For many, hair is not just a part of who you are, but is also considered to be a reflection of your personal style. This is why experiencing hair loss can be such a personal and emotional struggle. Thankfully, Dr. Colin Hong and his clinic have various options available to help restore your hair. One of the minimally invasive treatments available at our clinic are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
If you are experiencing hair loss, Dr. Colin Hong may be able to help you with a personalized PRP treatment. For inquiries and appointments, please contact Dr. Colin Hong ‘s office online or by phone at (416) 222-6986.
What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained by drawing your own blood and refining it to separate the plasma from other components. Plasma releases growth factors that can trigger cell proliferation and regeneration. This plasma is then injected into areas of your body that need repair. It is like a boost of healing ingredients that is completely natural since it is derived from your own body.
What Can PRP for Hair Loss Do for Patients?
PRP is used in hair restoration in order to achieve denser, thicker hair in a natural way. Using a needle, your very own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into your scalp to promote hair growth. PRP is known to be a modern and non-surgical treatment for hair loss or thinning of hair. PRP can be performed on both males and females, and can result in fuller and healthier looking hair that can bring back one’s confidence.
How PRP for Hair Loss Works
Step 1: Preparation
If you qualify for PRP, your doctor will inform you of how to prepare and what to expect. There are some prescription drugs, over the counter medications, and medicinal herbs that should be avoided which may cause more bleeding during the blood draw. Particularly, aspirin and ibuprofen should not be taken up to two weeks before the procedure. In addition, you should wash your hair and avoid any hair products the morning of the treatment. You may also be asked to bring a clean hat to wear after the procedure. Because PRP involves drawing blood from your veins, you should make sure you have eaten and drunk plenty of fluids prior to your appointment to avoid feeling dizzy or light headed.
Step 2: The Procedure
Dr. Colin Hong will first draw a few vials of blood from a vein in your arm. He will then use a special machine that will spin and separate the plasma from the rest of the blood’s elements. Then the doctor will carefully inject the PRP into several locations under the scalp which will release growth factors to your hair follicles. The procedure will likely take approximately 30 minutes, and you should be able to resume your normal activities afterward.
Step 3: After PRP Treatment
After the procedure, you should avoid washing your hair for 48 hours. You may also experience soreness and bruising for 2-3 days from the treatment area and blood draw site. There may be mild discomfort that can be remedied with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Results may take up to 6 months to see the full effect of the treatment. Repeat treatments as often as once a year may be advisable to maintain the improvement in hair development and appearance.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma
It’s 100% Natural!
The good thing about PRP is that it uses your own blood plasma which then is injected into the area where you want hair restoration. This kind of hair restoration treatment is ideal for those who do not want any foreign substances entering their body.
Short Recovery Time
Compared with other hair restoration treatments, PRP has one of the shortest recovery periods. Though, you may experience soreness and redness in the area, this will only last 2-3 days, and you should be able to immediately resume your normal daily activities.
Long Lasting Effect
PRP results are not permanent. However, patients who have regular upkeep of their PRP treatments once every year or so can have thicker, healthier hair for many years.
Can Boost Your Confidence
PRP helps to encourage your hair to grow fuller and thicker. The improvement in your appearance can help to boost your confidence and make you look and feel younger.
Little to No risk
PRP treatment is a popular non-invasive hair treatment with a low risk factor. Given that PRP only uses your own blood, negative side effects are minimal, and similar to those of getting routine bloodwork done. With PRP, you can achieve a desirable result in a brief session without having to stress over an extensive procedure.
Why Choose Dr. Colin Hong
Long-Standing Reputation for Excellence in Patient Care
Dr. Hong believes that deciding on any treatment or doctor is a crucial decision. That is why for him, it is important that you are confident with your choice in practice to make sure that you have a positive experience. Armed with continuous training in the field for advancements and updated methods, Dr. Hong has carried out thousands of effective hair restoration treatments. He has helped numerous patients restore their confidence and positive self-image with hair restoration, and also expects to continue providing his services to many more patients.
Delivering Exceptional Outcomes
Along with providing exceptional hair transplants, Dr. Hong is among the most experienced, well-informed, and approachable plastic surgeons in the field. He is committed to providing a quality and professional approach to his patients. With his experienced and skilled staff, they are able to offer you the best possible care you deserve.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Colin Hong to figure out if PRP treatment is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Is a Good Candidate For PRP Hair Treatment?
PRP can be performed on males and females alike who are beginning to experience hair loss. For best results, the candidate should have small areas of loss or thinning hair where there are still some hair follicles present. PRP does not grow new follicles, and is only able to boost hair growth from follicles that are already present. If you are looking for hair restoration in areas where there are no hair follicles, then maybe hair transplant surgery is the solution for you. PRP is not advised for patients with low or abnormal platelets, anemia, cancer or infection. Book a consultation with Dr. Colin Hong to see if PRP is a good hair restoration treatment for you.
How Safe Is PRP Hair Treatment?
Considering PRP uses only your own blood to promote hair growth, it is very safe. No foreign substances are injected into your body. Side effects include those common to blood draws and injections including bruising, redness, swelling, and slight pain.
What Should I Avoid After PRP?
To optimize the results of your PRP procedure, it is best if you avoid alcohol and smoking for the first few days. Do not expose the collection or injection area to extreme temperatures. Avoid hot tubs, saunas, ice or hot packs for 72 hours.
Is PRP for Hair Loss Painful?
Most patients who undergo PRP for hair loss experience minimal discomfort. The collecting of blood is similar to getting regular bloodwork done at a lab. The injections back into the scalp are used with a small gauged needle to reduce pain.
How Long Does PRP Treatment Last for Hair Loss?
The results of PRP last around 1-3 years. However, if you regularly do touch up treatments every year or so, the results can last much longer.
How Long Does PRP Treatment Take?
After the initial consultation, each PRP session takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Complete PRP therapy may take 6-9 months, depending on the extent of hair loss.
What Should I Look for in a Hair Restoration Specialist Before Booking a PRP Hair Growth Appointment?
PRP is a specialized procedure, and you should look for a professional with the right knowledge and experience to perform it for you. Dr. Colin Hong is a board-certified plastic surgeon who keeps up to date with the latest research and technology in regards to cosmetic procedures. He performs the entire PRP procedure with you himself.
When Can You Expect Results From PRP and How Long Do They Last?
It may take up to 6 months to notice the full effect of your PRP treatment, although you should be able to start seeing changes within 3 months of the procedure. After treatment, it is recommended that you have another injection every 6-12 months to achieve and maintain the best results.
How Does Combining PRP Treatments Help With the Overall Results of Treatment?
PRP can be used in combination with other hair restoration techniques to enhance their effectiveness. It is common for patients who are having hair transplants to also receive PRP injections to promote the viability of their transplanted hair. PRP can also be used in conjunction with medicinal solutions for hair loss such as finasteride and minoxidil in order to achieve optimal results.