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Losing your hair? You aren’t alone. By the time they are 50, over 80% of men report hair loss, and nearly 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they are 40! There are many possible underlying causes of hair loss including hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, stress and autoimmunity. Working with your physician to address underlying causes is certainly recommended to halt hair loss, although regrowth is often more difficult to achieve. Each hair on your head grows from its own follicle, and the follicles require nourishment supplied from a network of capillaries. For many years, treatment for hair loss has been primarily focused on medications that alter hormone production (like finasteride), topical agents that increase blood flow to the follicle (Minoxidil) and hair transplants, a surgical relocation of strips of the scalp from the back of the head where there is generally more hair to the thinning areas. Fortunately, there are now several supportive studies illustrating that platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections in the scalp regenerate the hair follicles and lead to increased hair growth.
Just as PRP is beneficial to heal orthopedic conditions (where it used widely), it can be applied to regenerate a wide variety of tissue, including the hair follicle. PRP is created by concentrating and activating platelets, a type of blood cell, from the patient’s own blood. Platelets contain a large reservoir of natural growth factors that stimulate the growth and regeneration of tissue, in this case revitalizing the hair follicle, halting hair loss and inducing the growth of new hair. Because the therapy uses the patient’s OWN blood and growth factors, there is no concern of allergic reaction or rejection. The therapy is very well tolerated.
Recent studies have shown that PRP injections induced the anagen, or growth phase of the hair follicle and were effective in reversing androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness even in men who had a family history of hair loss. The success of PRP hair restoration therapy is overwhelmingly favorable for all types of hair loss.
The non-surgical procedure involves the collection of the patient’s blood while treating the scalp with a topical numbing agent. Once the PRP has been prepared it is injected into the scalp, bathing the hair follicles in growth factors. Special attention will be paid to the areas of the most hair loss in each individual patient. Recovery is quick, and is generally limited to mild tenderness of the scalp for a day or two.
For optimal results, we suggest 2-3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. As with all PRP procedures, the overall health, nutritional and hormonal status of the patient is a factor in the efficacy of the treatment, and the longer the hair loss has been going on, the more difficult it is to treat. Book your free 15 minute consultation to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary treatment!