Hair loss can affect our appearance as well as our self-esteem. Although hair loss is usually associated with aging, many men and women may notice their hair thinning in their teens.
It can affect a patient’s life personally and professionally and cause a major blow to their self-confidence. Therefore, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Montante, offers hair regeneration through platelet-rich plasma treatments (PRP) at his state-of-the-art surgical center in historic Richmond, Virginia.
What is It?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, Microneedling is a popular skin care procedure which utilizes micro-needles to create tiny injuries on the skin. This process is designed to trick the body into producing more elastin and collagen which your body uses for healing purposes. When applied to the scalp, Microneedling will open healing channels and allow Platelet-Rich Plasma to penetrate skin layers.
After applying PRP treatment to the scalp through Microneedling, the healing process includes restoring hair growth. PRP uses your body’s blood growth factors to promote skin healing and hair regeneration. Platelet-Rich Plasma will cause hair follicles to shift into a growing phase by creating new blood supplies and delivering the proper nutrients to deprived hair follicles. This process will encourage new hair growth for a thicker, healthier head of hair.
Optimal Results with No Downtime
The PRP process is quick and painless. First, a small amount of your blood is drawn and processed through a special centrifuge which separates the platelet-rich plasma from your blood. This process takes approximately ten minutes. Then, Dr. Montante applies the PRP to your scalp through Microneedling.
There is minimal risk and no downtime because the procedure activates your body’s healing process to enact hair growth. Multiple treatment sessions are often necessary for best results.
PRP for Hair Loss Candidates
Any patient who experiences hair loss is a suitable candidate for PRP treatments. Best results come from treatments for patients early in the hair loss process. This patient generally deals with hair loss at the crown of the scalp.
A thicker and healthier head of hair may require multiple treatment sessions at six to eight-week intervals. Your results are gradual with best results visible from six months to a year, depending on condition before treatment begins.
Initial results include a decrease in hair loss, then early regrowth and an increase in hair length. Multiple treatment sessions over the long-term will stimulate growth and stem cells which promote hair regeneration and halt hair loss.
Dr. Montante may recommend topical treatments to enhance results. These treatments may include over-the-counter or medical-grade products.