Hair loss is a common problem that affects a large percentage of men. Women can also notice persistent, diffuse thinning of their hair that allows their scalp to show. Regardless of gender or age, hair loss can be a frustrating problem. Interestingly, research is showing that the key to hair growth may be held by each individual. Here, we discuss the potential that PRP holds to help reverse the hair loss process.
PRP is the common name for platelet-rich plasma. The substance is derived from the blood and has been used therapeutically for decades. Doctors have used platelet-rich plasma to treat musculoskeletal conditions and, in recent years, have begun applying it to the skin to stimulate natural rejuvenation. Now, PRP is showing promise as a viable hair loss solution.
The blood consists of red and white blood cells and plasma. Platelets live in the colorless plasma, and are involved in cell growth and regeneration. They assist with these processes via their rich concentration of growth factors. In the area of hair loss, or hair growth, we should say, the platelets in blood plasma are believed to stimulate a special army of cells called dermal papilla to assist with hair follicle activity.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are performed in the office. This nonsurgical procedure involves a blood draw that is just like you would get during a routine physical with your general doctor. We then take the vial of blood, though, and place it in a centrifuge machine that spins at high speed. The spinning of the vial of blood separates the colorless plasma from red blood cells. More importantly, it creates a substance rich with nutrients and growth factors that are then injected into the scalp where hair growth has diminished. The process takes less than an hour.
Hair loss doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that occurs over many years. Likewise, it is a process to continually stimulate hair follicles to work properly. Choosing PRP hair restoration involves a commitment to a series of treatments and, after that, periodic touch ups if needed to prevent hair follicles from entering prolonged dormancy.
Learn more about PRP hair restoration treatment now to regain fuller, thicker hair. Contact our Teaneck, NJ dermatology center at 201.836.9696 to schedule your consultation.