Non-Surgical Hair Growth Treatments
As men and women age, hair may start to thin as a result of hormonal, genetic, nutritional deficiencies, as well as other causes. Prior to hair restoration surgery and topical medications like minoxidil, there were very few options available to men and women for thinning hair.
Fortunately, at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England, there are other options now available which are affective to stop hair from thinning. These 2 treatments include PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections into the scalp as well as Capillus Laser treatments. Both of these hair growth treatments can be used as stand alone treatments as well as adjuvant treatments for patients who have had or plan to have hair transplant surgery.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a state of the art, non-surgical, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of thinning hair or hair loss. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood with a simple blood draw. The patient’s blood is then centrifuged and the portion of the blood containing the platelets is concentrated, activated, and then injected into the scalp with a thin needle after it has been numbed with a topical anesthetic cream. This PRP contains active growth factors which help recruit the patient’s own healing factors and stem cells which assist in the regeneration of hair growth.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding PRP injections for hair growth:
How long does the procedure take?
Typically, it takes approximately 45 minutes. After drawing 60 ml of blood, it takes 15 minutes for it to be processed in a high tech centrifuge called a Magellan Autologous Platelet Separator System. During this time, numbing cream is applied to the scalp where the hair is thinning. After the PRP is activated, it takes 20 minutes to inject it into the scalp with a tiny 30G needle.
Do PRP injections into the scalp hurt?
Because the scalp is numbed with an anesthetic cream and a tiny 30G needle is utilized, the PRP injections are a very tolerable in office procedure. Some patients do prefer pretreatment anxiolysis medications like Ativan or Valium, however, this is not necessary.
Are there any risks involved?
On account of the fact that PRP therapy is derived from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction. Infections are extremely rare.
How many treatments are necessary?
Most patients will see results after 1 session of PRP injection. However, depending on the patient’s individual needs and expectations, multiple sessions will be necessary.
Capillus Laser Light Therapy
Capillus Laser Light Therapy is a FDA-cleared low level laser designed to energize hair follicles and spur new, natural hair growth. It can be used as a stand alone treatment for hair loss or in conjunction with topical foams, PRP injections, prescription medications, and hair transplant surgeries.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Capillus Low Level Light Therapy:
How does Capillus work?
Multiple clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of low level light laser therapy in promoting hair growth in men and women. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, the light therapy supposedly stimulates hair follicles to activate which results in new hair growth.
How long are the treatments and how many treatments are necessary?
Treatments last 30 minutes and ideally should be performed twice weekly for 3 months. Maintenance weekly treatments for another 3 months are recommended.