What Are the Steps of the PRP Procedure in New Jersey?
Posted on January 22, 2017
PRP therapy in NJ starts out just as though you are donating blood and occurs in three steps. You will sit in a chair and a nurse or perfusionist, will draw between 60-100 ml of blood from your arm. This blood will be placed in a special container that will run through a centrifuge. During this process, the centrifuge will spin the blood, separating the plasma out and diving it into all of the different components. The process takes about 15 minutes after which, the nurse will use the concentrated platelets and ready this to be applied to the scalp. The concentrated platelets are PRP and these cells will promote the hair growth and healing process in your scalp.
The Second part of the treatment is applying the rich concentration of platelets to the scalp. Before the doctor can apply the PRP, topical anesthetic will be used to numb the areas of the scalp that will be receiving treatment. After the area is sufficiently numb, the scalp will be stimulated by a micro-needling tool.
This new rolling device has been a major medical breakthrough in the cosmetic procedure world and many physicians are using it. The roller uses 192 individual titanium needle to gently pierce the skin and create very small micro wounds that will ready the scalp for PRP injections. This is a popular choice for many physicians because it is virtually painless as compared to similar tools on the market. This device also saves time which is great for doctors and patients alike.
The micro-needling procedure will activate the healing process in the scalp because the needling device creates microtrauma. Growth repairs cells will be triggered in the lower layer of scalp that will begin to regenerate the hair follicle.
Immediately following the micro-needling, the PRP is injected into the scalp in the same areas. After this process is complete, the final stage of the therapy will be very quick. Occlusive dressing is applied ot the scalp and a photodynamic treatment will be carried out. This step will significantly enhance the results of PRP Therapy. There should be little to no discomfort during this procedure.
Care After the Procedure
The entire PRP Therapy process should only take one to two hours but can be more or less depending on the degree of hair loss that you are suffering from. There will be slight inflammation at the wound site and mild pain or discomfort may occur where the PRP was injected into the scalp. This will cause the area of scalp to be tender to the touch for a few days. Dr Rapaport will send you home with a detailed care plan for ensuring optimal results of new hair growth, but there are a few restrictions that will apply to every case.
- Avoid the sun and exposure to chemicals and styling products until the healing process is 100%.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory medicine or blood thinning medicine like aspirin. This will interfere with the natural healing process of PRP.
- Effects of PRP Therapy will happen over time and most patients will need yearly treatments to keep up the growth and regeneration of the hair follicles, especially if the hair loss is due to genetics.
- PRP has very little complications and is considered to not pose any danger to allergy, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body reactions.
- The success rates and degree of new hair growth will vary greatly from person to person, however, clinics that are currently using PRP Therapy are reporting success rates averaging 80%.
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