Your blood contains three compontents: red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. Plasma has an important role to play in your body, as it is a rich source of growth factors. Growth factors are a substance that is important in helping your body stimulate growth and regeneration. After scientists discovered that plasma could be helpful in regenerating cells in your body, PRP therapy was developed. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. It has been used for decades to stimualate healing in injured ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Now its use is being extended to hair growth, and we are proud to offer this service at Elite Health Hawaii!
What is PRP and How Does it Work?
The PRP procedure works like this: a small amount of blood is extracted from your body and placed into a centrifuge, which spins and separates your blood cells from your plasma. This concentrates the amount of plasma from the blood sample. One this is completed, we are able to reinsert this plasma back into the area of your body that requires cell regeneration. For hair growth, this means injecting platelet-rich plasma into the areas of your scalp that have been suffering from hair loss.
The benefits of PRP is that since we are using your own blood, there is no risk of disease or contamination. Rare side effects of PRP can include temporary pain or bruising at the injection area, or injury to blood vessels or nerves. There’s no downtime, but it’s best to avoid hair maintenance procedures such as blow-drying or processing for a few days while the plasma begins the regeneration process. Treatments should be performed once a month for three or four months, then every three to six months afterwards. You’ll begin to see results within two to three months
PRP for Hair Loss works best for patients who are in the early stages of hair loss (stages where you begin to see thinning) rather than the advanced, but it’s best to see us for a consultation to find out if you are an ideal candiate for this therapy.