Though the concept of regenerative medicine once existed only in science fiction, it has now become a practical reality benefiting many patients. Dermatology and cosmetic medicine are leading the charge toward this emerging technique, which uses the body’s cells to stimulate and support healing. One such method, platelet-rich plasma therapy, has already delivered exciting results in hair restoration and skin rejuvenation.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
As technology and medical science continue advancing, so has our understanding of the healing process. PRP is a scientifically backed technique that continues to gain support from a growing body of medical research and studies published worldwide.
For the past two decades, doctors have successfully used PRP in specialties like oral surgery, neurosurgery, sports medicine, and orthopedics. In recent years, PRP therapy has also emerged as a breakthrough treatment to promote growth in the scalp and hair follicles.
PRP for Hair Growth
In your body, platelets play an essential role in wound healing. You may know that they help blood clot when you experience an injury, but platelets are also rich in growth factors that can stimulate cell reproduction and tissue regeneration, making them “super-healers.” PRP therapy mimics your natural recovery process, which is why its potential is so exciting.
Since platelet-rich plasma derives from your blood, there is never any need to worry about compatibility, infections, allergic reactions, or other complications. PRP treatment starts with a simple blood draw, which will be familiar to you if you’ve ever donated blood or had a routine medical checkup. Then, we’ll spin the blood through a high-speed centrifuge to separate the platelets, which we will inject into targeted areas of your scalp using a small needle.
At our San Francisco dermatology clinic, we can perform PRP as a stand-alone treatment, or as a complementary therapy to other hair transplant surgery techniques. Because semiannual or regular therapy may prompt hair growth, we advise patients to schedule one PRP treatment per month for four months, then once every four to six months thereafter. After a year, we will assess the results, and if you are satisfied with your appearance, we recommend a maintenance regimen of two to three treatments every year.
The Advantages of PRP Therapy in San Francisco
PRP therapy offers many benefits for patients who are concerned about thinning hair, increased shedding, decreased hair volume, or loss of overall scalp coverage.
- All-natural, practically painless, non-surgical remedy for hair loss
- Short, outpatient procedure that you can have done on your lunch hour
- Safe, reliable, and produces excellent results
- Requires no downtime for recovery
PRP Treatment From Experienced Dermatologists
The decision to get PRP therapy is intensely personal, and you should only make it after careful consideration and research on all your various options. If you are considering PRP therapy for its restorative benefits, reach out today to schedule a private consultation with us at Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco. Our board-certified dermatologists will gladly meet with you to discuss your goals, expectations, and candidacy for this innovative treatment.