As we age, our hair naturally gets thinner. Hair loss doesn’t just affect how we look, it can affect our self-confidence and how we feel. PRF treatment is a powerful, non-surgical treatment proven to help with hair regrowth.
With celebs loving the clean, hairless look, a bald head is not only acceptable – it’s admired. But for those of us that aren’t ready to rock a clean-shaven tome, or just want to restore the thick mane we enjoyed in our youth, PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) is a saving grace.
PRP vs. PRF
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has been around since the 1970s, first used during open-heart surgery. In 2006, PRP started being used in dermatology to help with hair regrowth. After seeing the results from PRP, doctor’s slowed the speed of the blood being spun and saw a different outcome. The outcome was more white blood cells, stem cells, and more healing properties. Thus PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) was born. While PRF wasn’t the pioneer in hair regrowth, it has proven to be the most effective. was discovered to stimulate hair regrowth and awaken dormant hair follicles. There are some basic similarities between PRP and PRF, but a few key differences make PRF stand out as the superior hair restoration treatment option.
- PRF requires less blood to be drawn than PRP
- PRF has advanced healing properties – PRF is spun at a lower speed, allowing more white blood cells and stem cells to remain in the platelet layer collected for treatment
- PRF products contain approximately 10X the platelet concentration that is found within the body
PRF, short for platelet-rich fibrin is a superior, natural treatment to stimulate hair regrowth. This procedure requires a small amount of blood to be drawn then spun at a low speed in a PRF centrifuge. The low-speed results in a serum with a high concentration of platelets, white blood cells, and stem cells. Once the serum has been collected, shallow injections are made into thinning areas of the hair. Injections of PRF cause hair follicles to grow by stimulating stem cells while promoting and accelerating tissue regeneration and healing. PRF is especially effective in the early stages of hair loss and can stimulate dormant hair follicles to return to a growth phase.
Who is a good candidate for PRF?
If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, you most likely are a good candidate for PRF. You will see maximum results if you start treatment early, while your hair is still capable of growing. PRF works equally well for both men and women.
What risks are involved?
Because PRF comes from your own blood, PRF is a very safe procedure with few side effects. Getting blood drawn then injected into the scalp is a simple, relatively painless procedure with no downtime, and almost no known risks. Tylenol can help with any pain, and the most common side effect is mild swelling for a week post-procedure.
PRF has no downtime, so you can easily have the procedure done over your lunch hour. If you feel any soreness, standard over-the-counter pain reliever (NOT anti-inflammatories as these disrupt the intended effect of the PRF) should take care of it. If you are experiencing mild swelling, this is normal and actually part of the process. Try to stay away from ice-packs or other treatments for swelling. Hair can be washed immediately post-procedure, and there are no limitations on styling (although if your scalp is tender, waiting a day or two on blow-drying or heated tools will minimize discomfort).
Dr. Purwal has seen powerful results from PRF to treat hair loss across both male and female patients of all ethnicities. Contact us today to come in for a consultation and start the journey to get your hair back.