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Everyone’s hair falls out. On average, your body sheds about 75 hairs per day. For most people, that hair simply regrows. For others, however, hair follicles may seemingly stop working for good. Whether your hair loss is hereditary or simply caused by stress, the thought of going bald might have you worried at best and downright petrified at worst. Up until a few years ago, hair restoration techniques were few and far between, mainly consisting of Rogaine (a topical foam applied to the scalp) and hair transplantation, a relatively expensive and sometimes painful procedure. There’s a new treatment being used to treat hair loss these days, however, and you may have heard of it before: PRP, or platelet-rich plasma.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments originated as facials, and they use a small sample of your blood to promote healing and rejuvenation in your skin. The blood is first drawn and spun around in a centrifuge to draw out the plasma. This plasma contains a large number of platelets, tiny growth factors that help heal injured tissue. In addition to these platelets, plasma also contains structures of glycogen, lysosomes, and alpha granules, all of which assist your body with its management and repairs. These same substances trigger hair growth by activating hair follicles, and are especially effective thanks to their compacted nature in PRP.
PRP For Hair Loss
PRP uses your body’s own natural growth factors to speed up the healing process, stimulate reproduction of collagen, and encourage new cell growth. Although the treatment was originally used only for facials, it has since been discovered as an effective option for those looking to diminish or put an end to their hair loss. The growth factors found in PRP have been found to trigger hair follicles, stimulating them into continue hair production and growth. PRP treatment is so effective, it has also been used to treat muscles, joints, and tendons, earning it the nickname “liquid gold” among many healthcare professionals.
Because PRP is derived from your own blood, a doctor or nurse must first draw a small amount from your body. Generally, no more than what is needed for a typical blood sample is required. The blood will then be spun in a special machine designed to separate out any plasma. Next, the PRP is injected via syringe directly into the scalp wherever hair loss has occurred. Appointments are typically scheduled on a monthly basis, although you may need fewer or additional treatments to achieve the results you’re looking for. In most cases, results take two to three months to appear.
Risks & Aftercare
PRP is so minimally invasive that many patients do not even require local anesthesia. In general, the only risks PRP carries are those that deal with the initial drawing of blood. If you have low blood pressure or have a fear of needles, PRP treatment may not be for you. Some patients may experience some slight pain around the injection sites, in which case over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be used. Although an ice pack may also be used in the event of discomfort, doctors recommend taking a warm shower or bath after treatment to maximize circulation throughout your body.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to take the first steps toward starting your PRP hair treatment to reduce hair loss, call CORE Medical & Wellness to schedule your first appointment: (888) 521-0688 or request a call at a time that is convenient for you.
Hair loss can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent issue. PRP is a proven method for regrowing your missing hair. You can learn more about the procedure at: 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.