My boyfriend was at Body Tonic this past week (blush). Even though we’ve been together for a long time he still makes me giddy. So I was very happy to see him at my place of business for a few hours. He was our model for the PRP for hair restoration demonstration. When we scheduled this demo, I jumped at the chance to have him be the model.
Hair loss is definitely in the top three of things he thinks about. If we are watching TV, he says: That guy sure has a good head of hair! Or if we are sitting at the coffee shop: Bethie, do you think I’d look good like that (points to a guy with a beard and mostly shaved head). Or, standing in line waiting for a booth at Thai Kitchen:
Me: Are you thinking about your hair right now?
So of course when I asked him about it, I knew nothing would stand in the way of the possibility of more hair. So on Thursday morning, we were all crowded into Room 3, with Iris and Gina taking turns injecting his PRP (platelet rich plasma) into various sections of his scalp.
So How Does It Work?
The before and afters, which are below, are really very dramatic. This is not a new procedure, and PRP has been used to help regenerate tissue in many other areas. Your platelets contain healing growth factors. Those growth factors essentially give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. This has lead different fields of medicine to use PRP for wound healing, to speed up recovery time, and regrow healthier, stronger tissue.
And more recently, new benefits for hair thickening and regrowth have been discovered. With PRP for hair, your growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle, and jump start dormant hair back into the growth stage (continued PRP injections keep the hair in a sustained growth phase).
PRP is not a cure for baldness. However, regular treatments can significantly slow down the effects of baldness while also increasing hair density.
Increases blood supply to the follicle
Increases hair shaft size (thickness)
Triggers and maintains the growth phase
Controls hair growth cycle
Decreases hair loss
How many treatments are needed?
The initial treatment is three sessions, one month apart. Then approximately two maintenance sessions per year are needed to maintain your results. The pictures below show patients who have already entered their maintenance phase.