The Doctor Becomes The Patient
This post is brought to you by Skin Worthy's very own Dr. Cody Hemsworth.
Dr. Hemsworth recently participated in a regenerative treatment using platelet rich plasma (PRP) for hair restoration. He is finding that his hair line is receding and the overall thickness of his hair is decreasing. For hair restoration it is recommended to have 1 treatment a month for 3 months and then continue with 1 treatment every 6 months for maintenance. Dr. Hemsworth has had 2 treatments thus far and is pursuing his treatment plan in order to get optimal results. The best hair restoration results can be obtained using combination therapy (two or more methods of treatment for one issue) however some patients find it difficult to remember to take pills such a Propecia on a daily basis. PRP for hair restoration is great on its own or used in combination with hair loss medication. PRP is used as a fertilizer for weak, existing hair follicles and unfortunately is unsuitable for patients who are experiencing significant hair loss where there is no follicle left to treat (baldness).
Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing the patient's blood in office, placing it into our special centrifuge machine to spin it, this allows the plasma to separate from the red blood cells. The platelets are rich in plasma (hence the name) and growth factors. Once the PRP is separated from the red blood cells we extract the liquid gold and plant it at the bulb of the hair using a small syringe. The growth factors in PRP allow the hair follicle to be stimulated and grow stronger.
PRP hair restoration is suitable for both men and women who are experiencing hair loss. Unfortunately women don't have many treatments available for thinning hair and female pattern baldness. Women can have the same great results thanks to PRP hair restoration. PRP allows patients to restore their hair growth using their own blood and growth factors.
HALO laser + PRP: used to reduce pore size, even skin tone and accelerate post laser healing. You get the benefits of the profactional laser treatment and your own growth factors. This combination of treatments will boost collagen regeneration and leave patients with firm, plump skin.
Microneedling + PRP: better known as the Vampire Facial. PRP is used during the microneedling treatment to combat scarring, pore size, uneven texture and unwanted pigment such as melasma. It boosts collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is not limited to the facial area and can be used to treat unwanted stretch marks.
Injections + PRP: PRP can be used in cosmetic injections (similar to hair restoration) to naturally combat wrinkles and uneven texture. Popular areas of treatment include but are not limited to: the perioral area, tear troughs, cheeks and neck. PRP is a great alternative for treating skin laxity in patients who are reluctant to have filler, it also works very well in combination with filler.
Other uses of PRP: PRP can be used to treat tendon injuries, post surgical repair, arthritis and is also used to treat female and male sexual health issues. Dr. Hemsworth and Barb are excited to announce that they will be offering PRP in combination therapies for regenerative medicine at Skin Worthy.
Stay tuned to watch Dr. Hemsworth's hair restoration progress and for the introduction of regenerative treatments at Skin Worthy.