Nearly half of all women and over 80% of men experience hair loss sometime in their life. This naturally occurring process is completely normal, but isn’t exactly something we’re all looking forward to. Luckily, hundreds of treatments (with varying degrees of success) are available to the average individual fighting against hair loss. Among the numerous methods of treating hair thinning or loss is PRP treatment.
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What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma. Your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma and serum. In certain procedures, your drawn blood is put through a centrifuge that separates these elements so that your doctor or aesthetician can use the platelets, plasma, and serum as a treatment.
When used in the face in concurrence with procedures such as microneedling, the platelets in PRP increase collagen growth and repair, which eliminates wrinkles and acts as a natural filler for your face.
How Does PRP Help Hair Loss?
The healing and stimulating properties of PRP can also be used for hair regrowth. The growth actors in PRP can stimulate the activity of the hair follicles, promote new hair growth, and amplify the body’s natural repair system when it comes to losing hair.
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PRP for Hair Loss Process
The process is minimally invasive and begins with a blood draw from the patient’s arm. After the blood is placed in the aforementioned centrifuge to separate the elements, the plasma is injected directly into the scalp. Injections are spaced every half inch or so all around the area that needs treatment.
Many patients opt for this procedure without any numbing, since the injections are very light and not too uncomfortable. The entire process of injections takes under an hour.
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Post-PRP for Hair Loss Care
Doctors recommend being gentle with your scalp and taking a warm shower in order to increase blood flow and circulation that will help encourage the collagen regrowth process. Patients should come back for this treatment once a month for several months, and continue even when results are noticeable (which usually occurs in the first few months), since it isn’t a cure but a treatment.
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