If you have had your blood drawn, that's the worst of it. (We are very gentle.) The scalp area is anesthetized prior to injecting the PRP. There are no wounds created; only a tiny needle is used, and so there is no scarring of any sort, and following the procedure there is zero evidence that a procedure of any sort has taken place.
How many treatments are needed?
Three or four monthly treatments are usually recommended. You will see results in 2-4 months.
How long does the procedure take?
About one hour.
How long will the benefits last?
Everyone is different and results vary. Following a full course (four separate procedures), many clients report that the improvement lasts over a year. It usually takes 2 to 4 months to see initial growth of the hair, but up to a year to see maximum benefit. The treatments must be continued periodically - typically every 6 months - for the results to be maintained.
Who should NOT get PRP?
Persons who have bald areas for over 5 years are less likely to benefit.
Is this FDA approved?
The FDA has cleared the PRP collection procedure but the FDA is not involved with approving PRP for hair restoration because there is no Party interested in getting such an approval. No one is selling PRP. It is derived from your own blood. It cannot be patented and turned into a profitable drug.
Be assured there are numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and tens of thousands of client reviews attesting to the benefits of PRP for hair restoration, but absent performing scientifically-sound double-blind clinical trials - which no company would fund because they cannot benefit: they cannot patent your blood - hence, the government is not involved. It is safe, legal, and for most people (depending on the cause of their hair loss) - works really well.
Is this covered by Health Insurance?
No. Health insurance does not ordinarily pay for cosmetic procedures.
What is the cost?
The cost varies with the amount of coverage required to treat your condition. After the initial free consultation, you will be given a specific price.
Is PRP right for you?
For women, it is effective for the three most common causes of hair loss: Androgenetic Alopecia, Alopecia Arerata and Traction Alopecia. For men, the most common indication is Androgenic Alopecia.
Are there any adverse effects?
PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the platelet cells from your own blood and injects them directly back into the scalp area where it is needed. There is absolutely no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. PRP involves using your own cells that are not modified nor changed, and it will not be rejected by your immune system. There is a slight possibility of an infection at the injection site which is minimized by using sterile, disposable products and best sterile practices. The procedure is performed by Dr. Goldstein.
Is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) included?
YES. When it comes to reversing hair loss, we employ a full-on attack that includes LLLT. By combining different modalities, the odds of success improve. When used in combination with PRP, LLLT has the potential to significantly slow down hair loss and promote hair growth by improving the health of hair follicles. This device has been FDA approved for the treatment of androgenetic hair loss.
1. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): If you afford it, we would also suggest that you purchase a high-quality personal LLLT device. We recommend the following one:
This take home device contains 224 individual 650nm/5mW laser diodes in a portable, lightweight, dome-shaped casing that surrounds the scalp in pulsing low level laser light. LaserCap® offers full head coverage and clinical laser therapy quality that can be worn outside of the doctor's office. Patients simply place the LaserCap® inside of a hat and wear the device for approximately 30 minutes, three days per week. Patients can comfortably perform essentially any activity while in use, including exercising. Because hair growth is a slow process, aesthetic results may be visualized 4-6 months after beginning therapy. Results will vary depending on the condition of the hair at the beginning of treatment. In comparison to other devices, the LaserCap® is discreet, more powerful, and available by physicians only.
2. Formula 82M: This liquid prescription medication contains minoxidil, retinoic acid, a low-potency steroid, and a finasteride-like agent. It is less irritating than Rogaine. It is applied twice daily, and is reported to produce visible results in 2-3 months. It is an effective adjunct to PRP therapy.
3. Personal Hair Care Products: Tricomin Revitalizing Shampoo for Hair Loss and Tricomin Restructuring Shampoo
4. Nutritional Supplements: Of the thousands of supplements sold for hair loss, we recommend just one: Quinary by Sunrider. Taken daily.
What should I do before the procedure?
There are some minor preparations before PRP treatment.
If you are taking any blood thinners, please let Dr. Goldstein know as they may represent a contra-indication to this treatment. These medications include Plavix, Coumadin, and Heparin.
THREE DAYS PRIOR Do not take Aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) for 3 days prior to your session. These can be resumed three days after. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include products such as Advil, Alka-Seltzer, Bufferin, Excedrin, Empirin, Nu-Prin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, etc.) If you are unsure, ask the doctor or your pharmacist.
You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed prior to the treatment.
Other prescription medications (including heart and blood pressure medication) should be taken as prescribed.
Please refrain from, or minimize, smoking three days prior to and three days after the treatment. Smoking may impact healing and oxygen delivery to the scalp, therefore, your results may be improved the longer you are able to stop smoking before and after the treatment.
Minimize alcoholic consumption for three days prior to your PRP treatment.
THE MORNING OF YOUR TREATMENT Shower the morning of your treatment and wash your hair very thoroughly using your regular shampoo. Do not apply sprays, gels, or any other styling products to your hair. If you wear a hair system, please remove it prior to shampooing and do not wear it before your PRP treatments.