing higher concentration of your own platelets is the PRP. Then, depending on what the PRP is to be used for, the platelets may be further concentrated by additional centrifugation and/or activated by adding a small amount of calcium (PRFM). An appropriate amount of this preparation is then injected into your scalp to reactivate the hair follicles and start your hair to regrow.
How is the procedure done? How long does it take? Is it painful?
After collecting a small blood sample from you from which the PRP is prepared and activated making PRFM, this platelet preparation is placed in syringes with very fine needles and injected into the scalp so as to cover the entire area of hair loss. Pain from this procedure is minimal using topical anesthesia or cold air to keep you comfortable. The injections usually take 20 minutes to complete.
Is there any preparation necessary prior to a PRP/PRFM treatment?
Other than discontinuing certain medications such as aspirin and other blood thinners for those who take them, there is no preparation needed prior to this procedure.
How soon after a hair restoration treatment, can I resume normal activities?
There is virtually no downtime after this treatment. You can wear a hat immediately after the treatment, return to work when you want and wash your hair 12 hours after the procedure.
Are there any complications or risks from this treatment?
When a product made from your blood is injected back into your own body, that blood product is termed autologous. PRP and PRFM are autologous blood products and therefore, there is no danger to you of tissue rejection or an allergic response.
The risks of autologous PRP or PRFM injections into the skin of your scalp include the general risks of any injection: local pain, tenderness, swelling and bruising. If any of these occur, they resolve very quickly. Infection, while possible, is extremely rare. This procedure is both exceedingly safe and well tolerated.
Does the procedure have to be repeated?
To maximize the results from these injections, three treatments, 6-8 weeks apart are required.
How long will it take before I will see results?
Results may be noticeable in as little as 6 weeks, but it often takes up to six months to see significant hair growth.
Will the hair that regrows be permanent?
At this time, it is not known whether the hair that regrows will be permanent. Likely, its longevity will vary from person to person. We recommend a single annual treatment with PRP/PRFM to sustain the results of hair restoration.
Is this treatment FDA Approved?
No. While the FDA approves the use of PRP/PRFM in a variety of conditions as well as the kits used to prepare them, it has not yet approved this use of PRP specifically for hair restoration. Hair restoration by this method is considered an “off label” use of PRP.
What is the cost of this treatment?
We charge $750 per treatment.
Does Health Insurance Cover the Cost of These Injections?
No. At this time, PRP/PRFM injections for hair restoration are not covered by health insurance.
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