Hair loss can be a crucial turning point in life for both men and women.
A recent development in anti-aging medicine encourages platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to be used to stimulate hair growth, thus, reversing hair loss. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Alopecia is the technical term for the loss of hair, as caused by an autoimmune disease of the skin. While it is a common start for hair loss to begin with small patches, it can progress into total loss of hair on the scalp or even the complete loss of body hair.
What is PRP therapy?
In PRP Therapy, the plasma from the blood is extracted via a centrifuge and then supplemented with additional platelets and then is injected back into the body at specific locations. PRP works in aiding tissues in the healing process. The natural growth factors in your own blood cells are what stimulate the growth of your hair.
Who can benefit from PRP?
Anyone who suffers from the thinning hair or male pattern baldness (yes, women can develop it, too) can opt for PRP therapy.
Please note that according to The Health Site, it will take about eight PRP sessions – performed every other week — for the best treatment results. In addition, to running alongside your injection treatment plan, one may have to take some form of medication such as propercia or minoxidil, which are used to treat hair loss.
Who cannot benefit from PRP?
Unfortunately, there is a limitation to platelet-rich plasma therapy. Those who have suffered the loss of all hair cannot receive PRP because this hormone therapy cannot help new hair to grow on a bald patch. It is designed to make existing hair that is thinning, grow in thicker and have stronger follicles.
Advantages to using PRP therapy
It is a non-surgical, simple procedure.
- Short procedure, usually less than an hour and a half.
- Quick period of recovery.
Results from PRP therapy
By the fourth session of treatment, most patients will begin to see the growth of hair as a bit of fuzz. Understand that if there is no form of hair visible in the bald patch, PRP will not work, as there is no follicle to be stimulated by the growth hormones. PRP therapy is the best option for those who have thinning hair and receding hairlines along the temples and at the top of the head.
Understanding the underlying cause for the loss of hair will be the first step in determining if platelet-rich plasma therapy is the right course of action for reversing your thinning or receding hair. If you and your doctor determine PRP is appropriate and beneficial for your condition, then your hair restoration procedure will help you develop healthy and natural looking hair.