Men and women alike experience hair loss, especially after age 50, and since an abundant head of lustrous hair is universally considered attractive and healthy-looking, a reduction in locks can leave you self-conscious and discouraged.
It used to be that your choices were limited to FDA-approved medications like minoxidil and finasteride, which have to be taken on a continual basis, or the drastic, invasive hair transplant surgical procedure, but there’s a new therapy that’s bringing relief to many.
Dr. Santiago Centurian and Dr. Maria Joyce Rowena Bernabe have adopted platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy treatments, as an option for treating hair loss at Dermatology Associates of Central NJ, and we’re excited to share this game-changing procedure with you.
There are several factors that contribute to hair loss:
None of these factors are fair, but they affect millions. This is why PRP therapy is making such a splash in dermatology circles.
You may have heard about PRP therapy being used to promote healing and treat health issues like arthritis and sports injuries, but it’s being used increasingly with much success on patients for cosmetic procedures.
PRP therapy uses your body’s own plasma, which is made up of water and protein. It’s the agent that allows for your blood platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells to flow through your bloodstream.
The blood clotting agents are also imbued with potent growth factors. They are key to fueling the stimulation of your hair follicles and hair growth because they stimulate regenerative growth.
PRP therapy harvests your platelets and involves placing them where they can stimulate hair growth by being injected into your scalp.
Since the PRP therapy treatment is noninvasive, you experience little, if any, discomfort. As the initial step of your treatment, a team member from Dermatology Associates of Central NJ takes a blood sample from you, not unlike when you have it drawn for any other reason.
Our office is equipped with a device called a centrifuge that spins your blood sample and extracts the platelets to be used for your treatment.
After the platelets are separated and ready to be injected, Dr. Barnabe or Dr. Centurian applies a local anesthetic to your scalp and injects the platelets into your scalp. The injection step is done with a special needle, and you don’t feel pain during this step.
Not only do your blood platelets stimulate new hair growth, they bolster the follicles that are currently growing hair to do so even more robustly.
Results start soon after your treatment, but they aren’t visible to the naked eye. We check your hair growth about every three months with a special tool that detects it before it’s visible. At the 6-12 month point post-treatment, you’ll be delighted to notice obvious growth.
Your Dermatology Associates of Central NJ doctor will determine how often and how long you should come for treatments, depending on the treatment plan you formulated together. Many patients visit us every few months for treatment.
PRP therapy for hair loss may be just the solution for you. The first step is to schedule a consultation with us to see if you’re a candidate for this revolutionary treatment.
Call one of our three conveniently located offices to book an appointment, or schedule one online at our website. Get ready to grow a more luxurious mane and feel newly confident about how you look!