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At Total Aesthetics, we’re pleased to be at the forefront of a new era of non-surgical hair regeneration for men, and especially women, utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Whether it’s stimulation, regeneration, or even rejuvenation, the result is thicker, fuller hair in about 80 percent of patients.
Many women (and men as well) have been reluctant to address hair loss with surgery or with medications that alter their natural hormonal balance. For these patients and those disappointed with prior therapies, hair stimulation with Platelet-Rich Plasma may be a solution. About 80 percent of patients who receive this treatment obtain fuller and thicker hair with greater density.
Dr. Joseph O’Connell, Total Aesthetics in Westport, CT
PRP stands for “Platelet-Rich Plasma” and it has been used in human medicine since the 1970s. Because PRP is an autologous substance consisting of a carefully prepared and concentrated fraction of your own blood, some consider if “safer” than dermal fillers and neurotoxins. The platelets in PRP contain many important growth factors that work synergistically to stimulate collagen growth, improve skin appearance and activate dormant hair follicles.
While it may be possible to achieve your desired result with one treatment, usually three sessions spaced four to six weeks apart are recommended for hair stimulation.
It is not necessary to add ACell to PRP treatments for hair stimulation at Total Aesthetics because the Selphyl® system creates a three-dimensional scaffolding to hold the platelets and growth factors in place and keep them viable.
Microneedling is sometimes combined with PRP in order to “activate” the platelets to release their critical growth factors. Because the Selphyl system is self-activating, microneedling is usually not necessary for PRP hair stimulation, but we do offer it at Total Aesthetics.
Yes. Dr. O’Connell will provide you with a prescription for Women’s Rogaine® as part of your therapy, if appropriate.
At Total Aesthetics, PRP is also used to treat facial aging. It is used as a natural filler to smooth and soften facial contours, including the tear-trough area, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, and also to improve the appearance of the skin itself.
Like all medical procedures, PRP treatments carry risks of side effects and complications. PRP side effects are usually limited to swelling, redness, and bruising at the harvest and treatment sites. A full discussion of the risks of PRP treatments and appropriate alternative treatments is an important part of your confidential consultation with Dr. O’Connell at Total Aesthetics of Connecticut.
PRP treatments at Total Aesthetics are performed using Selphyl Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM). Preparation with Selphyl minimizes the amount of undesired red and white blood cells in the PRP as well as the risk of contamination. With Selphyl, patients receive the next generation PRP with a safe treatment that requires just 30 minutes.
PRP is used for both men and women who desire fuller, thicker hair. PRP is especially appealing to women because no hormone-changing medications are used, and PRP works best for areas of thinning hair as opposed to bald scalp. Patients who wish to avoid surgical hair transplantation find PRP therapy especially appealing.
This “lunchtime” procedure involves simply drawing a tube of blood and then treating it with a special, closed system (Selphyl) to extract, concentrate, and activate the platelets. During preparation, the platelets are suspended in a natural fibrin matrix to produce a more sustained and controlled release of growth factors that activate dormant hair follicles. This PRP is then injected into the areas of hair loss. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and requires no recovery time. You can still use Rogaine® and Propecia, there’s no cutting or transplants, and you can return to work the same day. Usually three PRP treatments are recommended for sufficient hair stimulation.
New hair growth usually takes at least four months. About 80 percent of PRP hair stimulation patients achieve noticeable results in which the hair is fuller and thicker with more density.
1: Total Aesthetics offers our patients a nationally accredited surgical facility, and we maintain the highest levels of sterility and safety throughout the center.
2: Each patient’s hair loss is carefully evaluated, and a customized treatment plan is created to determine the best approach.
3: Total Aesthetics was an early adapter of microneedling technology, which is sometimes combined with PRP for an enhanced result.
4: We use AccuVein® technology to minimize discomfort and bruising during the blood draw.
5: Because the number and concentration of platelets is extremely critical, Total Aesthetics utilizes the next generation PRP: a proprietary, FDA-approved system known as Selphyl Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM). This system suspends the ultrapure platelets in an all-natural scaffold in order to produce a controlled and sustained release of platelet-derived growth factors.
6: Because Selphyl is a closed system, sterility is maintained and no contaminants can enter the PRP.
7: Preparation with Selphyl minimizes the amount of undesired red and white blood cells in the PRP. Certain PRP preparations that claim to have high platelet concentrations, do so at the expense of inflammatory red and white blood cells, which can produce the opposite of the desired effect. Selphyl has a golden color and has been called “liquid gold.”
Platelet-Rich Plasma contains high concentrations of growth factors, which stimulate the cells in the hair follicles. These platelet-derived growth factors can promote healing and new cellular growth, stimulating inactive or dormant hair follicles to trigger their active growth phase.
PRP is a non-surgical procedure. This “lunchtime” procedure involves simply drawing a tube of blood, processing it, and then painlessly injecting the PRP into the areas of hair loss. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and requires no recovery time.
Following your PRP treatment, you can continue your other hair stimulation treatments like Rogaine and Propecia. Some patients may even see greater improvements by combining PRP treatments with other hair growth treatments that they have already been using.
There is no recovery time after PRP treatments. You can return to work the same day. Because PRP is made from your own cells and processed in an entirely closed system, the risk of side effects is low. Mild swelling, redness, or bruising usually fades after a few days.
AccuVein technology during the blood draw minimizes discomfort and bruising. Any tenderness or minor bruising is minimal and temporary.
PRP treatments cost less than $1,000 per session at Total Aesthetics. During your consultation, Dr. O’Connell will discuss the cost of your procedure.
PRP extractions and injections are non-surgical and do not produce any scarring.
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