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
"Best Breast Aug Doc in Orlando - I've basically wanted a breast aug all my life. After doing research and reaching out to multiple friends, I chose Dr. Soto. His practice is very clean and well-decorated which shows professionalism. Dr. Soto is a very professional and respectful man. I felt extremely comfortable with him and everyone in his office during this entire process. During my pre-op visits I had a huge list of questions- all of which were addressed thoroughly by either Dr. Soto or one of his nurses, Leinny and Romi. Dr. Soto is very busy but will take the time to answer questions for you and provide thorough explanation. I am 5'2 and 110 lbs and very athletic, I wanted a more natural look- not too big, likely 32C. Dr. Soto immediately made recommendations based on my physique and thoroughly explained to me why. We went with the safest options- under the muscle, moderate profile Mentor silicone gel implants with incision at the crease. No, he did not have any sizers for me to try on and did not tell me what size he was going to give me. He did inform me that he would not give me a size that my body would not allow for. I did not have an issue with this, as I trusted his reputation and experience.At the day of my surgery I was extremely anxious, but his staff did a great job of calming me down and making sure I was okay. After the procedure I was fine- just felt like a did 500 push ups with 135lbs on my back (expected). His post-op instructions and very thorough and some say might be extreme. I listened to and followed ALL instructions to a T- this is VERY important. I was not allowed to raise my heart rate for 4 weeks and was not able to lift weights for 6 weeks. I had about 7 post-ops to date. I did not feel near 100% "normal" until about 8-10 weeks in. I am currently 4.5 months post-op and I am lifting weights completely normally (except for chest exercises, per instructions). I am completely in love with my results. I went from 32A to 32C or D. I am still unsure about the size, I have purchased some 32C and some 32DD. But I am SO happy! I would recommend Dr. Soto to anyone wanting the best of the best. I believe he is considered a bit "pricey" but I can assure you, you are paying for the very best in Orlando and I trust that I will be happy with these results in years to come."- F. / RealSelf / Mar 24, 2020
"Amy is beyond amazing. I needed Botox and filler and was a little nervous about it and the possible side effects. She took her time to inform me of all of my options and what would be best for me to keep a natural look. I am also not a fan of needles, but her technique is gentle and I was comfortable. I highly recommend Amy for all of your aesthetic needs. She is professional and so friendly, I would never go anywhere else!!"- M.L. / Yellowpages / Mar 03, 2020
"I had an explant/breast lift done. I am extremely happy with the results. Dr. Soto is very professional and knowledgeable. The staff was amazing, especially Romie. Thanks for the wonderful results!"- E.M. / Yellowpages / Feb 23, 2020
"I absolutely love this office and the staff. I had a breast augmentation with breast lift a year ago with Dr. Soto and I couldn't be happier with the results, they look natural looking and I am so much more confident in my swimwear now. He is the best! Also, Amy the Nurse Practitioner is just amazing, I have gone to her for botox and filler. She is just so professional and charming. Having never done these procedures before, she did an excellent job of educating me about the different options and common known side effects and helped me to choose the right type and amount of filler/botox to give me the most natural look. I get so many compliments of how refreshed I look. I highly recommend this office for all your aesthetic needs! -Monique B."- M.B. / Yelp / Feb 07, 2020
PRP Therapy for Hair Ideal Candidates
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.
PRP Therapy for Hair Procedure Technique
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 with PRP Therapy for Hair
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.
PRP Therapy for Hair 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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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.