Is This Vancouver Clinic Eliminating the Need for Hair Transplants?
Are you experiencing hair loss? You are not alone! If you find that your hair is thinner than it used to be, join the club. By the age of 35, approximately 66% of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss, and by the age of 50, you are doomed as almost 85% of men show significantly thinner hair.
Non-Invasive Alternatives to Hair Transplant
If you are losing your hair, you may be considering a hair transplant as a solution. However, did you know that there are non-invasive alternatives to hair transplants that can give you similar results? Here is a look at some options available to you.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
The most common non-surgical alternative is platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). PRP is made from a small sample of your blood. The blood is placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then injected into the scalp with a needle. This stimulates new hair growth and thickens existing hair.
Dr. Christopher Pavlou is a leading expert in skincare and medical aesthetics here in Vancouver, and has looked into solutions for hair restoration. Using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), a technology using a patient’s own blood, for skin rejuvenation, he found that it is also a very effective way to treat thinning hair and hair loss.
What Exactly is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is nothing new. It has been used since the 1980s for problems such as healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP is a three-step medical treatment in which a patient’s blood is drawn to extract the PRP and then injected into the scalp where hair loss/thinning is present. Platelets are the components of our blood that contain multiple growth factors and nutrients. This procedure stimulates new growth of the hair.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Technique: Micro droplet injection or meso gun therapy.
A sample of your blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the sample. Platelet-rich plasma releases growth factors when injected into the scalp, causing increased tissue rejuvenation and growth. This procedure is unique because your own natural tissue is used to rejuvenate yourself without foreign substances or surgical intervention, eliminating the risk of immune rejection or complications.
How Long Does PRP Therapy Take?
Procedure Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
The actual procedure takes between 45 minutes to an hour. First, the blood is drawn, typically from the patient’s arm. It is then put into a centrifuge to get separated into three layers: Platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and red blood cells. Only the platelet-rich plasma is then drawn up into a syringe and injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth. All this with zero downtime to the patient.
How Often Do I Have to Repeat PRP Therapy?
Results: Gradual improvements over time and with several treatments.
The patients will see gradual improvements over time and usually require three treatments 4–6 weeks apart, after which maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.
Are There Possible Side-Effects?
The PRP therapy uses a patient’s blood, and therefore, there is no risk of getting a communicable disease. As anesthetics are used, the patient will have to let the doctor know in advance if there are known allergies to anesthetics.
Benefits of PRP Treatment
PRP is a promising treatment for hair loss and thinning. PRP has been shown in clinical trials to stimulate new growth on the scalp. Benefits include:
- Help with many hair loss conditions.
- Promotes hair growth in conditions such as alopecia.
- Natural-looking results are typically apparent in four sessions.
- No recovery time is needed for your sessions.
- Highly successful.
There you go. An innovative solution to help you avoid hats, shaving, scalpels or a comb over — contact the clinic right here in your city.