With a practice limited to hair restoration for over 30 years, Dr. Paul Cotterill offers innovations in hair restoration that now include PRP therapy at his Toronto office. Platelet rich plasma therapy is commonly known as PRP therapy, and is a treatment for hair loss in men and women. PRP is a therapeutic option that uses stimulation of the hair follicles to encourage hair growth naturally, using the patient’s own growth factor. PRP therapy employs non-surgical treatments to promote hair growth and can be used alone or to complement other hair transplant procedures.
The advantages of PRP hair loss treatment include:
Your blood has 2 main components of red blood cells and plasma. In addition to white blood cells, your plasma is a fertile source of growth factors that stimulate activity not only in your skin cells but also your hair follicles. Showing promise in promoting healing and treating some health problems, growth factor has shown results in encouraging the growth phase of the hair cycle which can increase your hair volume by increasing hair thickness. According to the science, your own platelets encourage this growth by stimulating the stem cells of the hair follicle so PRP therapy may be able to stimulate inactive hair follicles or help hair implants actively grow.
Since your own platelets containing your unique growth factor are key to your PRP therapy, the procedure begins with a blood draw, just like for a routine blood test at your doctor’s office. Then we spin your blood in a centrifuge so that the PRP is separated from the red blood cells and the plasma is removed in a high concentration.
Then with a local anesthetic to block the nerves in your scalp, the platelet rich plasma is injected directly into the scalp at the same level as the hair follicles. Usually taking less than an hour, the injections cover every half inch of the area where your hair is thinning. You may choose, with Dr. Paul Cotterill’s advice, to have follow-up treatments every 3 to 4 months.
If your hair has recently begun noticeably thinning, then you are in the early stages of hair loss and a good candidate for PRP therapy at our Toronto office. As a man or woman with natural hair thinning or loss, you still have an adequate number of active hair follicles, even if they produce wispy hair or no hair at all. If you are generally healthy and have realistic expectations for any hair loss treatment, then you are a good candidate for PRP therapy too.
At the same time, we may not recommend PRP therapy for patients who smoke, have low blood pressure, or are on long-term cortisone therapy. We advise postponing PRP therapy or finding another type of hair loss treatment if you:
To find out more about our PRP services and other hair loss solutions, call us to book your free office consultation with Dr. Paul Cotterill in person, or set up a virtual consultation using Skype and photos.