Hair loss is a major concern for many adults, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, or medical conditions or by styling products or practices. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat the issue, including platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. Dr. Ryan Krch N.M.D. of Krch AESTHETIC MEDICINE is one of only of a small handful of hair restoration practitioners to perform this innovative therapy in Phoenix, AZ. Platelet-rich plasma is a premier nonsurgical remedy for people that is showing remarkable benefits in slowing down, stopping, and reversing hair loss. PRP has shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. By mixing a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Ryan can help strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
Any person suffering with hair loss is essentially an ideal candidate for PRP therapy, but those with early hair loss usually yield the best results. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that commonly occurs along the top of the head. In women, this can sometimes look like a widening part with average hair thickness at the back of the head. Patients with sections of "weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with still functioning hair follicles typically have the best results with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
A minimally invasive procedure, PRP therapy is a short, 60-minute, in-office visit. The procedure begins with obtaining a small amount of your blood and placing it in a machine that rotates the blood at high speed to separate the platelets from the remaining portion of the blood components. Next, a local anesthetic is administered to your scalp, and the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is reintroduced into regions of your scalp that are thinning or bald. Finally, microneedling is performed on the scalp to create micro-trauma and micro-channels into the skin, which activates the PRP and permits it to penetrate deep into the skin. Our protocol for nonsurgical management of hair loss contains an initial treatment and maintenance treatments roughly every nine months to one year.
What to Expect
There's no downtime following this procedure, with almost no limitations or restrictions. If anything, patients may develop some redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms can last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, results are most often seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and can continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. As PRP is not a permanent alternative for hair loss, repeat treatments are suggested every 12 – 18 months. It is necessary to be aware that PRP does not grow new hair follicles in locations where you are already bald. It is used to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of PRP hair therapy?
During your consultation, Dr. Ryan will create your PRP treatment plan for your specific needs and desires. Then he can discuss the cost of your PRP therapy, depending on many factors, including the size of your treatment area and how many treatments you are getting. He will also talk to you about which payment methods Krch AESTHETIC MEDICINE accepts.
Can other hair treatments be combined with PRP?
PRP therapy can be combined with other treatments for many patients. Dr. Ryan might suggest at-home topical medication or microneedling, for example. Before designing your personalized PRP treatment plan, he will examine your scalp and level of hair loss. After his examination, Dr. Ryan will talk with you about his recommendations for your best options and results.
Are PRP treatments needed often or regularly?
PRP treatments typically need to be done once a month for at least three months to achieve results. Based on your goals and your stage of hair loss, Dr. Ryan will be able to recommend how many sessions you will need, as well as the frequency of sessions needed to stimulate your hair growth. The number and frequency of sessions maybe be higher at first if your hair loss is more advanced. Treatments can decrease once you are seeing results.
How significant are the results of PRP hair therapy?
It does take time for PRP to stimulate the new growth process, as well as for any new growth to be visible, so remember to be patient with your results. Also, the severity of your hair loss, number and frequency of treatments, etc., will determine the outcomes of your PRP therapy. Dr. Ryan can talk to you about whether you are a good candidate and what your expectations should realistically be. It is possible that you will need continuing PRP therapy to limit hair loss and keep your results.
Will I experience pain from the PRP injections?
You will be kept comfortable during your injection treatments by a numbing serum applied to your scalp. The numbing serum minimizes any sensations to the scalp. If you have any worries about pain, discomfort, or topical anesthesia, don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Ryan. After your PRP injections, you may experience very temporary numbness or tingling. This is normal and is not cause for concern.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,025 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- 24 Hours
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 1.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 Months – 1 Year
- Procedure Recovery Location
new growth stimulation
PRP therapy is a scientifically backed alternative for individuals struggling to choose between hair loss solutions. At Krch AESTHETIC MEDICINE, we are honored to provide effective solutions to efficiently treat thinning hair. To find out more about PRP sessions, we welcome you to call our Phoenix, AZ office today.