What's Hair Restoration + PRP?
At Mountcastle Plastic Surgery, we offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair loss because it is a natural treatment that uses your body’s own growth factors. PRP can stimulate the hair follicles, which then encourages new hair regrowth, and reduces the process of thinning hair. A small blood sample is taken, and this blood is then placed in our centrifuge. When centrifugation is complete, the patient's plasma will be separated from the red blood cells. The PRP that contains concentrated amounts of growth factors is extracted from the blood sample and injected into the patient's scalp where the hair is thinning. As the skin begins its wound-healing process, these growth factors are present in the follicular bulge area where stem cells are found. This activates the proliferative phase of the hair cycle, resulting in new, denser and healthier hair growth.
"I couldn’t ask for the best doctor and surgeon to have. Dr. Mountcastle and his team are the best. I recently have procedure done and not only my recovery was so fast, I hardly have any bruising, just a small area where the incision was. Thank you Dr. Mountcastle!"- C.K. / Google / Oct 31, 2019
"I had a breast reduction a couple weeks ago. The staff was really sweet and great at explaining everything. Dr. Mountcastle was very professional and clear about it all. So far, the procedure I had done went as expected, I'm very satisfied. My experience has been a very positive one."- L.W. / Google / Oct 30, 2019
"It was my first time to visit Dr. Mountcastle for a consult. First, his staff is professional, genuine and friendly. Dr. Mountcastle is knowledgeable, professional and honest. He doesn’t candy-coat, gives you all scenarios and suggests you take time to think over what you discussed, and make an educated, informed decision before jumping into anything. I have complete confidence that I found the right doctor to perform my procedure."- B.M. / Google / Oct 30, 2019
"Nicely surprised at how quick an painless my procedure went.Thanks to all involved for a great job.Bill"- B.G. / Google / Oct 29, 2019
"Dr Mountcastle is an amazing doctor and the staff is very friendly"- M.J. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
Am I a good candidate?
Patient selection is critical for success. Some patients are not candidates for this treatment if they have advanced AGA (Norwood V-VII or Ludwig III). This includes patients with traumatic alopecia and autoimmune alopecia, as they may have insufficient adnexal normal tissue to mount an adequate response.
The concern with autoimmune alopecia is that even if the healing cascade is stimulated and anagen prolonged, the baseline autoimmune etiology may counter treatment efforts. Contraindications for treatment with PRP include: significant platelet dysfunctions; hypofibrinogenemia; local infection or septicemia; pregnancy; poor blood clotting; keloid-prone patients; sensitivity to bovine thrombin—if used; and hemodynamic instability.
Prior to treatment, it is recommended for patients to have blood work done. Blood work test including CBC with platelets; serum iron; and estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, pituitary and antibody panels.
Most patients expect to see new hair growth about six months after the procedure. Although the optimal number of PRP treatments and intervals has yet to be determined, we recommend four to six treatments spaced four weeks apart.
What to Expect
Prior to the procedure, a topical numbing is applied one hour before the procedure, then the scalp is cleaned with an iodine-povidone preparation. The ZimmerChiller is used to help further numb the area during treatment using very cold air- similar to icing an area. Once the procedure is done, patients are counseled to use gentle, daily hair shampoo and conditioner.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 hour
- Procedure Recovery Location