Millions around the world are plagued by the problem of hair loss. Its potential causes include stress, lifestyle, genetics, hormonal disorders, and conditions such as alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease) and scalp infections due to ringworms.
Whatever the reason, severe hair loss and bald patches don’t do great things for a person’s confidence. Thankfully, science and technology have offered us a number of solutions to battle this issue. There’s medication, hair-transplant surgery, and PRP hair restoration, the newest cutting-edge treatment for hair loss.
What Is PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP hair restoration is a treatment that involves the use of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. PRP is generally known for its property of healing wounds and is widely used to treat a number of musculoskeletal problems, such as injured muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Due to its amazing healing properties, PRP also happens to be an extremely useful treatment for hair follicles. It increases the blood supply to the follicles, thereby promoting hair growth and adding to the thickness of the hair shaft, leading to hair with stronger roots.
Where Does PRP Come From?
The platelet-rich plasma actually comes from the person being treated for hair loss. Since the plasma that is used for treatment is your own, there is no risk of infection.
The entire treatment is typically a three-step process.
1. The practitioner draws blood from the patient.
2. The blood is put in a device called a centrifuge, which spins rapidly to separate liquids of differing densities. The centrifuge separates the blood into three sections: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is extracted.
3. The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp in the areas that are bare or patchy in order to provide increased hair growth.
Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?
There has been a lot of curiosity regarding the effectiveness of this treatment. Those using it may also be using medicines and other therapies, and many feel that the results of increased hair growth could be attributed to this mix.
However, the theoretical evidence of PRP therapy, along with its successful results from use in treating musculoskeletal issues, shows that the increased blood flow in affected regions can indeed lead to favorable results.
In the case of hair restoration, the increased blood flow to the follicles caused by the injection of the platelet-rich plasma helps strengthen the follicles and fills them with new life to restore hair growth. The wider hair shafts allow the new hair to find a stronger root, thereby preventing breakage and promoting lasting hair growth.
How Long Does PRP Therapy Take?
The therapy treatment is conducted over a period of four to six weeks, during which around three treatment sessions take place. After this, the patient is required to come in for a maintenance treatment every four to six months. The results that each patient sees depend on their body’s healing capacity.
Get the Full Head of Hair You Deserve
PRP hair restoration is revolutionizing the world of hair restoration with its easy three-step process and increased hair growth. To find out more for yourself, contact the office of double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Somenek for a consultation.