Hair loss treatment with supplements
Hair loss occurs in both men and women, and is often treatable. Most men are prescribed Propecia or Minoxidil solution to help with hair regrowth. For women, we often perform lab tests to rule out certain causes of hair loss. We then have a variety of medications and supplements which can help restore hair volume in most cases.
Hair loss treatment with PRP
At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, we offer a myriad of treatments for alopecia, or hair loss. The newest option is PRP therapy, which is suitable for both men and women. Platelet rich plasma can help encourage hair growth by stimulating the stem cells and inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.
How does PRP For hair loss work?
Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) is blood plasma that contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, spinning it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the scalp. The application of PRP causes hair follicles that are miniaturized to become larger and healthier, thus promoting hair growth. New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months following treatment, but is usually more evident between 5-8 months. Hair growth will continue to improve up to a year after treatment.
How do you perform the procedure?
Blood is drawn in our office just like having a routine blood testing at a primary care physician’s office. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the platelet rich plasma is separated from the red blood cells. CCSD uses the Eclipse PRP System, which is a quick, easy process that delivers consistent platelet concentration. Once the plasma is separated, it is then injected into the scalp where hair restoration is needed. PRP is close to a physiologic pH, which means it is less likely to cause a stinging or burning sensation. There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site, but quickly resolves. Equally important, PRP is produced from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. A course of treatments will be determined by the Provider during consultation.