When used with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), the Bellus Medical SkinPen® can stimulate a renewed blood supply and proper nutrients to deprived hair follicles, which can help with hair restoration. The renewed growth helps to fill in areas of receding or thinning hair. PRP is a natural serum derived directly from your cells to initiate hair follicle regeneration. SkinPen® allows us to get a deeper penetration of PRP infused into the skin, amplifying our hair restoration abilities.
If you suffer from hair loss or thinning, PRP can be injected into the scalp to grow thicker, fuller hair. At SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery, we provide PRP for hair restoration to clients in the Bay Area.
Blood mainly consists of a liquid called plasma, and contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets play an important role in clotting blood, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. Growth factors are commonly used by medical professionals to heal injuries. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma that contains more platelets than what is typically found in your blood. A high concentration of platelets and growth factors can be 5-10 times richer than normal plasma.
In order to develop and prepare PRP, we will draw a small amount of your blood. Using the centrifuge at our practice, we will separate platelets from other blood cells to increase their concentration. The increased concentration of platelets is then combined with the remaining blood.
How PRP hair restoration works
Although the science behind PRP is unclear, studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can speed up the healing process. PRP is used to treat tendonitis and can improve healing after surgery, as it accelerates tissue regeneration and new cellular growth. For hair restoration, PRP can be injected into the scalp in order to stimulate inactive hair follicles into active growth.
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When you come in for the procedure, your scalp will be given an anesthesia block to ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. A small amount of blood will be drawn, in the same way that routine blood samples are taken in a lab. We will then prepare the PRP by centrifuging your blood sample. The centrifuge machine has a rapidly rotating container that uses centrifugal force to separate the growth factors.
Patients results can be enhanced with our clinical staff’s recommendations, which can include topical and oral prescriptions tailored to each individual’s specific needs. These specialized treatments set us apart by providing a customized approach to treating hair loss and restoration.
Recovering from PRP hair restoration at SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery
Your scalp may be tender for up to 24 hours after the procedure. We recommend one treatment per month for up to three months for optimal results. Long-lasting results can be maintained with follow-up treatments every 6 to 12 months.
Patients usually see improvements in hair thickness, texture, and growth within a few weeks after treatment. It can take several months to see measurable results. We recommend 2-3 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart, for best results. You will need maintenance treatments every 1-2 years to maintain the results of your hair restoration treatment. No procedure can change your genetic predisposition for hair loss, so subsequent sessions are strongly encouraged.
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We invite you to schedule your cosmetic consultation with SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery today; we’d love to be a part of your journey to a more youthful you. To learn more about PRP hair restoration, please call us today at 650.964.2200. You can request an consultation in Mountain View or Morgan Hill, California using this form.