Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery
7418 North La Cholla Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone: (520) 731-1110
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
PRP for Hair Restoration
Hair loss is far more common than you might imagine, and it affects both men and women. While patients have many options for hair restoration and transplant in Tucson, the professionals at Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery use PRP therapy to slow down hair loss and encourage the growth of your own hair, without surgery.
“Favorite” Practice for PRP Hair Restoration
Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery recently earned the status of “Favorite” for hair restoration from readers who voted in the Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice Awards. The citywide poll, in its 4th year, generates more than 100,000 votes each year in a broad range of categories. Readers vote after businesses are nominated.
What Is PRP?
Short for platelet-rich plasma, PRP is a vital component of human blood. When used in medical and cosmetic indications, your own blood plasma is used to minimize risk and complications. At Foothills Dermatology, we use PRP for skin rejuvenation as well as hair restoration. Blood platelets contain a variety of nourishing ingredients, including growth factors, which, when applied to the scalp, can stimulate activity and growth in hair follicles.
Meet Our Doctors
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Katherine Orlick blend their skills for your optimal well-being and comfort.
Are You a Candidate?
PRP for hair restoration is a good option for people in the earlier stages of hair loss or for those who simply those who want to fill in areas of thinness. For more advanced cases of baldness, our patients may benefit from hair transplantation with NeoGraft® follicular unit extraction or a more traditional scalp excision. It’s also important that you be in generally good health and have no blood conditions that would make the procedure unsafe.
Your Treatment Experience
PRP for hair restoration begins with a standard blood draw. Once enough blood has been collected, it’s processed in a special device that separates the blood plasma from the other components of the blood.
Meanwhile, your provider prepares your scalp for treatment. Typically, we apply a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, although the procedure is not known to be highly painful. Your provider injects the plasma into your scalp using a small needle. Because of the previously applied local anesthetic, the PRP injections should be painless.
PRP Recovery & Results
You can expect to be in our office for less than an hour, and there’s no need to refrain from any of your usual daily activities after treatment. While you may feel some lingering tenderness, it’s safe to get right back to your regular routine.
Most patients require more than 1 treatment to create the results they want. Depending on your needs, we may recommend up to 4 treatments, each spaced about 1 month apart. Once the cycle is complete, you may wish to undergo routine maintenance treatments annually to hold on to your results.
The results of PRP for hair restoration are not instant, but they can be dramatic. Most patients see their initial results develop after a few months, with full results appreciable by the 6-month mark.