Hair thinning is a significant concern for a number of Orlando, FL women and men, whether it's brought on by genetics, age, hormones, health conditions, or from years of overstyling. With current advances in research within the hair restoration industry, new procedures are being created to help fight the problem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative, nonsurgical procedure for individuals that's showing remarkable effects in slowing, stopping, and reversing hair loss. PRP has shown promising results in individuals with alopecia areata or thinning eyebrows. Orlando, FL board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Soto is just one of a small number of hair restoration surgeons to supply this revolutionary treatment. By blending a strong solution of hair growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Soto can help strengthen your hair, resulting in thicker, longer, healthy locks.
"Bridget and Amanda made a super weird and uncomfortable procedure quite easy! I was really nervous, but their calming manner and conversation relaxed me. The Geneveve treatment was completely painless and there was no down time. My significant other thoroughly enjoys the results as well."- K.M. / Yellowpages / Jun 26, 2017
"My recent mammogram showed leakage around my 45 year old implants. There was also severe hardened scar tissue surrounding them. I did an internet search and found Dr. Armando Soto’s site. He had the absolute best ratings! I will tell you he and his staff are super and deserve every star. Dr. Soto performed removal of old implants, cleanup of scar tissue, and then replacement with new implants.He and his staff are patient,understanding, reassuring, and caring. They answered every call text and question I had. I And my husband feel truly blessed to have been guided through my searching to have found Dr. Armando Soto. I would give them more stars if I could!!!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 26, 2020
"So Happy I Had the Procedure - It has been 2 months since my procedure. Amy at Dr. Soto’s Office in Orlando, Fl did the procedure and she was absolutely amazing. She injected my armpits to numb them and the procedure took about 15 minutes each arm. She set the machine to level 5, which was the highest. I applied ice for the next 24-48 hours to help with the swelling. It was uncomfortable the day off due to the swelling but very little pain as I was still numb. The next day it felt like a had a terrible sunburn in my armpits and was pretty uncomfortable but by day 3-4 the pain was pretty much gone. Swelling remained for the next week and I did get some lumps that eventually went away. About 2 weeks in I went through the purging stage which lasted 1-2 weeks. Fast forwarding to now, 2 months later, I do not wear deodorant 99% of the time. The 1% of the time to do apply very little to my right armpit as I still develop a very mild odor on a hot day. Additionally I’ve notice my armpit hair is pretty much gone. I’m super happy with the results and will decide ext summer if I want to have a second procedure done."- L. / RealSelf / Oct 20, 2020
"Anchor lift with 255cc implants - best surgeon - Only doing a review because I lived on this site pre & post op, looking for similar procedures (and I chose the best surgeon ever, so he deserves a review). I've always had saggy breast, and what I thought was extra breast tissue in my armpit region. It wasn't until I went to see Dr. Soto for liposuction that I was informed I actually had a slight breast deformity - ptosis 3 tubular breast. Dr. Soto respectfully informed me why my breast were so droopy, and that liposuction would not help get the goal I was desiring. He instead explained he could perform an anchor lift which would result in a youthful, perky and pretty breast shape. I had other consultations scheduled after him, but after speaking with him and seeing his amazing bedside manner and dedication to safety, I cancelled the others & booked my surgery with him that same day. The fact that he didn't try to also push liposuction really made me trust him and his judgement - Vs other surgeons wanting to perform any & everything, only for their benefit. He definitely has your best interest at heart & is very realistic about getting you to your goal image/body. I ended up also asking him for implants to make sure I got the shape and fullness that I really wanted. I showed him goal photos, and trusted him to make the best decision based on my body. I think he said I would be around his 3,500 breast augmentation, and his work 100% showed his talent. He's a true artist, I'm still in shock at how amazing my results are!!! My friends and family don't even believe the photos I show them are actually me. I am only 6 weeks post op and they look better every day. Photos speak for themselves. I also looked through hundreds of results from surgeons around the country, and Dr. Soto had some of the best scar results I had ever seen. Being in my 20s, that was a huge concern of mine and I am so so happy I went with him. My scars are already barely noticeable and continue to face. I only wish I had done this sooner!! The entire office (nurses, PA, coordinator, front desk) is beyond sweet, always making you feel comfortable and going out of their way to accommodate you. After surgery, Dr. Soto saw me at least 5 times within the first month to monitor my healing - just goes to show how much they really care for each patient. If my friends & family ever need any work done, I will be sure to send them to Dr. Soto and his wonderful office!!"- K. / RealSelf / Sep 20, 2020
"Lower Body Lift After 3 Kids and 65 Pound Loss - I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter. I’ve also had 3 kids that spanned from 2004 to 2016. At my highest weight I was 215 pounds. Somewhere between 2016 and 2020, I lost about 25 pounds. In January of this year, I weighed in at 188 and I decided enough was enough. So I started my journey. It never even occurred to me to get a lower body lift at that point. I just wanted to lose the weight. Well, in July, I broke into the 140’s. I was so pleased with my commitment, however I was left with a ton of skin after the babies and weight loss. I have very fair skin and have been told the fairer the skin, the thinner and therefor more saggy. Of course! I decided to go see Dr. Soto, after having a few other consultations with other doctors. I don’t know what it was but I felt more comfortable that he knew exactly how to mold me. I had my Lower body lift surgery on July 29th so I’m now 5 days post op. The first few days were rough. The first night I had immense acid reflux that wouldn’t go away. They tried, I just have a history of acid reflux and I would usually control it with Nexium. Well because my muscles were stitched and tightened, it put on that extra pressure and the acid just traveled upward. This was actually the worst part the first day. I opted for the Exparel, which I think was a huge reason I wasn’t in immense pain. It lasted for the first 3 days and now I just take a painkiller as needed, which isn’t often. Another side effect I wasn’t prepared for was the phlegm. It’s a side effect of the anesthesia but once you get that tickle in your throat, it’s very difficult not to cough. Coughing is not fun when you’ve had your muscles fixed. However, sometimes it’s necessary to rid yourself of the phlegm. On day 5, it doesn’t hurt as much as it did on day 2. So my biggest complaint up to this point has really been the acid reflux. I’m trying to learn how to control it with the foods that I eat. I’m instructed not to drink water and to opt for the fruit juices and Gatorades (something that won’t wash away those important electrolytes). Apple juice proved to be an acid builder so now it’s just Gatorade. It’s all trial and error for me right now but I wanted to share my first before and after photos with you all. Dr. Soto and his team have been very helpful, as I have had a lot of questions along the way. I was so sure he would have to do liposuction, however he did not and I’m still very pleased with my new body, even as heavily swollen as it is. I cannot wait to see my final result! You will see a pic of me at 215, then a before surgery body pic at 149 and then 1 day post op."- F. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2020
Any individual suffering from balding is potentially an excellent candidate for PRP hair therapy while patients with early hair loss typically yield the most favorable results. PRP is best suited for those with androgenic alopecia, an inherited type of hair loss that usually presents on the top part of the head. For women, this may appear as a broadening part with regular hair density on the backside of the scalp. Those with parts of "poor quality” hair growth of the scalp with normally reacting hair follicles have the greatest results with PRP hair regrowth therapy.
As a nonsurgical procedure, the PRP treatment is a brief one-hour in-office visit. The session starts by withdrawing a little bit of your blood and putting it in a specialized machine, which circulates the blood at high speed to remove the platelets from the remainder of the blood elements. After that, a local anesthetic will be used on your scalp and the platelet-rich plasma is introduced into parts of your head that are bald or thinning. Then, microneedling is performed on the scalp to cause micro-trauma and micro-channels to the epidermis, which triggers the PRP and enables it to seep deep into the skin. Our routine for nonsurgical management of baldness includes an initial therapy and maintenance therapies about every nine months to a year.
What to Expect
There's no downtime or recovery necessary after this procedure with very little limitations or constraints. If anything, patients can develop some discoloration, minor swelling, and mild discomfort to the treated regions. These symptoms might last up to two days. While outcomes differ for every individual, aesthetic results are generally noticed approximately 4 – 6 months after the initial session and may continue to improve for as much as a complete year following therapy. Since PRP isn't a permanent option for reversing hair loss, follow-up sessions are highly recommended every 12 – 18 months. It's very important to remember that PRP doesn't develop new hair follicles in places where you're already bald. It's utilized to reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will create fuller, healthier, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How effective is PRP at treating hair loss?
The outcomes of your treatment will depend on the severity of your hair loss. Dr. Soto will need to understand how long you have been experiencing hair loss and how far it has progressed to understand if this treatment can help you. He will be able to determine how many treatments you will need to get and other factors as well. It is also important to remember to be patient with the results. Hair growth takes time and once PRP assists in stimulating the process, it is important to have realistic expectations. You may need to continue to get PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss.
How often should I get PRP hair treatments?
Most patients will undergo a series of three PRP hair treatments spaced about a month apart. How many you will need after this initial treatment schedule will depend on the progression of hair loss you are experiencing. Dr. Soto generally creates a custom plan for his patients, which outlines how often you should have treatment. If your hair loss is more advanced, depending on what your ultimate goals are, he can consult with you about different treatments.
Can PRP be combined with other hair treatments?
PRP therapy for the hair can be combined with other hair-related treatments, such as topical medications for hair loss, as well as microneedling. It is a healthy serum that can be used for many purposes, even combined with more aggressive hair loss treatments. Dr. Soto will discuss his recommendations for what in-office treatments he believes will work best to treat your hair loss and will also include and discuss any at-home products that might help between appointments.
Are PRP injections to the scalp painful?
During your appointment and while the serum is being prepared, we will apply a numbing ointment to your scalp to keep you comfortable during the injection process. This helps to minimize your discomfort during the procedure. Your scalp may remain sensitive, a little swollen, numb, or "tingle" for a little while after your PRP injections, but this is temporary.
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Stimulate New Growth
PRP treatment is a clinically backed choice for people struggling to decide between hair loss solutions. At Armando Soto, MD FACS, we are proud to offer innovative solutions to efficiently address hair loss. To hear more about PRP therapy for the hair, we invite you to call the Orlando, FL plastic surgery center of Dr. Armando Soto.