Patients in Orchard Park, New York are discovering the science that makes PRP treatment so effective
Many men and women experience thinning or complete loss of hair. It’s a hard truth many males face. Male pattern baldness affects up to 50 percent of males by the age of 50 and can reach up to 80 percent by the age of 70. That doesn’t mean you have to accept it. There are several treatments out there you can pursue for results, but did you know an incredibly effective solution resides right in your blood supply? Platelet-rich plasma (also called PRP) has been providing incredible results for several years now. Dr. Peter Accetta and his team at Orchard Park Dermatology offer platelet rich plasma injection treatment for hair loss for men and women in the Orchard Park, NY region.
Platelet-Rich Plasma – What Is It?
To have a clear understanding of how platelet-rich plasma (PRP) works towards restoring a healthy head of hair, it’s important to understand the role PRP plays in the healing process. We all have platelets. Along with red and white blood cells, they are a component of our blood which act as “first responders” that work to halt bleeding and promote healing. For years, it was theorized that these platelets could be extracted from the blood and then injected into damaged tissue to accelerate healing. To pull the platelets from our blood, a blood sample is taken and then sent through a centrifuge which separates the components of our blood allowing platelet extraction. This platelet-rich plasma consists of growth factors and proteins which speed tissue repair. When hair loss is caused from damaged hair follicles, injecting healing PRP will stimulate healing and work to reverse the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia. PRP has become a wildly popular option for hair restoration and growth in recent years due to the effectiveness this treatment has exhibited.
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The Simplicity of a PRP Hair Restoration Procedure
While some doctors may vary their approach, what follows is a common step-by-step guide detailing what you can expect from the procedure.
- A blood sample, typically from the arm, will be taken from the patient by a medical professional
- The blood sample that has just been drawn will be placed into a centrifuge
- Inside the centrifuge, the blood sample will be spun, separating the blood’s components
- Using a syringe, the platelets will be extracted by a medical professional
- The platelets, just after being withdrawn, will be injected into targeted areas of the patient’s scalp to promote healing and hair growth
This entire process may take around an hour but, in many cases, several sessions may be needed for expected results. Downtime is minimal, and, in most cases, the patient can expect to return to their normal daily routine immediately with minimal or no limitations.
The Longevity of PRP Injections
Platelet-rich plasma is not considered an end-all cure for hair loss and will need to be continued over a sustained time period to maintain hair growth results. This is not out of line with other hair restoration products out there which need to be regularly re-applied. How often a patient needs to have PRP therapy will vary and should be based on a doctor’s recommendation. This recommendation will be made based on the patient’s overall condition and the success experienced with the initial treatments.
If you are experiencing thinning hair, you don’t have to accept the inevitability of going bald. Allow Dr. Peter Accetta and his team at Orchard Park Dermatology in Orchard Park, NY to go over the benefits that PRP injections can offer you. For a consultation, please call (716) 675-7000 today.
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