Vampire Hair Growth®
What is the Vampire Hair Regrowth® Procedure?
The Vampire Hair Regrowth® is a treatment using your own platelets (platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) to help restore and stimulate regrowth of hair. For more information about PRP, read “What is PRP?” Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the tissue they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and restoration of tissue. They have also been shown anecdotally to promote hair growth.
Both women and men suffer from hair loss. Typically, men suffer from hair loss along the crown as well as receding hairlines. Women can have generalized thinning along the entire head. Although, hair loss can result from a variety of conditions and factors. During your consultation, Dr. Melfi can help decide if the Vampire Hair Regrowth® procedure is right for you.
How does the Vampire Hair Regrowth® work?
PRP is extracted from your own blood and placed in the intended target areas of hair regrowth after the scalp is anesthetized. When activated, PRP releases growth factors signaling stem cells and other healing factors in the area to allow follicles (if still viable) to regrow hair. Think of PRP as acting like a fertilizer for the hair.
How is the Vampire Hair Regrowth® performed?
A topical anesthetic is applied directly to the area of the scalp being treated, and local anesthetic can also be injected along the scalp to provide additional comfort during the procedure. Using a small needle, and/or a Micro-Needling device (see Micro-Needling webpage) the PRP is injected into the scalp, and the area is gently massaged to evenly spread the PRP. Depending on your response to the initial treatment, up to three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart may be needed for optimal results.
*Results may vary for each patient and depend on viability of hair follicles. The Vampire Hair Regrowth® may not work on all people.
When will I start to notice a difference?
Some patients start to notice new hair regrowth a few weeks after their treatment. Typically, though, most notice the biggest difference at least three to six months after initial treatment. Results may vary, and they depend on the viability of existing hair follicles. Patience is very important! We recommend to start with three treatments one month apart to achieve the best results.
Who is a good candidate for the Vampire Hair Regrowth®?
Patients with the most significant results are those in the early stages of thinning hair who still have viable and at least somewhat active hair follicles.
Men and women who have naturally thinning hair and overall good health have the most optimal results. People who smoke have varying results and are encouraged to stop/quit smoking prior to having any PRP treatments. Women may respond better than men.
How long will the effects last?
Results vary depending on the extent of hair loss and viability of existing hair follicles. Effects can last up to a year or longer; however, ongoing maintenance treatments may be needed to achieve lasting results, since hair follicles continue to age. To maintain your results and the thickness of your hair, we recommended you have maintenance treatments every 6-12 months.