Thinning hair and bald spots can be very distressing for men and women alike. This problem is extremely common: up to forty percent of females and sixty-six percent of males will experience hair loss at some point in their life. You are not alone!
There are many reasons why someone may suffer from thinning and/or loss of hair. As we age, hair naturally loses some of its youthful thickness and is less able to regenerate follicles that have been shed. Hormonal changes can also contribute to changes in hair thickness and density, particular for women in the postpartum and menopausal period. Autoimmune conditions can also lead to hair loss, the most common of which is known as alopecia areata, which causes the hair to fall out in small patches.
Regardless of the cause of hair loss, this condition may be highly disconcerting. Patients suffering from reduced hair density or thickness often describe feeling less self-assured professionally, socially and romantically due to this very common problem.
Dr. Hooman Khorasani and his staff are dedicated to helping you recover your lost hair and reinstating the sense of self-confidence that you deserve. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-invasive, yet innovative restorative hair loss treatment that uses your own growth factors to stimulate the root of your hair follicles. The result? A healthy scalp covered with fuller and thicker hair.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge hair loss therapy that utilizes growth factors from your own blood to rejuvenate the scalp. These growth factors are found within your blood’s platelets, which are small cells that circulate in your bloodstream to help mend large and small tears. It’s no surprise that these repair cells contain a variety of special nutrients that stimulate restoration and growth. As a result, PRP has historically been used to successfully facilitate wound healing in the area of regenerative medicine.
Always seeking to provide innovative and efficacious therapies to his patients, Dr. Khorasani was one of the first to consider that the restorative properties of PRP could be used to treat hair loss. To provide firm evidence for this hypothesis, Dr. Khorasani conducted one of the largest clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of PRP to improve hair density and thickness. Blinded evaluation of the study results indicated that Dr. Khorasani’s suspicions were correct: PRP effectively regenerates and thickens hair for patients suffering from hair loss.
Evaluation of PRP in multiple clinical trials has indicated that the best candidates for treatment with PRP are those with typical male or female pattern baldness, medically known as androgenetic alopecia. Both male and female pattern baldness induce a loss of hair on the crown of the head. Males, however, will also notice a receding hairline and females will experience a widening of the hair part. Patients suffering from male and female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) are most likely to notice a marked improvement in hair density and thickness following therapy with PRP.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorasani will evaluate your hair loss to ensure that it is not a sign of an underlying health issue. He may order labs to check for iron deficiency, thyroid disease and/or an autoimmune disorder. You will be scheduled for treatment once he has determined that the hair loss is a stand-alone problem.
On the day of the procedure, you will have blood drawn from your arm in exactly the same manner as you would for routine bloodwork. Your blood is then placed in a special device called a centrifuge that spins the blood extremely quickly for ten minutes. This process separates the “rich” plasma from the “poor” plasma, the “rich” plasma being the portion that is filled with thousands of platelets. These platelets are worth their weight in gold, as they contain the “goodies” in your blood that promote cell healing and regeneration.
Using a tiny needle, Dr. Khorasani carefully injects the PRP into your scalp, ensuring that the PRP is evenly distributed. Areas of greater hair loss will receive additional injections to optimize growth. During the procedure, you may experience discomfort and/or stinging; however, we’ll routinely check in so you can inform us if at any point you find these sensations to be intolerable. We will provide you with an array of additional comfort measures, including our in-office Pro-Nox system which employs nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to reduce anxiety and the experience of pain. Pro-Nox can be self administered by you, as needed, to address any discomfort.
Dr. Khorasani and his highly-specialized team look forward to working with you to transform your medical or aesthetic goals into reality. To expedite a request for a consultation, message us securely, or contact Dr. Khorasani’s Manhattan office by phone at 347-574-8500. For more information about how to get in touch:CONTACT US