More than 80 million men and women in the United States experience alopecia, or hair loss. Not having a full head of hair can have a significant impact on your self-confidence and self-esteem. Board-certified dermatologist, Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD, at Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, can restore lost hair and improve hair health with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. To schedule a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Alopecia is a medical term used to describe hair loss that occurs anywhere on your body. There are many types of alopecia with a range of causes. Androgenic alopecia, sometimes referred to as male- or female-patterned hair loss, is the most common and affects both men and women.
You may be at risk of developing this type of hair loss if it runs in your family. High levels of the male androgens (hormones) have also been linked to androgenic alopecia.
When it comes to restoring your hair loss, you have many treatment options, including PRP therapy, which is considered a safe and effective option that causes few, if any, side effects.
PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that stimulates the regrowth of healthy cells to replace diseased or damaged cells. PRP, which Dr. Kolansky creates from a sample of your own blood, contains a high concentration of platelets. In addition to stopping cuts from bleeding, platelets also contain growth factors that instruct your tissues to regenerate and multiply.
When it comes to alopecia, PRP treatment:
PRP therapy treatment for alopecia has been shown to be as effective as prescription topical agents in restoring hair loss.
Dr. Kolansky determines if you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy treatment for your alopecia during a consultation. While there’s no one treatment that works for all when it comes to your health needs, he reviews all of your options, and together you determine the treatment that gets you the results you want.
Dr. Kolansky performs PRP treatment for alopecia at the office. He first prepares your PRP by taking a sample of blood from your arm, which he spins in a centrifuge to separate the healing properties from the other components in your blood.
Once your PRP is ready, Dr. Kolansky injects it into specific areas of your scalp. To ease the discomfort, he may provide an anesthetic before he places the PRP injections. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes or less.
There’s no downtime following your PRP therapy, but Dr. Kolansky advises against using any harsh chemicals in your hair for up to 48 hours after your treatment. You may begin to see an improvement in the thickness and health of your hair about three months after you start treatment.
To get the best results, Dr. Kolansky recommends four treatments at one month intervals, followed by maintenance treatments 2-4 times a year.
To schedule an appointment to learn more about treatment for alopecia, call Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center today or request an appointment online.