Patients who struggle with hair loss can once again enjoy a full head of natural hair by using a safe method of hair restoration known as PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma). Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is proud to offer this ground-breaking treatment to the men and women of Indianapolis at Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery.
Through research and new advancements in technology, scientists have learned much more about the healing process of wounds and tissues. This has resulted in PRP, which is now a growing area of medicine that is centered around triggering the body’s natural processes. It is even recognized for its ability to use the body’s own cells to medically stimulate new hair growth and scalp health. Plus, it can be performed in a doctor’s office.
How Does PRP Work?
Human blood contains various substances that include certain important growth factors that aid in tissue regeneration and healing. Mesenchymal stem cells are also part of this mix. In European and U.S. scientific literature, it has been confirmed that using PRP for therapeutic purposes is safe and it has been used for over two decades as a complementary treatment for wound and skin healing. This has helped PRP to become established as an effective and often successful treatment for certain medical specialties, such as plastic and cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine and oral surgery. As it relates to hair restoration, the information surrounding PRP indicates that it is favorable as a non-surgical option for promoting and supporting the growth of new hair.
What is PRP for Hair Restoration?
The use of PRP for addressing hair loss involves using platelet-rich plasma to trigger the body’s own hair growth processes. This treatment can be done as an outpatient procedure and doesn’t require any downtime for recovery. Because it’s only minimally invasive, patients also will not experience any discomfort, unlike with other procedures.
Benefits of PRP for Hair Restoration
People often choose to receive PRP treatment for hair restoration because it’s a fast and easy treatment. It can also have significant benefits, such as:
- Virtually no risk of adverse reactions.
- Stimulates hair follicle growth.
- May reduce shrinkage of the hair follicles, known as miniaturization.
- Gives good results to both genders.
- Benefits become gradually apparent, thereby reducing the chances that other people will notice you’ve had a procedure.
How is PRP for Hair Restoration Performed?
Using PRP to promote hair growth is a quick outpatient treatment that only takes about one hour. First, Dr. Hamilton takes a small sample of your blood and places it in a test tube. Next, the sample is placed in a centrifuge, which rotates at high speeds to separate the platelets and plasma from the other substances in the blood, which produces the platelet-rich plasma. Your scalp will be prepared and then the PRP is injected into your scalp where your hair is the thinnest. Right after this, Dr. Hamilton may use a microneedling procedure to produce minute wounds to your scalp, which will encourage additional release of growth factors in the PRP, thereby increasing its effects on the cellular activity surrounding the hair follicles.
The various growth factors that PRP contains promote the growth of hair and this treatment can be done after, during or before the procedure. Because evidence has indicated that semi-yearly or regular treatment with PRP could trigger hair growth, some people choose to receive the treatment every two to four months.
Preparing for PRP for Hair Restoration
Thoroughly wash your hair prior to your appointment to make sure your scalp is clean. Do not use any styling products afterward.
Recovery from PRP for Hair Restoration
You may notice that your scalp is somewhat numb immediately afterward but this should subside on its own in a few hours. During this time, you can go about your normal routine.
How much does PRP for Hair Restoration Cost in Indianapolis?
The cost depends on the degree of severity of your thinning hair and the kind of results you desire. For this reason, the cost varies for each patient and will be discussed during your consultation appointment. Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make hair restoration procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for PRP Therapy.
Is PRP for Hair Restoration Right for Me?
You might be a good candidate for PRP if you have poor hair quality, diminishing volume, decreasing hair coverage or increased hair loss. However, it’s strongly recommended to have a full medical evaluation to determine any possible cause of the hair loss.
For many years, PRP has been a successful treatment in other areas of medicine. The choice to undergo PRP is a personal one and it’s important that you only make this decision after thorough and careful research, talking with your doctor about your suitability for the procedure and considering whether it fits your unique needs. PRP is a safe and natural treatment because it uses healthy cells from your body and places them where they’re most needed. You cannot contract an infection from other people because the treatment uses only your own cells and these are never changed in any way. Your immune system also cannot reject them.
What to Expect During your Consultation
Dr. Hamilton will closely examine your scalp and hair to decide if you would be a good candidate for PRP. You’ll also need to fill out a comprehensive health history to make sure that there are no other problems that might result in complications.
If you’re tired of struggling with hair loss but you don’t want to deal with invasive surgeries, PRP may be the right option for you. Please contact Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Hamilton is located in Greenwood and Carmel and offers PRP treatment for residents in and around Indianapolis.