If you’re one of the millions of Americans experiencing hair loss or thinning, you know how frustrating and embarrassing it can be. Both men and women can be affected and varying degrees of baldness can occur. It may show as large areas of balding or thinning in certain parts of the scalp. No matter how this annoyance shows itself on your head, it’s probably entirely unwelcome. It can dramatically affect your confidence and self-image. And if you’re here, reading this article, you’re searching for a way to get your hair back. Ever heard the term Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix?
Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) for Hair Restoration
Microneedling is a popular procedure that can help patients achieve more youthful and rejuvenated skin by perforating the top layer with a tiny needle to stimulate natural collagen production. PRFM works in much the same way, but it combines that natural process with platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and an added augmentation. PRP involves drawing some of your blood and running it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. These are powerful proponents of the regenerative process and when injected directly into the scalp to breathe new life into hair follicles. PRFM differs from PRP in that a mixture of calcium chloride is added to a more platelet rich concentration. This helps convert fibrinogen in the platelets into fibrin, forming the fibrin matrix. When injected, this more stable concentrate provides hair follicles with longer exposure to the essential growth factors.
What is the Treatment Like?
You will spend a few minutes having blood drawn so that it can be run in the centrifuge. Once the platelets are isolated and combined with calcium chloride, the procedure will take approximately 30 minutes. As with other injection treatments, the actual injection can be slightly painful like a pin prick. Your surgeon can apply a local anesthetic cream to numb the skin and alleviate any discomfort. Because hair grows in cycles, for optimal results most clients will need to have 3-4 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, then annually to maintain results. There is virtually no downtime and you are free to resume your normal activities when you walk out the door!
How Well Does PRFM Work?
The PRFM procedure is very effective at rejuvenating dying hair follicles to help men and women who are experiencing thinning. The result is thicker and denser hair. If you’re also stricken with graying hair, PRFM offers a bonus - the treated hair follicles will produce darker hair! This non-surgical approach to hair restoration, though innovative and comparably affordable, its permanence is unknown. That is why we recommend annual visits to our office so that Dr. Raval can evaluate whether more treatments are necessary.
Cost of PRFM
The cost of PRFM treatments is not as straightforward as some of our other procedures. If the entire scalp is treated, the amount is $800. Keep in mind that it is typically only certain areas of the scalp that need to be addressed. Also remember that hair grows in cycles and PRFM requires multiple treatments. Compared to a hair transplant procedure ($4,000-$10,000), however, PRFM treatments are very affordable.
The only way to get a more accurate cost estimate and to learn the extent to which PRFM could save your hair, is to have a private consultation with Dr. Raval so that he can assess your individual needs. You could be on your way to thicker, denser healthy hair.