Plasma Hair Restoration
Plasma Hair Restoration in Ottawa,
Hair loss and thinning hair are common problems for both men and women. Our Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration is effective for those who want a non-surgical effective hair loss treatment. We use PRP with microneedling to awaken dormant hair follicles and regenerate hair growth, even after years of baldness.
What is plasma Hair Restoration?
Over the decades, Platelet-rich plasma has been used by physio-therapist to accelerate the healing process in various parts of the body and more recently in skin treatment colloquially termed “vampire facial”. Recently, Its various growth potential has garnered the attention of Dermatologists as a promising solution for hair restoration. Though PRP is a relatively new approach to Dermatology, scientific evidence suggests that it can accelerate hair growth and can help treat androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma(PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma consists of a high concentration of platelet, a type of blood cell that contains various growth factors, and plasma, the liquid portion of blood. PRP has great healing power and its efficacy is commonly used for skin rejuvenation like vampire facial, plasma facial injection, and PRP hair restoration. It stimulates new collagen, enhances blood flow, and rejuvenates healthy skin. PRP injection firms and smooths skin texture, reduces acne scars, even skin tone, reduces stretch marks, lighten hyper-pigmentation and sunburn, and cures wrinkles and scar
The Connection Between Platelets and Hair growth
Human blood consists of four components such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. platelets promote cell growth and regeneration. In plasma hair restoration treatment, platelet-rich plasma is used in which platelets are about five times more concentrated than regular blood in the human body. this concentration of platelets has been used in the treatment of cricket injury, tendon injury, and osteoarthritis because its secret growth factors accelerate wound healing and tissues regrowth. In the case of hair fall solution, the theory is that when PRP is injected into the scalp it reaches very deep into the hair follicle it stimulates special cells named dermal papilla cells which play a major role in hair growth.
PRP Hair Treatment: Obtaining and injecting platelet-rich plasma
The following procedures are an example of a common approach to PRP treatment for hair loss:
STEP-1:A medical practitioner extracts 10-15ML of blood from a vein normally in the arm.
STEP-2:The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins blood rapidly to separate blood into three parts platelet-rich plasma, red blood cell, and platelet-poor plasma. The platelet-rich plasma is called a Buffy coat.
STEP-3: the practitioner extracts the platelet-rich plasma using a sterile syringe. One hour prior to administration of PRP, numbing cream is applied over the bald area. The area of the scalp to be treated is cleaned with antiseptic, spirit, and povidone-iodine. Then the PRP is injected into targeted areas of the bald skull.
The entire treatment process may take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. After receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, a person can usually return to their normal daily activities without any downtime.
The Benefit of PRP Therapy
The following are some of the benefits of PRP Therapy:
Minor side effects: PRP treatment involves injecting your blood into your skull, you are out of risk of allergic and contracting an infectious disease.
Non-surgical Process: PRP treatment is a non-surgical procedure with no scars or cuts involved in following the procedure. In this procedure, platelets are injected using a syringe that does not cause pain, soreness or leave any symptoms behind.
Natural Appearance Effects: PRP hair treatment uses platelets in your blood that contain the same DNA structure. As a result, the effects that follow treatment appear to be natural and long-lasting.
Outpatient Process: PRP is an outpatient procedure that only takes 45-60 minutes to complete. You do not have to stay in the clinic all day and you can come at any time that suits you.
Short Term Recovery: No rest period is required following the PRP hair procedure. You can return to your normal routine right after the procedure.
Before and After PRP Treatment for Hair Restoration
There are certain actions that you should take before and after the procedure to get an optimal result with minimum side effects
- Shampoo and straighten your hair before the procedure. In this way, it is clean and free of oil and dirt particles. It provides a sterile environment on your skull before the injections.
Eat a healthy breakfast and drink at least 16 ounces of water. This way, you will not probably feel dizziness, fainting, or nausea. Remember, blood will be drawn. If doing so on an empty stomach makes you anxious, you probably should fix that before you go.
Don’t use any hair products such as hair spray or gel for at least three days before your PRP injection. This can have a detrimental effect on you in the long run regarding the negative consequences.
Don’t smoke or drink too much before, if so. This may make you unfit for the process, as your platelet count will be greatly reduced
- Restart your normal activities. PRP injections should not make you inactive or disturb you in any way. Unlike other procedures, you should not feel drowsy or tired
- Wash your hair in your routine unless the injection site is irritated or painful.
- Do not dye your hair or get permission for at least 72 hours after PRP injections. Aggressive chemicals will irritate the injection site and possibly cause problems. It also exacerbates the headache.
What scientific studies Say about PRP Hair Restoration
A 2014 study of eleven patients aged 20 to 40 suffering from hair loss due to androgenic alopecia and not responding to 6 months of treatment with minoxidil and finasteride was included in this study. A significant reduction in hair loss was reported between the first and fourth injection. Density increased from an average number of 71 hair follicular units to 93 follicular units.PRP injection is an effective treatment option for androgenic alopecia. It shows that PRP may be able to help increase hair counts and the number of hair follicles that can actively support healthy hair. A 2015 study of 10 people receiving PRP injections, every 2 to 3 weeks for 3 months also showed improvements in the number of hair density, the thickness of the hair shafts, and the strength of the hair roots.
A 2019 study compared two groups of people using different hair treatments for 6 months. One group of 20 used minoxidil (Rogaine), and the other group of 20 used PRP injections. Thirty people finished the study and results showed that PRP performed much better for hair loss than Rogaine. But the study also found that PRP therapy can be a valuable adjuvant to topical minoxidil therapy in the treatment of AGA.
the study also found that poor platelets level can affect how well your own plasma works for hair loss. A lower level of blood platelets may mean that PRP isn’t as effective for you. but It can be preferred for those patients who are unsatisfied or are non-compliant to regular use of minoxidil or oral finasteride therapy. Thus, both forms of therapies can be combined together for improved compliance and better outcome.
Though there is extensive research on using PRP in male pattern baldness, there’s some promising research suggesting that PRP contains proteins that help hair regrowth PRP and may work for other types of hair loss such as androgenetic alopecia.
Common PRP Hair Treatment Side Effects
Cosmetic PRP is a safe and simple procedure. As the PRP therapy for hair loss uses a person’s blood, there are few risks of allergic reaction to the solution itself.However, people undergoing PRP hair loss treatment may experience the following side effects:
- Scalp tenderness
- Minor swelling
- A headache
- Temporary bleeding at the injection site.
Recovery Time After PRP Hair Injections
The whole process requires time to recover and depends on skin type and skin quality. Although your own will not prevent you from doing most of the normal activities, side effects and pain in the skin will usually decrease after three to four weeks. It will get complete recovery within three to six months. PRP can also promote hair growth after a hair transplant.
Who is an ideal PRP candidate?
Both men and women are ideal candidates for PRP treatment. People experiencing thinning hair, balding and hair loss may be good for PRP treatment. However, it is important to consult a doctor before confirming that PRP is the appropriate treatment for your specific type of hair loss. PRP is not a quick fix for balding or hair loss but it is a way for patients with this condition. Healthy patients generally get very good results. Some patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as HIV, Cancer, and Hepatitis should not have PRP. This should be discussed during your consultation.
How many PRP treatments do I need?
PRP is not a permanent solution for hair loss. For this reason, a person would need to receive multiple PRP treatments over time to maintain hair growth results. Most patients required 4 sessions, spaced about one month apart.
Is PRP Painful?
PRP is a non-surgical comfortable way that does not require downtime. Our plasma hair restoration service is special because we use a microneedle for the injections, so you feel a little stabbing with each of the most tolerable injections. After your treatment, you can leave the office and go back to your normal daily activities.
When will I see results after PRP?
Results can be seen up to 4 weeks after your first PRP treatment. However, most patients notice hair loss after their 3rd or 4th treatment. PRP is just a treatment for hair loss in patients which is less invasive than surgical options such as hair transplants. It is important to remember that each outcome is different, individual results may vary, and risks are possible.
Who will perform your PRP?
At Ottawa Cosmetic Clinic, our highly trained and skilled Registered practitioner performs our PRP hair loss treatments. We always start with a detailed consultation before any PRP treatment. Our physician will know your expectations, explain the procedure, risks and benefits before your initial treatment.
How much does PRP cost?
Many factors determine the cost of PRP treatment such as geographical location and the type of PRP system. PRP systems depend on platelet concentration and possibly efficiency. At Ottawa Cosmetic Clinic we charge only $700 per PRP treatment. For more information about PRP in Ottawa Contact Us!