Dr. Edward D. Buckingham offers his patients powerful breakthrough technology with PRP for hair loss in Austin, Texas. A receding hairline, thinning hair, and areas of balding can negatively affect both men and women, often playing a key role in their appearance and self-esteem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option that stimulates regrowth, stops hair loss, and encourages a full head of healthy hair without surgery or downtime.
- What is PRP for Hair Loss?
- Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss
- Am I a Candidate for PRP for Hair Loss
- A PRP Consultation in Austin, TX
- The PRP for Hair Loss Procedure
- Recovering from PRP for Hair Loss
- Why Should I Choose Dr. Edward D Buckingham?
- Frequently Asked Questions about PRP for Hair Loss
- Schedule Your PRP for Hair Loss Consultation
What is PRP for Hair Loss?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is often used to reduce a patient’s recovery period, limit bruising, and encourage healing after anti-aging laser treatments and other cosmetic procedures. It is also used to regenerate hair follicles with growth factors that are concentrated in platelets and plasma that stimulate the development of new blood vessels and the conversion to healthy hair in weak or dormant hair follicles. PRP for hair loss harnesses the natural healing power found in blood platelets to fight hair loss in both men and women.
Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss
PRP hair restoration is a highly effective treatment for hair loss that can be used alone or in combination with another therapy for enhanced results. This treatment offers many benefits to patients. PRP therapy for hair loss:
- Is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no downtime
- Can activate dormant hair follicles and encourage a longer growth cycle (anagen)
- Can be used in combination with laser treatments to encourage wound healing
- Can be used in combination with Rogaine or other topical hair treatments
- Is often used to encourage hair regrowth and healing during a hair transplant
- Can be used alone to encourage a fuller head of hair
- May prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair follicles
Am I a Candidate for PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by an underlying medical treatment such as anemia, hormonal imbalance or an autoimmune condition. However, most patients who are experiencing hair loss are otherwise healthy and may benefit from PRP alone or combined with laser treatments, a hair transplant, or topical medications.
PRP has been shown to help men with male pattern baldness and women who are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair. PRP therapy for hair restoration works best for individuals who began losing their hair within the last five years.
A PRP Consultation in Austin, TX
Dr. Edward Buckingham examines each patient during a private consultation in Austin, Texas and reviews their health history to determine if PRP therapy is likely to reduce their hair loss and encourage the growth of strong, healthy hair. The plastic surgeon thoroughly explains PRP therapy, describes each available option and creates a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s age, genetics, hormones, and individual hair loss pattern.
The PRP for Hair Loss Procedure
During a platelet-rich plasma treatment session, a small amount of blood is drawn, usually from the patient’s arm. The blood is then spun for purification, which separates platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma containing growth factors.
The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into thinning areas of the scalp and hair follicles to promote hair growth. Anesthetic is not required because the PRP injections are performed with a very fine needle, however some patients elect to use Pronox (Nitrous Oxide) to ease any injection discomfort.
The length of the PRP procedure and the number of injections needed depends on the size of the area being treated. Dr. Buckingham usually recommends a series of four to six PRP treatments.
Recovering from PRP for Hair Loss
Patients may experience some mild tenderness in the treated area after PRP injections, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated. Most patients resume their regular activities on the same day without any significant side effects. Patients typically require four to six monthly sessions followed with yearly or bi-yearly maintenance treatments.
It takes months for each hair follicle to strengthen and heal, so initial signs of hair growth will not typically emerge for about four to six months. Dr. Buckingham will evaluate the results after a full year to determine PRP injection success. If maintenance treatments are discontinued, hair loss is likely to progress.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Edward D Buckingham?
Dr. Edward D. Buckingham is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is the founder of Buckingham Center in Austin Texas, which is renowned for its attentive, skilled staff and the consistently excellent results patients achieve. Dr. Buckingham holds many qualifications and accolades, including:
- Over two decades of experience as a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
- He graduated from medical school in the top two percent of his class with the highest honors.
- Board-certified and recognized as an international teacher and outstanding Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
- Serves as a mentor in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s highly-competitive fellowship program.
- Has received and continues to receive multiple awards, including America’s Best Physicians, Patient’s Choice Award, and many others.
- He offers a full range of glowing, revitalizing facial treatments and plastic surgeries, including facelifts, chemical peels like PCA SKIN® and SkinMedica, and reconstructive procedures.
- Specializes in the PRP treatment for hair loss.
Frequently Asked Questions about PRP for Hair Loss
What risks are associated with a platelet-rich plasma PRP treatment?
PRP hair restoration is a safe, natural treatment that uses cells and growth factors within the patient’s blood to reduce hair loss and to encourage hair growth and follicle health. Platelet-rich plasma has few side effects and is commonly used in other areas of medicine, including laser treatments, to encourage wound healing.
How do you prepare for PRP treatments?
Dr. Buckingham will provide you with a complete list of pre-treatment recommendations that may recommend avoiding St. John’s wort, fish oil, high doses of vitamin E, garlic, and over-the-counter medicine that can thin your blood. We recommend that you remain well hydrated to assist in drawing your blood.
It is also advisable to wait two weeks before or after hair coloring treatments to undergo PRP. Stop smoking at least two weeks before the treatment. It is highly recommended that you remain a non-smoker to encourage proper healing and to promote healthy hair growth.
What results can I expect after PRP therapy for hair loss?
Most patients begin to see an increased number of hairs and an increase in hair thickness after the second or third treatment. Many studies have shown a rise in the number of growing hairs, resting hairs and hair density after three months and again after six months when compared with the original baseline.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Most patients resume their normal activities immediately after a PRP hair restoration treatment.
Am I a good candidate for a PRP hair restoration?
PRP is an increasingly-popular non-invasive treatment option for hair restoration. Many patients who wish to restore their hair without a transplant are good candidates for PRP injections. However, the treatments are not appropriate for everyone.
Patients who are experiencing hair loss caused by a hormonal imbalance, thyroid disease, lupus or another health condition that causes hair loss are not typically approved as PRP candidates. Dr. Buckingham will examine you and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP to stop hair loss and treat male pattern baldness or thinning hair.
How long does each platelet-rich plasma treatment take?
PRP therapy sessions offer substantial results and are typically completed in just 30 minutes.
Each platelet-rich plasma treatment involves the removal of a small number of blood cells, which are then treated to separate the red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma from platelet-rich plasma that is rich in growth factors.
Dr. Buckingham then strategically injects the platelet-rich plasma into areas of the scalp, which encourages blood vessel formation to restore hair growth.
Schedule Your PRP for Hair Loss Consultation
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Edward Buckingham to discuss PRP therapy at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas. Call us today at 512.401.2500, or visit Buckingham Center online to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Why Choose Dr. Buckingham
- B.B.A. in Accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
- Completed his pre-medical coursework achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average at University of Texas in Austin.
- Received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
- Was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society as a junior medical student and served as the organization’s vice-president and later president.
- Graduating medical school in the top 2% of the class with highest honors, Dr. Buckingham received the Donald Duncan Memorial Scholarship in Anatomy, the Edward Randall Medal for Academic Excellence, and the Merck Manual Award.
- He then performed a general surgery internship and Otolaryngology residency at UTMB and was a nominee for the UTMB overall-outstanding resident.
- Additionally, he served as president of the UTMB House Officer Association and served two years on the Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee and Executive Committee.