Strengthen Weakened Follicles in Appleton and Neenah, WI
A majority of men—and perhaps surprising number of women—deal with hair loss, with the problem of thinning and receding hair impacting millions of people across the world. Everything from wigs to plugs have been used to cover increasingly bare scalps, but Dr. Victoria Negrete prefers a more advanced, proven, and innovative solution. With PRP for hair restoration at Appleton’s Excelin Medical Spa and Neenah’s Forefront Dermatology, patients can enjoy natural-looking hair regrowth results without surgery.
PRP stands for “platelet-rich plasma”—an effective tool in any hair restoration treatment strategy. That said, before starting a treatment plan, it is important to determine if there is a root cause for the hair loss. Some cases are related to diet, hormone shifts, or more serious health conditions, so a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Negrete should identify the cause, if any, and recommend the best course of action.
How Does PRP for Hair Restoration Work?
For patients whose hair loss has been attributed to androgenic alopecia—better known as male- or female-pattern baldness—PRP is ideal for hair restoration. In these cases, follicles are no longer producing hairs as they did in a patient’s younger days, so stimulation from an outside source can prompt new, robust growth.
For this treatment, patients will first have a small amount of blood drawn into a special tube designed to make PRP. This blood will be spun around in a centrifuge, allowing it to separate into its various components. The “liquid gold” parts, made up of plasma and platelets, will be collected and then concentrated, as these are the elements responsible for repairing wounds.
When concentrated and injected into the scalp, the platelet-rich plasma’s nourishing and healing abilities, along with natural growth factors, facilitate an optimal hair growth environment, giving them a boost in hair production.
Using PRP for hair restoration means the body does not need to welcome any new chemicals or outside agents, since a patient’s own blood is used to create the platelet-rich plasma. PRP has also been successfully used to treat telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and even rare conditions such as lichen planopilaris.
What Is a PRP for Hair Restoration Treatment Like?
There are multiple steps to the PRP hair restoration process, including the blood collection, separation process, and injections into the scalp. Since each patient is
different, specific treatment details will be discussed at a consultation to determine the scope of hair loss and appropriateness of platelet-rich plasma as a treatment.
Because the treatment is minimally invasive—with no surgery or scalpels involved—recovery is typically quick, and no down time for recuperation is required.
Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP for Hair Restoration?
Patients with thinning hair are ideal for PRP. Hair restoration can generate new hair growth, but the degree of restoration possible is best determined during a consultation. Three to four treatments spaced monthly is usually required for best results, and regular maintenance injections are recommended.
What Else is Platelet-Rich Plasma Used For?
In addition to offering PRP hair restoration at Excelin Medical Spa in Appleton and Forefront Dermatology in Neenah, the Excelin Medical Spa team also uses platelet rich plasma for facial rejuvenation, pairing it with microneedling, Vivace®, and Halo® to encourage collagen growth and an overall healthy glow in the skin.
Find out more about how platelet-rich plasma and other cosmetic treatments can create a full head of hair, revitalized skin, and more.