Why You May Want to Try PRP Hair Loss Treatment Now
- Posted on: Feb 15 2022
Hair loss is a frustrating problem that can affect both men and women. Historically, people interested in addressing this biological, sometimes hereditary condition have had to consider surgical hair transplant. Today, we have a much less invasive, much more natural way to stimulate more robust hair growth in an area where the cycle has been interrupted. Here, we discuss how PRP hair restoration works and its proven success in clinical studies. Armed with information, you are better equipped to decide for yourself if this innovative hair loss treatment may be ideal for you.
What Is PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This is the substance in the blood that is rich in platelets and growth factors. Using simple techniques, it is easy to obtain PRP. We perform a blood draw from the arm just like would be done in a lab or doctor’s office. The blood that we draw is then spun in a special machine called a centrifuge. This spins at high velocity and separates the platelet-rich plasma from other blood products. The plasma is a clear or slightly yellowish-colored substance that is placed into sterile syringes and injected into the area of treatment. In this instance, that is the scalp.
How the Procedure Works
When PRP is injected beneath the skin, including the scalp, it stimulates the action of growth factors. These natural substances are necessary for the production of collagen, and they also may activate the dermal papilla cells that are involved in regulating the hair growth cycle. Platelet-rich plasma may increase the circulation to the hair follicles, as well, which translates into more active hair growth and stronger, denser hair in the treatment area.
Clinical case studies demonstrate the safety and efficacy of PRP hair loss treatments. Overall, the vast majority of people who have undergone this method of hair restoration have been happy with the improvements achieved in the thickness, fullness, growth, and strength of their hair. This is equally true for women and men, provided that they are good candidates for treatment. Before recommending PRP for hair loss, the doctor performs a comprehensive medical history and examination to confirm that the hair follicles and the body will be receptive to the actions of platelet-rich plasma.
In one clinical study, affected women received PRP injections in one area of the scalp and placebo injections in another area. The PRP-treated area showed marked improvement in hair growth and diameter. In another study that included seven men and three women, PRP injections resulted in a 27.5% to 31.3% increase in hair growth and diameter, respectively.
Hair loss can have a detrimental effect on self-confidence and overall satisfaction with your appearance. Make this the year your hair growth improves. Contact American Dermatology in Sarasota at (941) 379-6647 to schedule your consultation for PRP hair restoration.
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