PRP is used as a non-surgical approach to hair restoration and hair loss. The main uses include but are not limited to: male pattern balding, female pattern loss, scarring alopecia, and occasionally alopecia areata.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of your own autologous platelets which have reservoirs filled with powerful growth factors and healing agents. It is “harvested” from your own blood. This is done by collecting a small volume of your blood and spinning it down to separate the red blood cells from the platelet cells. This resulting PRP is then activated and introduced back to an area by a tiny injection. PRP helps signal your body’s own stem cells and growth cells to ‘jump start’ the healing, repair, and rejuvenating process.
What is Alopecia (or Hair Loss)?
Hair thinning and loss is common with aging. Over 40% of women report hair loss by age 40, 85% of men by age 50!
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
The revolutionary PRP Hair Regrowth procedure uses your own Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injected into the scalp to encourage new hair growth. The application of PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. Follicular progenitor cells become activated, and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid development of new blood vessels and localized cell growth.
What Types of Conditions Respond to the PRP Hair Restoration Treatment?
The PRP Hair Restoration technique is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for a number of causes including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in the early stages of balding, or anytime there is a lot of miniaturized hair on the scalp
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis
- Metabolic causes of hair loss – iron deficiency and medication induced hair loss
How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?
This is an effective treatment in both men and women who are not interested in surgery. The procedure takes about an hour to complete. First, a blood sample is collected from the patient which will be processed to produce the PRP.
Next a local anesthetic is administered to completely numb the treatment area, providing a very comfortable treatment session for the patient. The PRP are combined and then injected into the treatment area.
The procedure involves little to no downtime. Patients can expect some swelling and mild pain of the treatment area which normally resolves within 24 hours.
Patients can immediately wash and style their hair post treatment. New hair growth can be seen as early as 4 weeks, but the patient should expect growth between 3 and 6 months, with improvement up to one year.
Add-Ons to Improve Hair Health and Growth that we Utilize at aNu:
Supplemental Support: these supplements can aid in halting hair loss and improving hair texture/strength and are included with your PRP package:
- Hydrolyzed Collagen
- Saw Palmetto for men 1 daily, (IF NEEDED – blocks conversion of testosterone to DHT)
- Injected IM Vitamin D and B complex on each treatment day to further improve hair growth
OPTIONAL ADD ON: Bosley Hair Package for Men or Women for 6 months.
Why Choose aNu?
Cristyn Watkins, MD is proud to offer all of the Vampire treatments. She is trained under Dr. Charles Runels, creator of the Vampire Facelift and O-Shot, to learn his techniques. Only members of the PRP Hair Restoration® provider group know how to perform the procedure and own the license to use the name.
Dr. Cristyn Watkins is a licensed provider of the trademark Vampire® procedures. She is also a Functional and Wellness Physician and is able to get to the root of hair loss if required by looking at:
- Hormone Testing (blood and/or saliva)
- Ferritin (iron storage protein)
- Complete thyroid panel
- Adrenal Testing
- Micronutrient Testing