New Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment
Dealing with hair loss can be extremely frustrating. Many hair loss treatments use chemicals or can even require surgery. But a safe, new and natural way to treat pattern hair loss has arrived! The new hair loss treatment method is called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, and it’s showing promising results. Using growth factors in your own blood, PRP injections help to naturally stimulate hair growth. Dermatologists have been successfully using PRP for acne scars, as the growth factors help stimulate and regenerate collagen and elastin growth. When injected into the skin, PRP can help accelerate tissue repair and wound healing. Many athletes, including basketball player Kobe Bryant, have turned to PRP injections to help them heal their injuries.
How PRP for hair loss works
The patient’s own blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge that extracts the platelets containing the growth factors. This is why PRP is sometimes referred to as the “Vampire Facial.” When injected into the scalp, those growth factors get to work and help increase hair count and density. ”We are excited to see our patients enjoy the beautiful results they receive from PRP injections for hair loss,” says Dr. Eric Schweiger. “It’s becoming a top treatment in our offices for those seeking a natural alternative to other hair loss treatments.” There are many more invasive and expensive treatments for hair loss that don’t appeal to much of the population, plus many over the counter hair loss solutions involve smelly chemicals and just don’t work. PRP injections are proving to be a very exciting non-surgical option for those–males and females–dealing with hair loss. Clinical studies are showing that PRP injections have a positive and therapeutic effect on both male and female hair loss without any major side effects.
PRP as a Female Hair Loss Treatment
According to an article in The New York Times on hair loss treatments for women, PRP injections have shown promising results on females dealing with hair loss. While men are also relying on PRP for hair loss, women are typically not candidates for hair transplant surgery, since they lose their hair all over the head as opposed to just one area like men. As such, there’s been a huge uptick in women seeking out PRP injections to treat their hair loss. Additionally, women can respond better to P.R.P. due to the fact that women with genetic hair loss “tend to have more inflammatory cells around the follicles.” The best candidates for PRP injections for hair loss have thinning hair, but not areas of complete baldness. PRP injections can either be used alone or as an adjunct therapy to other methods of hair restoration.
To discuss if PRP injections as a hair loss treatment is right for you, book an appointment with a hair loss specialist at Schweiger Dermatology Group