Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PRP FOR HAIR LOSS?
PRP is used to halt or reverse miniaturization, also known as common baldness. The treatment uses concentrated blood plasma, which contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. It also carries other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth.
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Platelets are the part of your blood that contains growth factors and proteins and they are very important in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue. PRP Therapy works by accelerating your body’s healing process. It creates "an injury" along with the injections and then addresses the site by encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR PRP HAIR TREATMENT?
On the day of your PRP, it is important to increase your intake of fluids and drink at least an extra bottle of water right before the session. It is totally fine to keep other hair loss treatments such as minoxidil, laser, hormone-blocking tablets. But you should avoid alcohol for at least three days before your procedure. It is also important to discontinue any blood-thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty Acids, at least one week before your treatment.
HOW IS THE RECOVERY AFTER PRP INJECTION?
Even though there is no downtime, you should avoid any strenuous activities in the first 24 hours, since full recovery can take a few days. You can expect mild tension and pressure in the injection sites and experience a mild headache. It is okay to use Arnica. Your doctor will assess your level of discomfort and prescribe pain medication when necessary.
HOW LONG DOES PRP WORK FOR HAIR LOSS?
If combined with a matrix-like ACell or BioD, you can expect to enjoy fuller and more abundant hair growth for up to 2 years. But keep in mind that annual maintenance treatments can be required to preserve effects.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET PRP?
Patients who suffer from alopecia areata - a sudden hair loss that starts with one or more circular bald patches that may overlap - are typically good candidates for this procedure. Overall, individuals that have areas of weak hair follicles can experience positive outcomes with PRP for hair loss.
WHY IS PRP SO PAINFUL?
It is important to understand that PRP therapy takes time to work. And, although the injections are not generally painful, the aching swelling that accompanies them is needed for the blood cells to start helping your healing process.
CAN I WASH MY HAIR AFTER PRP HAIR TREATMENT?
You should avoid washing the treatment area for 48 hours. After that, it is safe to use hair and skin care products and continue with topical medications. Nevertheless, avoid harsh chemicals in the first week of recovery.
DOES INSURANCE COVER PRP INJECTIONS?
Most insurance plans do not cover PRP injections. You may try to appeal to the insurance provider but, since it is a fairly new treatment with not yet much scientific evidence published to support its use, the likelihood of PRP coverage is low.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET A PRP FOR HAIR LOSS IN LONG ISLAND?
At StudioMD Long Island we understand how hair loss can cause frustration and self-consciousness in both men and women. If you are considering PRP for hair loss, please contact us today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with our highly skilled and talented team.