PRP Therapy for Thinning Hair

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a non-surgical method of hair loss treatment and hair restoration for women and men.

PRP therapy uses the enriched cells from your own blood to stimulate hair growth in the scalp.

PRP is also a well established and successful treatment method in orthopedics, plastic surgery, and sports medicine.

Our focus on PRP hair restoration in a clinic setting helps us to provide a safe and comfortable solution for men and women experiencing hair loss.

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Reasons for Hair Loss

Most men and women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Many women are concerned about thinning hair or loss of hair on specific areas of their scalp, and male pattern baldness can occur even in younger men.

There are many reasons hair loss, including:

  • Age and hereditary factors
  • Male pattern baldness (affecting most men)
  • Hormonal imbalance (caused by pregnancy, menopause, and certain drugs)
  • Hair damage caused by external factors (dyes, chemicals, styling tools)
  • Certain illnesses (including thyroid problems or anemia)
  • Emotional factors (such as stress and anxiety)
  • Scalp infections
  • Some medications (including blood thinners)

What is PRP Hair Loss Treatment?

PRP Therapy is an innovative hair restoration treatment that works by injecting platelet rich plasma into specific areas of the scalp. Platelet Rich Plasma injections are made of a serum containing the patient’s own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth. The procedure is meant to:

  • Recruit new hairs to grow
  • Invigorate and revitalize existing hair
  • Stimulate the stem cells that are around the follicles to get thicker

The therapy is non-surgical, with little to no side effects or risk of allergic reaction.

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How PRP Treatment for Hair Growth Works

Human blood is composed of red blood cells (93%), white blood cells (6%), and platelets and plasma (1%). Platelet rich plasma (or PRP), concentrates on separating that 1%, creating a concentrated serum of platelets.

Although they are known for their coagulating properties (to stop bleeding), platelets also release growth factors that recruit reparative cells and, hence, revitalize and heal tissues. In other words, platelets are cells that help soft tissue to heal and grow new cells. For this reason, PRP injections have a long history of success in treating sports injuries, arthritis, tendinitis, and other painful conditions.

In cosmetic medicine, PRP injections are used to treat specific areas of the skin to promote collagen growth and regenerate tissue. In hair restoration therapy, PRP results have been very promising and offer an effective solution to hair growth and thickening for a majority of patients.

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Scalp Injections and Microneedling for Hair Restoration

PRP is a groundbreaking medical treatment that improves hair growth and naturally reverses thinning hair.

When PRP is inserted into the skin, the injection causes a small injury that activates the platelets and allows them to do what they do best: generate growth. Platelets do this by releasing healing proteins that are called growth factors. When platelet levels are extremely above their normal concentration (which is what happens during the PRP treatment), it boosts the follicle’s ability to become thicker.

PRP Injections are highly effective for both men and women. Features include:

  • No risks of allergic reaction
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Safe, non-invasive and non-surgical treatment
  • Minimal side effects

Benefits of PRP for Thinning Hair

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) stimulates cell growth in the injected area. PRP aids the hair growth process, without the use of chemicals or foreign substances.

PRP does not cause allergic reactions or infections, because the injected plasma comes from the patient’s own body.

PRP hair treatment benefits include:

  • Improved hair texture and thickness
  • Increase in hair volume
  • Healthier looking hair

The treatment has proven to be most effective for patients who are at the initial stage of hair loss. Therefore, if you are noticing an overall loss of volume in your hair, are starting to develop a receding hairline or have noticed small bald spots on your scalp, contact us today.

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

A simple, virtually painless procedure, conveniently done at our Vancouver or New Westminster clinics.

Your appointment will begin with a simple blood draw, just like a routine blood test. Then, using a proprietary technique, platelets and plasma will be separated and concentrated into a serum that will be ready to be injected into the skin.

We will then take a picture of the treated area (to serve as a baseline to follow the hair restoration) and we will then apply anaesthetic cream to the treatment area. Once the anaesthetic cream takes effect, we will begin the treatment.

The treatment consists of two stages. During the first stage, we will use a microneedling pen to make multiple superficial microscopic perforations into the scalp and then gently apply the PRP serum onto the area. The second stage consists in injecting additional PRP into the scalp with the use of a very fine needle. This is done to ensure the platelet rich plasma reaches the deeper hair follicles.

PRP injections are virtually painless and have few contraindications. The procedure lasts approximately 40 minutes. However, overall appointment duration will be a little over an hour for blood drawing and processing, as well as anaesthetic cream application.

Following the treatment, most people will experience heat, redness and mild to moderate swelling in the treated area. However, this will only last a day or two. Cold compresses will help reduce discomfort and swelling. Bruising can also occur and may last several days.

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Risks and Complications of PRP for Hair Loss

The risks and complications of PRP for hair loss include:

  • Headache (mild)
  • Bleeding (minimal if any)
  • Infection (very rare)
  • Pain at PRP injection site (minimal)
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Although it is generally a very safe and well tolerated procedure, PRP hair treatment should be avoided in the following situations:

  • Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Acute and chronic infections
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Blood thinners (warfarin, dabigatran, heparin)
  • Additionally, if there is no existing hair shaft visible (patient appears completely bald in an area) then PRP should be avoided as the odds of improvement are low.

FAQ About Hair Restoration With PRP

Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of platelets several times the normal blood value, and contains many growth factors that stimulate hair follicles.
Yes. Because the injection uses your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction and no possibility of a tainted blood product.
The treatment is not long. However, you should plan to stay at our clinic for about 1 hour. This includes time for collection and processing the blood, letting the anaesthesia take effect, the injection and aftercare instructions.

Results begin to show 3 to 4 months after starting treatment and generally continue to improve with time as the hair cycle progresses.

The human hair cycle includes phases of growth (anagen), regression (catagen) and rest (telogen). During each anagen phase, follicles produce an entire hair shaft from tip to root.

PRP treatment starts new cycles of growth.

Topical anaesthetic is applied before the treatment begins. Most patients report minimal to no discomfort during the procedure. You will likely have minor swelling the day after your treatment.
The number of required treatments will depend on the patient’s condition and improvement goals. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
The treatment will not cure the condition. However, it can drastically improve it by strengthening the remaining hair follicles.
We recommend that most patients have a maintenance treatment once or twice per year.
Ideal candidates for PRP for hair loss are those with fine or thinning hair, androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) and any women with male pattern alopecia. Patients who have completely lost hair follicles won’t benefit from PRP hair loss treatment.

Why Choose Pollock Clinics

For over 25 years, Pollock Clinics has been a trusted provider of expert care in BC. Our team has performed over 95,000 meticulous procedures.

Our Lower Mainland clinics offer our clients safe and effective treatment for hair loss. Our doctors have decades of experience and the knowledge required to provide great care and thorough follow-up.

We are proud to be able to deliver hair restoration to help men and women address hair loss.

Please go ahead and book a consultation to find-out if PRP therapy for thinning hair is right for you.

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