Hair Loss Treatment
For many men and women beginning to lose their hair, or have lost it completely, going bald can often be traumatic. If you’re suffering from hair loss, you know firsthand how embarrassing and stressful it can be.
Hair loss can appear in many ways, depending on what’s causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent. Hair loss does not only affect the scalp, but it can also occur on any part of the body.
While it may seem like a sign of old age, losing your hair can be caused by many different factors, some beyond your control. While a poor diet is not known to be a cause for hair loss, life events like pregnancy, puberty, menopause, emotional trauma, and even shock loss can cause the hair to thin or fall out permanently. Illnesses and health conditions like thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia are also causes of hair loss and alopecia.
Whatever the reasons may be for losing hair, chances are you’re not feeling comfortable with the idea of becoming bald. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments that can help patients restore their hair and their confidence. One of the treatments for hair loss is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).
Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration
Hair loss can be very disappointing for both men and women leading to a decrease in self-confidence. Hair loss in women is often overlooked as it is diffuse, leading to thinning of hair over most of the female scalp. This diffuse thinning of hair occurs in many women with the natural aging process. However, both men and women can now have thicker, healthier hair with platelet-rich plasma derived from their own blood. Platelet-rich plasma, also referred to as PRP, has emerged as a simple non-surgical option to treat hair loss, especially in the early stages before one has become bald. For complete baldness, a hair transplant or hairpiece is the most effective option. However, for everyone else, PRP can stop hair loss and result in 30% more hair growth, with new hair shafts as well as thicker hair.
Benefits Of PRP Hair Restoration
- Non-surgical improvement in hair loss
- No downtime
- Virtually risk-free
- Can be combined with minoxidil and/or finasteride if desired
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used for decades in various medical disciplines such as sports medicine, orthopedics, oral surgery, and neurosurgery to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Now there are over 20 studies in medical literature demonstrating PRP’s effectiveness in stopping hair loss and improving scalp hair density.
PRP is extracted from the patient’s own blood. There is virtually no risk of any allergic reactions or side effects. Medical research has discovered several growth factors contained in platelets that are thought to help stimulate hair growth, and there are likely many more factors to be identified that revive the scalp tissues.
Here at Genevieve Beauty & Wellness, we utilize the latest systems that produce the most platelets and growth factors, as not all PRP techniques are the same.
What To Expect During My Appointment?
PRP therapy for hair loss is a medical treatment that consists in injecting the drawn platelet-rich plasma into the patient’s scalp areas which need increased hair growth (at the level of the hair follicle). The PRP injection goes across the scalp, approximately every cm, over the area of thinning hair. The process is meticulous and involves only minimal discomfort or downtime as our experts use very small needles to re-inject the plasma. As platelets are rich in growth factors, they help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair regrowth. PRP hair treatment is safe and effective for many men and women suffering from thinning hair. The entire process will take about 60 minutes. The PRP will stimulate inactive hair follicles to enter the active growth phase.
What Results Can I Expect?
The first thing that you should notice is that your hair loss should virtually cease with PRP. Then over a period of weeks, you should see thicker hair on your head. Medical studies have shown about 30% more hair growth, with generally more hair growth in women than men. This treatment can also be combined with other hair loss measures, such as LED, low-level laser, other topical treatments, minoxidil, and/or finasteride.
Who Should Have Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration?
- Anyone with thinning hair as growth factors will increase the thickness of the hair shaft.
- Any man or woman who experienced hair loss should be a good candidate but the sooner the better. Those with early hair loss as we noticed tend to respond best.
- Patient with androgenic alopecia which is genetically determined that typically occurs along the top of the head.
- Those who don’t respond to pills and lotion treatments.
- Women who see their hair thinner following the menopausal period.
- Women who notice hair loss after pregnancy or childbirth.
- Our doctors, through their consultation, will identify if you are a good candidate as this PRP treatment will not work for everyone experiencing hair loss.
What Specific Growth Factors Does Platelet Rich Plasma Restoration Stimulate?
This is a list of some of the specific growth factors within PRP that result in hair growth:
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes the growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) — a regulator of normal cell physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes the growth of matrix between cells
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes blood vessel formation
How Many Treatments Are Recommended?
We recommend a course of 3 to 5 injections, administered monthly, for a cumulative effect. Then PRP injection every 3 to 4 months on a long-term basis. Injection schedules can vary by person depending on their genetic pattern, the amount of hair loss, age, hormones, and other factors. Overall, the PRP hair treatment success rate is high.
What Can I Expect Post Treatment?
Resume normal activities immediately post-treatment. You may use any hair supplement or oral treatment for hair loss that you desire. We recommend avoiding Aspirin (ASA) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) prior to treatment and for one week post-treatment as these drugs interfere with platelet function.
Who Should Not Have A Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Treatment?
The preparation of PRP must not be administered to patients with hematologic or coagulation disorders, or to patients suffering from serious diseases such as severe metabolic disorders, cancer, or any acute infections. The administration of PRP to pregnant or lactating women or patients suffering from autoimmune diseases is not recommended. PRP for Hair Loss may not be effective if you suffer from thyroid disease or lupus, as these conditions will continue to cause hair loss. If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as efficiently. PRP promotes hair growth when follicles are present. People with extreme hair loss or non-existing follicles are generally not candidates for PRP hair treatments.
What Are The Side Effects?
Swelling and redness of the treated areas are common, although this usually occurs for only 24 hours. Some bruising is also to be expected, and it may take 1 to 2 weeks to clear completely.
Please contact us immediately if you experience any rare and/or unforeseeable side effects after your treatment.
How Much Does It Cost?
Each individual has different needs. Here at Genevieve Beauty & Wellness pricing for Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration treatment is calculated on a “vial and treatment area” basis. This means that our health care provider will need to determine the precise amount of product needed to attain your desired results.