It’s normal to feel self-conscious about bald spots and hair thinning, but you’re not alone. More than 35 million men experience hair loss. However, men aren’t the only ones who deal with this condition; more than 21 million women suffer from the condition as well. Women tend to notice thinning around the area where a ponytail is secured, as well as gradual thinning along the hairline of the forehead and central scalp. In both men and women, the incidence of hair loss and thinning increases with age.
Luckily there are promising innovative treatments that address and even reverse hair loss and thinning. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology uses the innovative treatment PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy to help restore hair. This proven method has shown to improve hair growth by as much as 30% in a published study.
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy uses the healing power of the patient’s own plasma to stimulate and maintain hair growth. Since the patient is using his or her own plasma, the therapy tends to be more readily accepted by the body and infections and allergic reactions are rare, making it a well-tolerated and effective hair growth option
HOW DOES PRP WORK FOR HAIR LOSS?
Platelet-rich plasma is full of nutrients and proteins that can improve hair density. PRP uses the nutritionally-dense layer of plasma to improve blood supply to the scalp, increase the thickness of the top layer of skin, and create a healthier environment that fosters hair growth. Research shows that platelet concentration is increased anywhere from 300% to 700% and then injected into the affected areas.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ARRIVING FOR TREATMENT?
PRP is a simple, three-step procedure. First, the doctor will draw a sample of your blood. Second, the sample is placed in a centrifuge for 10 minutes or so. The centrifuge separates the fluids in your blood into three layers. The most important layer is the platelet-rich plasma; after all, that’s what will be used for the therapy. The other two layers are platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells.
In the third and final step, the doctor will clean and apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Then, one of our expert injectors will inject the platelet-rich plasma into the targeted areas of the scalp where there is hair loss or thinning. On average, patients generally receive five- to seven- milliliters of plasma per treatment.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM PRP TREATMENT?
Results depend on a variety of factors, including the severity and cause of the hair loss and thinning and other treatments you’re receiving. Typically, patients begin to see results just a few weeks following PRP therapy. However, it often takes at least six months to see noticeable growth. For best results, it’s recommended you receive four treatments carried out over a one-year period.