Androgenic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss, affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the US. Even though it’s common, it’s disheartening for just about anyone affected. Until now, treatment was either surgical and very expensive or topical and not very helpful. PRF now offers millions of people an easy way to restore hair, without surgery or “plugs” and with great success.
Injectable PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) is an ideal, nonsurgical treatment for men and women suffering with hair loss or hair thinning for any reason. How does it work? After a quick in office blood draw, your platelet rich fibrin is separated from the blood and injected into the area of thinning hair (scalp or brows). The platelet-concentrated injections recruit growth factors and new blood flow to the area.
Within a month or so, you will usually notice decreased thinning and shedding. Then over the next few months, increased blood flow and growth factors awaken your dormant follicles, which increases hair count, hair follicle density and hair shaft thickness all by about 30%. Results continue to improve for 6 months as the follicles continue to respond. Topical products like Minoxidil, Finasteride, Rogaine or HairScience are encouraged for the best results. The 30 minute treatments are generally done about a month apart for 3 to 4 months. Because PRF awakens dormant hair follicles, it works best in the early stages of hair loss.
It’s that easy. Discomfort is minimal, and most of the time is done with just topical anesthetic cream (local anesthetic block is available). After treatment, you may gently wash your hair but we recommend avoiding hair color or blow dryers for a few days. If needed, you may take over the counter pain medicine for soreness.
PRF, which is part of your own blood, contains platelets, white blood cells, fibrin and stem cells. This "super-serum" Is great for skin rejuvenation and improved hair thickness (in areas where you have hair).
Fibrin is a biological scaffold that forms in response to an injury anywhere in the body. When the concentrated platelets bind to the fibrin scaffold, they become activated and release growth factors. These growth factors start the wound healing process by creating new skin cells, collagen, and blood vessels.
Platelet rich fibrin is considered the next generation platelet rich plasma. Both PRP (platelet-rich plasma), and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) are injectable treatments of your blood. The advantage of PRF, however, is that once it is injected, it turns to a gel. This gel matrix releases growth factors into the area over a period of about 2 weeks, which improves hair growth better than PRP.