PRP Treatment Uses Donna’s Own Cells to Prevent Hair Loss
When you are a mother and your daughter works for a hair restoration practice, are you compelled to seek treatment if you notice you’re losing your hair? Not necessarily. In fact, if you are a middle-aged woman who does not like the idea of needles, the thought of a hair transplant might never cross your mind. Enter the magic of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, the latest hair loss treatment technique offered by Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. And also enter, Donna.
Donna’s daughter Erica is a technician at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, and although Donna was more aware of the treatments available than most, she did not know much about PRP. Donna had questions: “Do women go there? What is a consult like? What is PRP? After talking to her daughter, she made an appointment with Chief Surgeon Dr. Matthew Lopresti.
“I began to notice more hair in the drain after showering and in my brush. So, I said, I have to do something, I can’t let this happen,” Donna said.
At 58 years old, Donna informed Dr. Lopresti she had been losing her hair for about five years. “After looking at Donna, and consulting with Lacey Sellati, our Physician Assistant who specializes in PRP, I determined Donna was an excellent candidate,” said Dr. Lopresti.
A blood-based procedure, the PRP process begins with drawing blood from a patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the other parts of the blood. The trained medical staff at LHTA then injects the plasma, combined with stem cell additives called ACell, into the thinning areas of the scalp. LHTA adds ACell to its treatment protocol, which creates more stable scaffolding for the plasma to effectively do its job.
“PRP was fast, easy and painless,” Donna said. “You go in, you go out, and then book a follow up appointment.”
Results are not immediate. “It’s not tomorrow, that’s for sure,” said Dr. Robert Leonard, Founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. “Anything to do with the hair cycle takes at least four months.”
Donna’s goal is to thicken her remaining hair, and she plans to use Rogaine to supplement her treatments. PRP is shown to help to retain a patient’s existing hair at more than 90% and to stimulate hair growth up to 60%. Aside from her personal goals, she really hopes to share her experience with friends and family, and help to remove the stigma of women seeking help with hair loss.
“In my opinion, it’s harder for women with thinning hair than it is for men,” Donna said. “Men with hair loss are accepted in society My thinning hair made me feel isolated and embarrassed. I spent so much time and money on products, special brushes and techniques to try to hide my thinning hair.”
“I’m hoping that sharing my story helps one woman schedule a consultation to see if PRP therapy is right for them,” Donna continued. “The entire experience was great. Lacey and Dr. Lopresti were professional, nice and answered all of my questions. I look forward to my continuing results.”
While hair loss is most often associated with men, this condition occurs in millions of women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Nearly 1 in 4 women experience some type of hair loss in their lives. Leonard Hair Transplant Associates extensively trained hair restoration surgeons are committed to helping women treat this distressing problem. If you are experiencing hair loss, they can help. Call 1-800-543-0660 to schedule a complimentary consultation.