Island Medical Laser offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and the newer plasma rich fibrin (PRF) treatments for hair restoration that can improve the thickness of thinning hair and combat hair loss by repairing damaged hair follicles. This hair restoration treatment can yield natural-looking results similar to hair transplant procedures and has little to no downtime or recovery period associated with it. PRP/PRF* therapy is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical alternative to other hair restoration treatments that require extensive surgical procedures with long recovery periods.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?
PRP/PRF* therapies are restorative medical treatments that consist of a concentrated level of platelets that work to regenerate and repair damaged hair follicles and stimulate hair regrowth. When used for hair restoration, PRP therapy stimulates circulation in the treated area and brings nutrients to the hair follicles, resulting in healthier, fuller hair.
How many treatments will I need?
In order to achieve the optimal results of PRP/PRF* therapy for hair restoration, we recommend a series of three to five treatment sessions spaced approximately four weeks apart. Additional maintenance treatment sessions may be required for continued improvement in hair restoration.
Benefits of Using PRP/PRF* for Hair Restoration
- Strengthens hair follicles
- Little to no downtime
- Promotes new hair growth
When will I see results?
Many patients will see a visible improvement in the thickness of hair in the treated area three to six months after a treatment session. Results of this treatment develop gradually as the growth factors in the PRP/PRF regenerate hair follicles at a cellular level. Results may vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of hair loss prior to treatment sessions and other individual factors.
Is there any downtime?
PRP/PRF therapies for hair restoration treatments have no downtime associated with them and most patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after a treatment session. Some patients may experience some mild scalp tenderness for the first few days following a treatment session. Any discomfort can be managed using over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. Patients should avoid using chemicals or hair dyes for at least 48 hours after a treatment session.
Do you want to learn more about how PRP/PRF* can be used for hair restoration? Contact our office in Roslyn Heights today for further information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you!
*PRP vs PRF: What’s the difference?
Although there are some basic similarities between platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin, it is the differences between these two products that makes platelet-rich fibrin stand out as a superior treatment option.
Newer research is showing that a platelet product that has an even higher concentration of platelets, as well as a concentration of some white blood cells and stem cells, is even more effective than traditional platelet-rich plasma. With this new information, platelet-rich fibrin was created. The PRF product is spun at a lower speed so that the layers of the blood do not separate out as distinctly. This allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer that is collected for treatment. Thus, there are more healing factors within PRF than is typically seen in PRP. In addition, the lower spin speed causes less trauma to the individual cells of the blood, allowing more stem cells to remain in the final PRF product.
Another distinct difference between platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin is the concentration of platelets within the final product. Literature states that an ideal concentration of platelets for a platelet rich plasma sample is between 2-5 times the level of platelets typically found within the body. Newer literature now points out that an even higher concentration of platelets may be even more effective in the treatment of tissue damage. Platelet-rich fibrin products contain approximately 10 times the platelet concentration that is found within the body.