9 Reasons Toronto PRP for Hair Loss is the Game-Changer You Need
Perhaps you’ve heard how advanced hair transplant technology has completely transformed the industry in recent years. In one generation, we’ve effectively gone from awkward surgical-looking hair plug results to flawlessly natural, permanent hair restoration.
The advance of FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplants in particular has made it possible for more people to have hair surgery that doesn’t leave obvious scars or require much downtime. There are limitations, however. Not everyone is a great candidate for surgical hair restoration, and not everyone can afford this relatively high-cost solution. Hair transplant costs ranging in the tens of thousands and the qualification parameters mean that hair transplants can’t address everyone’s needs. In Toronto, PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) for hair loss is the latest scientific contribution to a multi-billion-dollar industry and is worth getting crazy excited about. PRP is the game-changer you need.
Non-Surgical Solutions for Hair Loss
For as long as most people can remember, there were just three non-surgical solutions for hair loss: toupées or wigs, medication, and magical potions (read: disappointing topical formulas and supplements). But now there’s a new generation of savvy young men and women who aren’t having any of that. Hairpieces for 30-year-old men in 2018? Nope. Medications that carry risks of erectile dysfunction, skin rashes, and heart problems? Not for this health-conscious generation. Baldness-cure in a bottle? We’re not falling for that one (not again, anyhow). So if you’re noticing that your hair is thinning or your hairline is receding and surgery is not a viable option for you right now, why should you be encouraged? Because PRP for hair loss is changing everything. Toronto PRP finally gives people like you real options to regrow your hair. Read on to learn 9 key aspects of platelet-rich plasma therapy that we find impressive.
Also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy, PRP is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment that significantly impacts hair growth and revitalization. The concept and science behind this therapy have been studied intensively and utilized in medical settings for decades. Initially pioneered in operating rooms to help regenerate and heal tissue, PRP went on to become valuable in sports injury therapy, the treatment of arthritis, the reduction of inflammation, and wound healing. In recent years, well-known athletes have had a significant role in making PRP a household name, because they talked about their treatments for torn ligaments and injured joints, and then the public watched them rapidly return to competitive form.
PRP is made from a patient’s own blood. Therefore, it’s a 100% natural treatment. Yet it takes something already existing inside you and makes it far more potent than it was. Used in the cosmetic beauty and hair growth industry since the early 2000s, PRP was discovered to smooth complexions and boost the growth of luscious, thicker hair visibly fast, triggering the body’s own tissue repair and regrowth mechanisms. It is now the leading non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for hair growth and improved scalp health. PRP is popular with men, women, and people of all ethnicities and all ages. Patients who have hair transplant surgery choose this treatment to reinforce and ensure high-yield results. People who are too young or not ready for an operation can stimulate their dormant follicles, increasing thickness and hair density within a few months.
Your blood is amazing. Indeed, you have everything in you that you need to heal, grow new cells, and relieve inflammation. Your blood contains a number of different elements that can’t be seen with the naked eye, yet when it’s spun in a centrifuge, these elements separate easily into visibly distinct layers. Each part of your blood is vital for your health and systemic body function, but the layer that contains blood plasma and platelets is the real healing powerhouse. Your platelets and white cells naturally release molecules to regulate healing in your body through the inflammatory response and messenger systems. Did you know that scientists have identified more than 30 growth factors in platelets already?
Among these growth factors are:
- PDGF (platelet-derived growth factor): Its primary role encourages new blood vessel growth within the body, also called angiogenesis. This element is essential for establishing new hair follicle grafts and supplying nutrients to existing follicles.
- FGF (fibroblast growth factors): These assist with anti-angiogenesis, healing, and embryonic development. In Toronto PRP hair loss therapy, the FGFs’ principal function is to encourage proliferation and differentiation of tissue-specific cell growth. Wherever PRP is placed, its inherent cell intelligence tells it what to create.
- EGF (epidermal growth factor) has been found to stimulate cell growth, and it’s also useful for healing and new cell generation.
- VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor): This protein-type growth factor is involved with vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. It has proven indispensable in generating new muscle and improving blood flow wherever vessels are damaged or blocked.
The many growth factors and cytokines in platelet-rich plasma assist with the development of new blood vessels and the synthesis of tissue-strengthening elements like collagen. When PRP is applied to hair follicles, it tends to trigger dormant cells, switch on differentiation, and grow the cells you want in that area.
No topical treatment can do this. That’s bad news if you have a cabinet full of hair growth serums, vitamins, and oils. Whatever you put on your scalp cannot sink deeply in to the level of your follicles. While you can undoubtedly moisturize your scalp and keep the skin healthy, follicles are fed and stimulated deep underneath the surface where only the injected PRP serum can go. Furthermore, no man-made serum has managed to create as potent a growth and healing solution as your blood naturally contains. So that’s great news! You’ve got what you need; now find out how the technology is changing to get you better results.
The sub-types of PRP used to target hair growth have just gotten dramatically more specialized. The industry’s top innovators have developed a unique and pure PRP, better suited to transformative hair growth results than ever before. Up until now, the number of platelets available in a formulation could be roughly 4 to 5 times the platelets in normal blood, meaning 5 times faster healing and growth are possible – incredible! There is no regulation for concentration, however, and now many times more concentrated platelets and growth factors allow highly targeted treatment and customization for specific uses. The new WorldPRP kit enables doctors to create 8 different types of PRP with personalized formulations. The clinical benefits of the best quality platelet-rich plasma therapy are affected directly by the number of platelets injected. The platelet recovery rate using highly specialized centrifuge equipment is now many times what it previously was with no limit to how potent it can become.
Another critical element for powerful, effective PRP is the purity of the product. Typically, some red cells are included in the mixture, minimizing its purity and effectiveness. Researchers have now created tools for hair transplant surgeons to use that eliminate impurities and produce excellent quality hair growth products right in the office from a small amount of their patient’s blood.
Second-generation PRP is leaving even the impressive advancements of recent years in its dust. PRP has already revolutionized the hair transplant industry as a promising non-surgical treatment option, but in the future, it may even be the first choice for many.
PRP isn’t extremely painful like other procedures. Most people report some minor discomfort the day following treatment as the numbing agents wear off, yet this mild sensitivity doesn’t usually warrant the use of even over-the-counter pain medication. We use reliable, topical analgesics, which means that your scalp is totally numb and comfortable throughout the procedure. Patients who are highly sensitive can even have local anaesthetic injected into the scalp for ample freezing power. The needles used to administer the serum are extremely fine, and they do not enter deeply into the skin, but just to the level of the follicles. That means that no downtime is required, and there are no significant swelling or activity restrictions to watch out for post-procedure. So if you’re nervous about pain, don’t worry – this is one of the most comfortable options out there.
How many effective treatments can also brag the minimal prep and recovery that platelet-rich plasma therapy does? There are a few people not considered medically suitable for this procedure. These persons include anyone who has difficulty healing and people who are taking prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Warfarin, or Pradaxa. When you’ve decided to schedule your own Toronto PRP for hair loss, you’ll be asked to avoid supplements and over-the-counter medications that affect clotting as well. These include Advil, Aspirin, Aleve, and herbals such as ginseng or ginkgo biloba. During your consultation, your hair surgeon will let you know exactly what to avoid when you talk about treatment. The whole process will often take less than an hour, and you can return to your daily life quickly. That’s it – it’s that simple.
Though we typically recommend a starting sequence of 2 or 3 sessions 1 to 2 months apart to target hairs throughout their cycle and see dramatic results, our patients often report that just a few months after one treatment, they already see darker, denser, longer, and thicker hair. In research studies, people report anywhere from 20% to 40% improvements in these visible categories. After your initial treatments, we recommend maintaining your long-term benefits with one or two sessions every year.
Since PRP for hair loss is autologous (meaning it is derived from your body), there is no possibility of infection or disease transmission from the product. It doesn’t contain synthetic materials or animal-derived products, so it keeps our health-conscious and vegan patients happy. Yet PRP is also safe for highly sensitive individuals who have concerns about product and medication allergies. There is a mild possibility of bruising, especially if people do not take precautions to avoid blood-thinning substances ahead of time. This effect is not usually visible, and bruises dissipate after roughly one week.
No risk of rejection or allergic reaction means peace of mind for many, but it’s still essential that you seek out a Royal College-certified surgeon’s practice for your treatment. Even though nurses often perform the procedure, a physician should be on the premises,and you should have a thorough pre-treatment discussion and assessment before going ahead. The facility should be above-standard in its cleanliness and safety protocols. The Torgerson clinic is a level 3 OHP surgical centre and plastic surgery facility. Our protocols are above and beyond health standards and regulations, yet we offer a chic, friendly, and warm environment. Each patient is treated with genuine care and professionalism. We’ll ensure you have all your Toronto PRP questions answered and feel totally confident before, during, and after your treatment.
Although the transformative and permanent results of a hair transplant are well worth it for many ideal candidates, plenty of other people are looking for a more budget-friendly and non-surgical option. What PRP cannot do is grow hair where there is no active, live hair follicle. In cases of total, progressive baldness, surgery is still the most effective and satisfying option for clients to restore hair where it no longer exists. PRP has proven effective to wake up slow or dormant follicles, however, and does wonders for thickening and growing existing hair.
Your injection treatments will cost between $900 and $1,100 on average, making this an attainable and attractive option. (Note that prices are subject to change with time.)
At the Torgerson clinic in Yorkville, Toronto, people who schedule an FUE hair transplant also find PRP to be an affordable and worthwhile adjunct treatment. Because it brings active blood vessel generation and rapid cell growth stimulation to the area, it tends to decrease the waiting time that our FUE patients have before seeing new hair. PRP also naturally decreases inflammation. As a crucial part of your body’s natural anti-inflammatory process, platelet-rich plasma decreases the already rapid recovery time and helps people get back to feeling like themselves quicker after surgery.
Here’s the best part: you can have a PRP treatment before or after your transplant. If you’re not ready for a FUE hair transplant yet, but you may be in the future, go ahead and see what Toronto PRP can do to invigorate your scalp health and hair growth now. If you have had a hair transplant already, adding PRP will only help.
Contact The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic Today!
We’re excited to see where this biotechnology is headed. We love safe, natural, and effective treatments that restore beauty and confidence. We’re happy to tell you more about PRP or schedule your consultation today. Just give us a call! We look forward to seeing you.