We tend to take great pride in our hair, with some referring to it as a ‘crown’. Indeed, in many cultures and religions, hair carries great significance – so it’s no surprise that for anyone, hair loss or thinning can be quite alarming. This can be caused by illness, hormonal changes, or the side effects of some medicines. Genetics is also a factor, as well as epigenetics, which is the way our genes are influenced by the environment – such as stress.
PRP, platelet-rich plasma, is a safe and effective treatment to encourage the growth of existing hair follicles and make the hair appear fuller and healthier without the need for surgery. PRP therapy has been used for decades, though only recently has it been used to stimulate hair growth.
At her office in Manhattan, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler transforms her patients’ lives through PRP treatments, helping them rediscover confidence and a youthful look.
How does PRP work?
PRP treatments use your body’s own growth hormones and healing response. Vials of a patients’ blood are taken (often less than what is given during a blood test) and placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood to separate it into platelet-poor plasma, red blood cells, and platelet-rich plasma. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the scalp – increasing blood supply to hair follicles and increasing the thickness of the shafts of hair. As hair loss is generally caused by a lack of cell renewal, PRP is an excellent treatment because it stimulates the production of healthy new cells, and is often combined with other hair-enhancing treatments.
The ideal candidate for PRP
PRP is an option for both males and females with pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia), and those with hair dystrophy. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so an ideal candidate is someone who is noticing thinning or regression of the hairline. Women with hair loss after pregnancy benefit from PRP too, due to the natural, non-invasive nature of the treatment.
However, those with blood disorders, chronic skin disease, platelet dysfunction syndromes, or low platelet counts should consult their doctor before commencing, and may need to refrain from PRP treatments.
Personalized care with Dr. Gendler
At your consultation, Dr. Gendler will undertake a thorough assessment of your hair and scalp, and discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations with you. As PRP works well with other products and treatments to supplement, Dr. Gendler will recommend which of these would be appropriate for your unique circumstances, as part of your personalized treatment plan. She understands how concerning hair loss can be, and takes a highly personalized approach to her treatments to ensure all her patients have access to the treatments and products that will work best for them.
What to expect from PRP treatments
Depending on the size of the treatment area, your PRP appointment will take between 30 and 60 minutes. Blood is drawn, usually from your arm, and placed in the centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood. These platelets are then placed into syringes and injected into the treatment area via very fine injections.
A benefit of PRP is that there is no downtime, and patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment. However, it is recommended you refrain from washing your hair for 24 hours, as well as any head massages or activities where contact is made with the head for 48 hours.
Results can best be seen after approximately two to three months, though a number of treatments may be needed, as well as maintenance treatments in the long term.
Book your PRP treatment for hair loss in NYC today
Rediscover, healthy, thick hair with PRP treatments and a personalized treatment plan from Dr. Gendler. As a leading authority in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Gendler is well regarded by both her patients and the medical community and strives to produce the best experience for everyone she treats.
For more information about PRP treatments in New York City, contact Gendler Dermatology today at (212) 288-8222 to schedule a consultation.
The scalp and face are sensitive areas, so there can be some discomfort during and after treatment. However, depending on how many syringes are used, these injections are usually over in just a few minutes. You may take acetaminophen based pain relief (which does not thin the blood) beforehand to reduce discomfort.
The number of treatments needed will depend on your personal circumstances, though in most cases, PRP therapy requires approximately three treatments, four to six weeks apart. After this, you may need maintenance treatments every four to six months, or up to a year in some cases.
Results vary person by person, though with maintenance, benefits can be continued to be seen for as long as two years before potentially needing another number of sessions, or alternative treatment.