When we think of thinning hair, hair loss, or a receding hairline, we typically associate it with a problem that men have to deal with, but the truth is these are common issues for women. Hair loss can have a huge impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. Fortunately, there are many treatments available; however, most of them are extremely costly, are at high risk of infection, or simply are not effective. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) offers patients an alternative that is based more on the science of hair growth than other treatment options.
PRP utilizes your body’s own ability to regenerate cells to help stimulate hair growth. This is done by drawing a blood sample in the office. Once the sample is collected, it is put through a process where it is separated into a serum (PRP). This serum contains high concentrations of growth factors, peptides, and cytokines which are important components for stimulating regeneration and hair growth.
Once the serum is collected, it is injected into the scalp, sometimes through a single needle, or it can be used with microneedling. Because this procedure is used with the patient’s own blood, there is not the same risk of infection or complication as you may find with other treatments.
Although PRP is a relatively new option for hair loss patients, various studies have shown successful results in reducing hair loss in both men and women, showing positive therapeutic effects with minimal trauma to the scalp. This is great news for those who are looking for non-invasive treatment options with real results and no gimmicks.
For most patients, results will start to be noticeable within two to three months following the treatment. At first, they may notice that they are not shedding as much hair as often. In general, it can take around six months from the initial visit to start seeing more measurable results and requires multiple sessions; for some, follow-up procedures may be recommended on a yearly basis in order to maintain the desired level of outcome.
Regardless of if your hair loss is due to genetics, stress, hormones, health conditions, medications, or a vitamin deficiency, PRP offers patients a non-invasive alternative to restore hair growth and slow hair loss so that you can regain the confidence in your appearance without having to endure risky surgical procedures or spend money on products that just are not effective.