New Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a brand new form of non-surgical hair loss treatment that is showing promising results. Dealing with hair loss can be extremely frustrating.
Many hair loss treatments use chemicals or can even require surgery. But PRP is a safe, new, and natural way to treat pattern hair loss.
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.
PRP for Hair Loss
When PRP is used for hair loss treatment, the patient’s own blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge that extracts the platelets containing the growth factors. 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 treatments for hair loss that don’t appeal to much of the population. This may be because they tend to be very expensive, and therefore, not as accessible as PRP. Additionally, many over-the-counter (OTC) hair loss solutions involve smelly chemicals and just don’t work.
PRP injections are proving to be a very exciting non-surgical option for both men and women 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.
Risks with PRP Treatment
During your consultation with your dermatologist, you will be asked for your medical history and a list of all current medications. Your doctor will evaluate the risks of PRP treatment for hair loss if you:
- Are on blood thinners
- Are a heavy smoker
- Have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
You can still opt to get PRP treatment but it might not work as well and you might experience more bleeding during the procedure.
PRP As A Hair Loss Treatment For Women
According to an article in The New York Times on hair loss treatments for women, PRP injections have shown promising results in women 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.
We have seen a huge uptick in women seeking out PRP injections to treat their hair loss. Additionally, women can respond better to PRP 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 together with other methods of hair restoration.