What is an alternative to hair transplant in Montreal?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a blood product that is used as an injection to increase the density, number, and thickness of hair. Your blood is first drawn, and then using a centrifuge, we separate the red part (red blood cells) from the yellow part (platelets, plasma and other growth factors) of your blood. The yellow component is then injected into your scalp in order to treat hair loss.

Am I a good candidate for PRP for hair loss?

A good candidate for PRP for hair loss is a male or a female who is starting to lose their hair in an aesthetically unpleasing way.

Ideally, a doctor has evaluated to rule out other medical causes of hair loss (hypothyroidism, for example). You may have already tried (and failed) using topical treatments (such as minoxidil) or prescription medications(finasteride, for example) for hair loss.

PRP cannot make new hair grow in bald area. It is a treatment to increase the density, number, and thickness of hair that is currently there.

Norwood classification of male-pattern baldness
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

How many sessions are required for PRP for hair loss?

The protocol used by Dr. Moubayed involves a series of three treatments that are a month apart.

Depending on your response, maintenance sessions can be offered afterwards.

Each session lasts about an hour.

Are PRP injections safe for hair loss ?

PRP injections carry a very low risk of allergic reaction given that they consist of products that are drawn from your own blood.

Like any injection, the most common risks are minimal pain at the site of injection, bruising, and temporary redness. Sometimes, certain patients can suffer from a slight headache the same or next day.

Finally, like any cosmetic procedure, there is a risk of not being satisfied with the result. For patients that do not respond to PRP injections, Dr. Moubayed can offer more invasive treatments such as hair transplantation.

Are women candidates for PRP injections as well?

Yes. Female pattern baldness exists and is classified according to the Ludwig classification. Females can benefit from PRP as well.

Female pattern baldness

Ludwig classification for female pattern baldness. (A) Stage I, thinning in the crown but anterior hairline preserved; (B) Stage II, significant widening of the midline part and significant decrease in volume; (C) Stage III, diffuse thinning.
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

Four ways to know if you are a good candidate for PRP for hair loss

1- Your hair is starting to thin

2- You have failed at or do not want to use creams or medications for hair loss

3- You have realistic expectations

4- You do not have contraindications to PRP injections

What are the potential benefits of PRP for hair loss?

The benefits are an increase in density, number, and thickness of hair.

PRP cannot make new hair grow in an area where there is no hair.

What happens during a hair restoration consultation?

A consultation starts with a complete questionnaire and physical examination of your scalp. Photos are taken and analyzed with your surgeon. This is an essential communication tool as some patients want changes that are not always possible with filler injections.

Then, we talk about the procedure, and Dr. Moubayed answers any and all questions you may have.

Patients often choose to receive their injections on the same day as the consultation.

How long does it take to perform PRP for hair loss?

Considering the time for the blood draw, centrifugation, and injection, the procedure lasts about an hour.

What type of anesthesia is used for PRP injections for hair loss?

PRP injections are not very painful and general do not require any type of anesthesia as they are injected using a tiny needle.

Certain patients prefer a type of local anesthesia called a scalp block where we numb your scalp completely using a series of tiny injections.

How long do the effects of a PRP treatment for hair loss last?

Results are variable depending on each patient. Results have shown an effect that lasts up to two years, but certain patients choose to return every six months for a maintenance treatment.

Do you have before and after photos of PRP injections for hair loss?

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