PRP for Hair Loss
Hair restoration with PRP is a natural and safe treatment for thinning hair. It has proved to be more effective than most topical products on the market and gives people a solution to avoid hair transplant surgery. Losing hair can be a major blow to your self-esteem and how others treat you. A thick head of hair is a sign of health and vitality. Both men and women suffer from hair loss. In fact, 85% of all men by age 50 have hair loss; and over 30 million women in America are affected by alopecia. Is it genetics, hormones, stress, heavy metals?
Before you buzz it all off, buy a wig, or just wear a hat, consider the potential with PRP injections for hair growth. Platelet Rich Plasma for hair is a safe, effective, and natural solution for hair loss. PRP is one of the tools used in regenerative medicine that releases growth factors directly to hair follicles. This stimulates hair cycle growth, promotes new blood vessel growth, and thickens miniaturized hair follicles. PRP hair restoration treatments have great results for men and women alike, with fine, thinning, or receding hairlines.
How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?
We have about 100,000 hairs on our head and with normal shedding, we lose about 100 hairs every day. If you are having more shedding than normal, this can indicate an array of medical concerns. Most people tend to lose about 25% of the hair on our heads before we even notice there is a problem. This is a very slow and gradual process. Before going directly to PRP injections for hair loss restoration, a thorough analysis of your health history must be obtained.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Most hair loss is due to genetics and hormones. That old wives tale of “hair loss runs on the mother’s side of the family” is not entirely true. Sensitivity to DHT or dihydrotestosterone is the predominant cause of hair follicle miniaturization and receding hairlines. Men lose hair in a few different patterns characterized by A, O, or M shapes, while women tend to lose hair more diffusely from the center outward (see figure). On the other hand, if you notice patches or clumps of hair falling out at once, please see a doctor immediately as this is a sign of an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata. PRP contains more than 20 different types of growth factors. Of which, TGF-B1, PDGF, and VEGF are most significant for promoting the growth of hair follicles and activating the dermal papilla (location of hair stem cells)
Does PRP Work for Hair Loss?
Absolutely! PRP contains more than 20 different types of growth factors. Most significant are TGF-B1, PDGF, and VEGF that promote the growth of hair follicles and activating the dermal papilla (location of hair stem cells). Once injected into the scalp, the growth factors are released from the platelets and get to work within hours. It is important to leave the scalp alone to keep the growth factors in the area treated. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided for at least 3 days after the procedure.
How Many PRP Hair Treatments Are Needed?
For best results, a series of 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart are done and follow up treatments for maintenance are 3-6 months apart depending on your individual results and how much hair loss you originally had.
Is PRP Covered By Insurance?
PRP treatments, in this case for hair loss restoration, are relatively new in medicine and insurance does not typically cover these procedures. Your average cost can vary between $600-$2000 per treatment depending upon how much PRP is needed to treat the area of concern.