Excessive shedding and thinning hair typically indicate that balding has begun. Fortunately, men and women experiencing early signs of hair loss, thinning hair, and areas of baldness can often stop hair loss and activate lasting growth with platelet-rich plasma therapy. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a groundbreaking hair restoration treatment that revives dormant hair follicles and thickens fine, thinning strands of hair.
Platelet-rich plasma hair loss treatment is a natural, safe, non-invasive therapy offering outstanding results. Board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Farah Moustafa and Dr. Melissa Michelon specializes in platelet-rich plasma treatments for hair loss in Boston, MA.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma for Hair Loss?
Platelet-rich plasma for hair loss is a three-step, non-surgical process that encourages natural hair growth and increases the thickness of the hair shaft. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is found naturally in the blood and is responsible for cell development, clotting, and healing. The PRP hair loss treatment uses isolated plasma to stop hair loss and to help patients naturally restore thinning hair.
Dr. Moustafa and Dr. Michelon performs PRP for patients with early signs of hair loss. When dormant hair follicles shrink in diameter and produce more delicate, thinner strands, the PRP treatment reactivates the follicles and strengthens the hair strands.
Benefits of PRP Hair Treatments in Boston, MA
Platelet-rich plasma is a natural healing source that has been used for many years by sports medicine doctors and cosmetic surgeons to reduce bruising, enhance recovery, rejuvenate the skin, and promote healing. PRP hair restoration is a groundbreaking treatment that offers the following benefits:
- Involves a nonsurgical treatment process
- Restores dying or dormant hair follicles
- Stimulates follicles to generate thicker hair strands
- Slows or stops early signs of male or female pattern baldness
- Activates new hair growth
- Offers an affordable option compared to hair transplants
- Poses virtually no risks
- Requires no downtime or recovery period
- Utilizes natural cells in the blood to stimulate healthy hair
- Improves thinning hair and bald patches
- Prevents hair loss
- Creates a younger, healthier appearance
PRP for Hair Loss Consultation in Boston, MA
Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon examine patients with thinning hair during a platelet-rich plasma hair loss consultation in Boston, MA, to determine if PRP is the best treatment option. PRP hair restoration provides the best results for men and women in the first stages of hair loss. The early signs of hair loss in men are typically a receding hairline or thinning hair in the crown. Women usually experience overall shedding with hair loss along their part.
The doctor examines potential candidates, reviews their health history, and determines their candidacy for PRP therapy. Patients with an underlying condition, such as lupus, or those with advanced stages of hair loss might not benefit from PRP hair treatments.
During the consultation, Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon explains the PRP procedure, shares before and after photos from other patients, and presents the expected results before scheduling the treatment. Patients typically receive three PRP treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart with ongoing maintenance procedures every 4 to 6 months.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Preparation
Our staff provides each patient with a PRP preparation list during their consultation. Patients are asked to discontinue any blood thinning and anti-inflammatory supplements and medications 7 to 14 days before the procedure, such as:
- Cod liver oil
- Vitamin A
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon will review all medications and may recommend stopping medicines that thin the blood for some time before the treatment, such as Plavix, Coumadin, and Heparin. Patients may also need to change beta-blocker medication to selective beta-blocker medicines before the treatment.
Patients must be adequately hydrated and are encouraged to drink 8 to 10 8-ounce glasses of water on the day before treatment and 16 ounces two hours before the treatment. Patients are also encouraged to minimize or avoid alcohol for three days before the treatment, stop smoking, and avoid sun exposure for one week for the treatment. They may color their hair up to seven days before the treatment.
The PRP Hair Loss Procedure in Boston, MA
Dr. Moustafa and Dr. Michelon perform the platelet-rich plasma hair loss procedure in Boston, MA, at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation. The length of the treatment and the number of injections needed depends on the customized treatment plan.
Patients are comfortable during the treatment, and anesthetic is not typically needed. Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon meticulously injects the PRP approximately every half inch over thinning hair. The entire process usually takes about 30 minutes.
The staff is very friendly and welcoming! Very nice place and enjoy coming here each month for treatment! I highly recommend them!
PRP Three-Step Process
- Step 1:Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon draws the patient’s blood.
- Step 2: The blood is placed into a centrifuge. The blood spins rapidly for ten minutes and is separated into three parts: red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma, and platelet-rich plasma.
- Step 3: Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon places the platelet-rich plasma into a syringe with a very thin needle. He strategically injects the PRP into areas of the scalp and hair follicles to stimulate regrowth and activate healing.
PRP for Hair Loss Recovery
The PRP procedure is typically well-tolerated, and no downtime is required. Mild tenderness is a common side effect. Mild-to-moderate bruising is normal and clears within a few days. Ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers can control any discomfort.
Avoid strong chemicals or heat after treatment. Stimulating the scalp with massage and warm showers is recommended. Most patients resume their regular schedules immediately after the treatment.
Patients typically experience increased hair length, early signs of regrowth, and less frequent shedding during the first 3 to 6 months after treatments. Patients usually experience full results in one year, but maintenance treatments are recommended every 4 to 6 months.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment Cost
Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon customizes the PRP hair loss treatment to match the patient’s needs. Each patient is unique, and the cost of PRP hair loss therapy depends on the number of injections. A typical treatment ranges in price from $1500-$3500.
As advances in technology evolve, procedures become more efficient, safer, and more affordable. Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon explains the cost and payment options during the consultation.
Common Questions About PRP Hair Loss Treatment
Ideal platelet rich-plasma hair treatment candidates are experiencing minor to moderate signs of hair loss, such as female or male pattern baldness. Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon will assess the patient’s hair loss condition during the consultation to determine if PRP is the best procedure to provide fuller, thicker hair.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is separated from the blood and injected into the scalp to activate growth cells, which restore dormant hair follicles and trigger hair growth. PRP has valuable health benefits and is also used by sports medicine doctors and cosmetic surgeons to rejuvenate the skin and promote healing. PRP stops progressive hair loss and produces thicker, fuller hair.
PRP hair restoration utilizes the natural growth factors found in the blood to reduce hair loss and promote new hair growth. PRP treatment risks are rare. However, some risks may include dizziness, scalp pain, nerve injury, and infection. When performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon, these risks are significantly reduced.
The plasma-rich hair loss treatment is minimally invasive and does not require downtime. Patients may return to work or resume their usual schedule immediately after the treatment. The doctor recommends Tylenol or an ice pack to relieve any discomfort.
Most patients need 3 to 4 sessions with gaps between each session. Ongoing maintenance sessions are recommended every six months to one year. Patients experience thicker hair and new growth in 2 to 3 months. Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on their needs during the PRP hair loss consultation.
Platelet-rich plasma hair restoration results typically last 12 months but will last longer with maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 months. Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon examines each patient and provides them with a treatment plan based on their needs. He then examines the patient after the procedure to determine how well the PRP is working and provides instructions for maintaining and improving the results. Most patients experience substantial improvements.
If you are experiencing mild-to-moderate hair loss, PRP treatments are natural and minimally invasive with zero downtime. Contact the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation at 617-735-8735 or reach out online to request a platelet-rich plasma for hair loss consultation in Boston, MA, with expert Dermatologists, Dr. Moustafa or Dr. Michelon.