HAGERSTOWN, Md., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hair loss is estimated to affect up to 85% of men and up to 80% of women during their lifetime. Despite being so common, hair loss can be embarrassing to endure and chip away at a person's self-confidence. Thanks to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Henry F. Garazo, patients seeking an effective hair loss treatment in Maryland may find new hope for addressing their hair loss—in their own blood.
The Maryland plastic surgeon is now offering platelet rich plasma injections, or PRP, for hair restoration at Plastic Surgery Services in Hagerstown. He calls PRP is a breakthrough treatment, offering patients an effective, non-surgical solution for hair loss.
Dr. Garazo comments, "Hair loss has been notoriously challenging to address in the past. Most hair replacement options required surgery and anesthesia, could take many hours to perform, and didn't always produce natural-looking results. With PRP injections, we can help patients regrow hair naturally in a convenient, minimally-invasive procedure with almost no risk for complications."
How Platelet Rich Plasma can help reverse hair loss
Tiny cells in our blood called platelets play a key role in healing, assisting with blood clotting and releasing specialized proteins called growth factors around a wound site. Growth factors trigger collagen production and cell growth and regeneration, helping to repair damaged tissue—which is why PRP therapy has been used medically for many years to help heal orthopedic injuries.
PRP therapy involves drawing a blood sample from the patient and placing it in a centrifuge to separate platelets and plasma from other blood cells and create a plasma solution with a very high concentration of platelets. When injected into the scalp, the growth factors in PRP stimulate hair follicles to remain in the growth phase longer, essentially helping natural hair growth exceed current loss. Dr. Garazo lists a number of benefits PRP over other hair restoration methods:
- PRP injections are minimally invasive and require no downtime
- Treatments take around 30 minutes, compared to several hours for hair transplants
- No shaving is required before treatment, and there is no resulting scar
- Because a patient's own blood plasma is used, there is no risk for contamination or allergic reaction when treatment is performed correctly
- PRP typically costs less than hair restoration treatments such as follicular unit extraction
- Results look and feel completely natural
Does platelet rich plasma work?
Dr. Garazo mentions that several clinical studies have shown PRP therapy to be a safe, effective method for treating hair loss. A 2014 study showed an average 23% increase in follicular density after four treatments; another study performed the following year showed similar results. PRP also has a high patient satisfaction rate as a hair restoration treatment—88% of patients on RealSelf.com said that PRP was worth it.
Dr. Garazo stresses that because growth factors in PRP stimulates living hair follicle growth, but cannot revive dead follicles or create new ones, PRP injections are best suited for patients in early stages of hair loss. He states, "For patients who are beginning to notice areas of thinning around the temples or crown, PRP can be a safe, cost-effective option to restore their hair closer to its previous fullness and feel more confident in their appearance as a result."
Dr. Garazo is currently accepting patients for PRP hair restoration at Plastic Surgery Services in Hagerstown and encourages those interested in the procedure to contact the practice at 301-791-1800 or visit www.plasticsurgeryservices.net.
About Dr. Henry F. Garazo: Plastic surgeon Henry F. Garazo, MD, FACS is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been selected as one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers' Research Council of America for five consecutive years. He practices in his hometown of Hagerstown, Maryland, at The Galleria, 1140 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, Md., 21740-5905. Learn more atwww.plasticsurgeryservices.net or read Dr. Garazo's reviews.
Media Contact: Dr. Henry F. Garazo, (301) 791-1800 or www.plasticsurgeryservices.net
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