Hair Loss and PRP
Hair loss can be a frustrating and often embarrassing issue to deal with. Also known as alopecia or baldness, hair loss refers to a decreased amount of hair, primarily on the scalp. There are many different causes for losing one’s hair. However, the most common cause is androgenetic hair loss, which is the well-known male and female pattern hair loss. This is an inherited condition. In men, this manifests as the receding hair line. In women, it appears as a thinning on the top of the scalp. Numerous factors play a role in the development of androgenetic hair loss. PRP is considered a safe, relatively inexpensive, and less invasive alternative for addressing androgenetic hair loss.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is the component of the blood that contains healing growth factors. These growth factors are separated and concentrated. Your body’s own natural healing ability is then focused and directed to areas of the body that would benefit most. PRP is used in many different fields of medicine to promote wound healing, speed up recovery time, and help provide an environment to regrow healthier and h2er tissue. PRP has been found to bring promising results to those with hair loss.
How does PRP help in hair regrowth?
PRP harnesses the body’s inherent healing processes. Growth factors contained in the PRP provide signals to tissues to regenerate and initiate healing pathways. These healing growth factors subsequently result in benefits to the hair follicles of the scalp, including:
- Stimulates dormant hair follicles to grow
- Maintains the growth phase of the hair follicle
- Decreases hair loss
- Increases thickness in shaft size
- Increases blood supply to the hair follicle
What is the PRP experience?
The minimally invasive process is quick and easy, and can be done in under an hour in the office. After a blood draw, the platelet-rich plasma containing the growth factors is separated using a machine known as a centrifuge. The PRP is collected and then reintroduced into areas in need of rejuvenation, by injection into the scalp or microneedling on the face.
How many PRP treatments are required?
Treatment will vary depending on your needs. Typically, 3 to 4 sessions are recommended to start. Initially, PRP injections are performed monthly. Afterwards, maintenance treatments 2-3 times a year are recommended.
What are the risks and concerns for PRP?
Because we are using your body’s own natural components, the risks of an allergic reaction that one would see with injecting other substances is minimal. As with all injections, there is a small risk for infections as well as a mild amount of discomfort, which is tolerable by most patients. The skin around injection sites may feel tender for a day or so. There is virtually no downtime after the procedure and one can plan on returning to daily activities immediately.
Is PRP for me?
Although PRP has been found to be beneficial for androgenetic alopecia, it is not a cure. PRP works best in androgenetic hair loss that is in the early stages, to help prevent further hair loss and revitalize struggling hair follicles. To find out if PRP is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schuering today to determine if you are a good candidate.