Male pattern baldness (and female pattern hair loss) can be isolating, even when we know it is common. In fact, millions of men and women suffer from hair loss. But knowing this doesn’t help when you feel its effects.
You may have tried over-the-counter products or considered hair restoration surgery. But did you know there was another option? Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that is showing impressive hair regrowth results.
Many people haven’t heard about this breakthrough treatment as it is a relatively new option in the world of hair restoration. We are here to help you find out whether you should consider PRP for your hair loss.
What is PRP for Hair Loss?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is being used in regenerative medicine for a variety of applications. This includes treatment for wound healing and chronic joint pain to skin rejuvenation, just to name a few. It has recently been applied to hair loss, with promising results.
PRP is derived from a relatively simple in-office process. Your treatment provider takes a small amount of your blood and runs it through a machine called a centrifuge, which separates it into several layers. One layer is composed of Platelet-Rich Plasma. This solution is incredibly beneficial. It contains bioactive molecules and growth factors that have regenerative properties, help promote healing, and restore tissues within the body.
When injected into the hair follicles, the PRP has the effect of slowing male and female pattern hair loss and, over time, stimulates new hair growth.
Does PRP Really Work for Hair Regrowth?
PRP is a comparatively new treatment when it comes to hair loss and is still being studied. However, results are extremely promising, with many patients showing noticeable improvement. While PRP will not totally reverse hair loss, it can greatly improve the appearance and thickness of hair. The best results have been shown in those with thinning hair or who are exhibiting the early symptoms of male and female pattern baldness.
PRP vs. Topical Hair Loss Treatments
There are a couple of FDA-approved medications for hair loss that show effectiveness in many patients. These treatments must be maintained over time with frequent long-term use. Some patients experience side effects such as dry or itchy scalp.
PRP stimulates your body’s own natural restorative mechanisms. Although maintenance is still required with PRP therapy, the results appear to be better and last longer than topical treatments.
PRP vs. Hair Transplant
Hair transplant surgery is accepted as being an effective treatment for hair loss. Donor skin and hair follicles are surgically taken from one area and transplanted to the thinning areas. Comparatively speaking, this surgical procedure is more invasive and carries more risks, a potential for scars, more recovery time, and a higher upfront cost.
While hair loss surgery can have more dramatic results than PRP, not everyone is a candidate. PRP is potentially an excellent option for patients who may not be compatible with surgery or for those who want a chance for significant hair regrowth without such a drastic procedure.
Are You a Candidate for PRP?
Most people are good candidates for this treatment. However, only your provider can tell you if PRP is a good option for you. PRP is not recommended for patients with thyroid disease or lupus, those on blood thinners, or those whose hair loss is not recent.
If hair loss is negatively affecting your self-confidence or quality of life, schedule a consultation appointment with Hinsdale Vein & Laser. Together, we can review your unique concerns and your medical history and determine if Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a good fit for you.