Whether it’s genetic, due to an underlying medical disorder, dietary deficiency, stress, or simply poor hair care; hair loss is a major concern these days.
In a world of so many hair loss treatment options, PRP is becoming increasing popular as celebrities and physicians are using it more and more to improve hair density and reverse the impact of thinning hair.
Platelet Rich Plasma has already been used for many years by sportsmen like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal to treat chronic injuries and sprains. But now PRP therapy has been shown success in the hair loss arena as well. Let us throw some light on what the therapy is and how it can help.
PRP, platelet rich plasma, autologous platelet gel, platelet concentrate (PC) and plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) are all names for an extremely effective and therapeutic option that has long been used to encourage healing of muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.
You’ve heard the name PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, but what is it? It’s a product of your very own blood and is critical to blood clotting.
Blood contains the major components;
To explain, the term ‘platelet rich plasma’ means blood plasma richer in platelets as compared to normal/usual blood, which naturally makes it richer in growth factors by 5-10 times. Healthy blood has cell ratios of around 6% platelets; however platelet rich plasma has a concentration of 94%.
Platelets play a key role in hemostasis and are a natural source of growth factors . Here’s the list;
Bottom line: PRP is the autologous blood with above-baseline concentration of platelets as well as at least seven growth factors (responsible for the PRP therapeutic effect).
Growth factors have been in discussion since 1900’s, with the PRP therapy’s use reported as early as 1970’s. Around the year 2000, the treatment extended to orthopedics, with the first ever successful human study claiming a positive role of PRP in chronic tendon issues.
With advancement in technology and smaller more portable machines available, physicians can now create a PRP from a small sample of patient’s blood. Further clinical studies are now being conducted to establish the role of therapy in various aspects.
One such study reported a significant reduction in hair loss in a team of eleven patients suffering from androgenic alopecia related hair loss resistant to treatment with minoxidil and finasteride. After the fourth session, 9 out of 11 patients showed improvement in hair growth.
The procedure of using PRP for hair loss is as simple. The 20- minute procedure involving the following steps results has shown excellent results for thousands of patients;
Bottom line: the treatment has a lack of adverse reactions and totally natural looking results.
Apart from the factors mentioned, platelets tend to secrete/release a number of substances that also aid in wound healing and other regenerative processes. The growth factors activate stem cells in the bulge area of follicles, encourage the growth of existing hair, as well as the encourage the formation of microvascular networks improving circulation and eventually providing with the nutrients required for hair growth.
YES, PRP has shown promise for hair loss, but clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of the therapy in several other aspects,such as:
PRP therapy for hair loss has gained immense popularity recently due to the following benefits:
Typically 2-3 sessions are performed in the desired area within the 4- 6 months. Then booster treatments are performed every six months to one year thereafter. Other hair loss treatment therapies like LLLT, minoxidil, nutritional supplements can be added for even better results.
For individuals with less than ten years of hair loss or those who have thinning hair from androgenic alopecia, are going to be the best candidates. (male pattern baldness) .
To learn more and to find out if you are a candidate for PRP for Hair LossTreatment, call Advanced Trichology at 480-222-4247 for your free consultation.
Advanced Trichology offers the latest in PRP for hair loss along with Low-Level Laser Therapy for maximum results. All PRP procedures are performed by Dr. Brooke Blumetti DO, Board Certified Dermatologist.
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