Hair loss and thinning occurs naturally as a part of the natural aging process in both men and women, and the degree of loss can vary dramatically from one person to another. For most people, hair loss causes considerable anxiety as well as a loss of self-confidence that can have a major effect on the way you feel about yourself and about life in general.
While surgery and medications have been used to treat hair loss in both men and women, both approaches have risks, and surgery is also associated with significant scarring in both the treatment area and the donor site.
Fortunately, recent scientific advances have resulted in a new approach that taps into the body’s natural cell healing and regeneration processes to stimulate the regrowth of hair without resorting to surgery or long-term use of potentially-harmful medications. It’s called PRP hair restoration, and it can provide significant benefits for many patients seeking to regrow their own, natural hair.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a product derived from your own blood. Platelets are components of blood that contain growth factors, special substances that play an important role in cell regeneration and healing. In recent years, researchers have found PRP to be very beneficial to promote optimal healing during and after surgery as well as in other treatments, including the now-famous “vampire facelift.” In all these applications, the growth factors and other components of platelets stimulate the regeneration of healthy cells in and around the injection site. When using PRP for hair loss, the aim is to use those growth factors to stimulate inactive follicles to enter an active phase associated with new hair growth.
How does PRP hair restoration work?
PRP hair therapy begins by taking a sample of the patient’s blood, which is placed in a special device for processing. The device separates the platelets from the blood then concentrates them before reintroducing them to the remaining blood sample and reinjecting the blood into the treatment area. The blood that is reinjected contains at least five times as many platelets as normal blood to help stimulate the healing and regeneration processes necessary for hair regrowth. No sedation is required during treatment, and there is no downtime, which means patients can drive and perform other activities immediately after their treatment. Most patients benefit from occasional retreatments to ensure follicles remain active.
How effective is PRP treatment for hair growth?
Research surrounding the use of PRP for hair loss is still in its early stages, and it’s important to know that the results of the therapy can vary from one patient to another. Preliminary studies support the beneficial use of PRP therapy in hair regrowth treatments, but definitive data is still being gathered.
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Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine is a leader in innovative treatments including PRP treatment for hair growth. Each treatment session begins with a careful evaluation of the patient’s individual needs and goals to ensure the best possible results. If you’re suffering from hair loss or hair thinning, call Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine today and schedule a consultation appointment to learn more.