Those who are looking for a hair restoration procedure that does not require surgery often turn to PRP therapy. Montclair, NJ residents in need of PRP therapy, turn to New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, serving patients from Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is a PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy involves using platelet-rich plasma to help regenerate new hair growth. Plasma contains approximately five times the amount of platelets that are normally found in the blood. Platelets are responsible for clotting whenever there is a wound, and they also contain growth properties that help spur cell regeneration. As such, PRP therapy is an effective way to revive damaged hair follicles, thereby stimulating them to grow new strands.
The Best Candidates for PRP Therapy
The best candidates for PRP therapy are those who:
- Do not have any bleeding disorders
- Have a relatively healthy immune system
- Are not taking blood thinning medications
- Do not have an iron deficiency
PRP therapy is also most effective on those who are experiencing only a moderate amount of hair loss.
Planning Your PRP Therapy
No downtime is needed whatsoever after PRP therapy. You will only need to schedule about a half day off from work in order to undergo this procedure. You should not donate blood or plasma for approximately two to three weeks beforehand to ensure there is an adequate supply available.
Preparing for Your PRP Therapy
You may need to stop smoking or taking certain medications just prior to PRP therapy. Dr. DiBernardo will discuss these things with you during your initial consultation. Aside from that, no other preparations are needed.
Types of Anesthesia
One of the biggest benefits to PRP therapy is the fact that no anesthesia whatsoever is required. Since this procedure is no more uncomfortable than donating blood, there is not even a need for a sedative to help you relax.
The PRP Therapy Procedure
A nurse will collect approximately 60 to 100 ml of blood with a syringe. While you lounge comfortably in a chair, this blood will them be placed in a machine known as a centrifuge. The centrifuge takes the donated blood and “spins” it for approximately 15 minutes in order to separate the various components of it. When this process is complete, the platelet rich plasma is removed, and the other contents are discarded.
Micro-needling is performed on the area of your scalp where hair thinning or loss has occurred. A special roller instrument that contains very tiny needles penetrates the skin slightly. This “tricks” the body into thinking it has been injured, thereby stimulating the healing process. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the same area where micro-needling has just taken place. These platelets stimulate new hair to grow over the course of several weeks.
How Much Does PRP Therapy Cost?
PRP therapy is a highly customized procedure, which is why it is not possible to provide you with a cost up front. During your consultation Dr. DiBernardo will assess the amount of hair loss you have and then tailor a PRP therapy procedure especially for you. At that time, he will be better able to provide you with an accurate cost. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are also available via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM.
After Your PRP Therapy
You should avoid sun exposure and the use of chemical straighteners, coloring or styling products until the area where micro-needling has occurred is completely healed.
Getting Back to Normal Following PRP Therapy
Dr. DiBernardo will provide you with post-operative instructions on caring for the treated area and for your new hair as it grows in. Be sure to follow these instructions precisely to ensure the best possible results.
PRP therapy is an effective way to stimulate your own hair growth and emerging research shows it may even be beneficial at preventing hair loss from occurring in the first place. Residents of Bloomfield, Essex County, and Morristown should contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ to schedule a consultation.