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Although men more commonly lose their hair, many women also struggle with hair loss and hair thinning. While it is a normal and natural part of aging, it is also a source of stress and embarrassment for many women. Thankfully, there is good news for women experiencing hair loss.
A new, non-surgical treatment has been discovered to help regrow hair naturally. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and it uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate hair growth.
How Does PRP Hair Treatment Work?
The key to PRP’s effectiveness is the concentration of platelets in the blood. When blood is spun in a centrifuge, the platelet-rich plasma is separated out from the blood. Plasma contains eight growth factors that help to heal damaged tissue and can also stimulate hair follicles to regrow hair. Plasma contains glycogen, lysosomes, and alpha granules which all contribute to the healing and growth process throughout the body. The same elements, especially when concentrated, can stimulate the growth of hair.
What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits of PRP over other existing hair loss treatments.
- All natural treatment, no drugs or chemicals
- High patient satisfaction
- Stimulates hair growth
- Slows or stops hair loss
- Promotes healthier, thicker hair
- Non-surgical procedure
- Can be combined with other hair loss treatments
What Does the Procedure Entail?
PRP for hair treatment is quite simple. A blood sample is taken from the arm (a small vial, similar to a regular blood test). The blood is then spun in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then collected in a syringe and injected into the scalp where hair growth is needed. Some low level laser therapy may follow to help with hair follicle stimulation.
Following the Procedure
There is no need for down time after PRP injection. You can go about your daily activities as normal. You can even shampoo, condition, and style your hair as you would normally. Your scalp may show some redness due to inflammation. You may also experience some mild irritation or numbness that should dissipate a few hours following treatment.
How Many Procedures Will it Take to See Results?
Typically, treatment is carried out over the course of a year, with injections every 3 months. Most people see results between the third and sixth months. Treatment plans can be customized to the individual needs of each patient. Some people may require more treatments to get their desired results, while others may need less.
Is PRP Safe?
In preliminary studies, patients have responded well to PRP treatments. There are currently additional clinical studies being conducted and the results are still pending. Medical literature to date reports overwhelmingly positive results.
The following preexisting conditions could make someone ineligible:
- Blood/platelet disorders
- Chronic liver disease
- An active infection
- Cardiovascular instability
- Hemodynamic or anticoagulation issues
These conditions could mean that PRP therapy would not be safe to pursue for the individual.
PRP Can Treat Various Types of Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Alopecia is the scientific term for hair loss. There are different types of alopecia that PRP can treat.
- Alopecia Areata. An autoimmune disease causing hair loss from some or all areas of the scalp.
- Androgenic Alopecia. Hair loss due to hormonal disturbances, such as the result of aging.
- Diffuse Alopecia. Stress-related or nutrient deficiency-related hair loss.
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, PRP may be able to help regrow hair.
Could PRP Work for You?
If you’re interested in PRP hair treatment and would like to know if you would be an ideal candidate for the procedure, call CORE Medical & Wellness to schedule a consultation: (888) 521-0688 or request a call.
Hair loss can be disappointing, but there is hope. PRP has helped women of all ages to regrow and improve the quality of their own natural hair. Learn more about the procedure here: https://coremedicalwellness.com/services/mens-and-womens-health/
Kristin Freda is our medical aesthetician at CORE Medical & Wellness. Kristin has been in the skincare industry for 13+ years, and has worked at some of the most prestigious day spas and medical spas in New Jersey. Read her full bio here.