PRP Treatment For Hair Loss
Our skin is important. Not just for appearance, but for self-confidence and reassurance. We and many of our friends, like Dr. Robin Unger work with people to help them reach their self-confidence goals. Below is information regarding PRP treatment for hair loss and ways to help people receive the help they need.
If you are suffering from hair loss, then you might have been interested in getting hair restoration surgery or some other treatment that can help to prevent further loss from happening while restoring new growth. Whether or not you have come across it, PRP therapy for hair loss is quickly gaining momentum. Although PRP treatment has been around for over two decades, in the last few years, it has been used for various procedures, including to treat hair loss.
PRP therapy is available to address hair loss and restoration without having to undergo a surgical procedure. It is common for some people to feel reluctant about getting the treatment because it is considerably new. However, it has been shown to successfully treat a broad range of issues for many years, and up until recently, the treatment was very expensive. Now, thanks to ongoing research and advocacy from doctors around the world, PRP has become more popular and cost affordable.
PRP History & Usage
PRP is also known as platelet-rich plasma. It was first developed in the 1970s and has been medically used since the 1980s. The process will involve your own blood being drawn and spun in a centrifuge. In this machine, the red blood cells will be separated from the plasma. Plasma is what stops your blood from clotting. Platelets are then separated from the plasma and placed into a syringe. These are then injected into the area that is being treated. PRP is known to effectively treat back pain, arthritis, certain injuries, dull skin, and now hair loss.
PRP & Hair Growth
It is possible for PRP therapy to encourage new hair growth. The way in which it does this is through the growth factors that are naturally occurring in the platelets. These growth factors stimulate the hair follicles and encourage them to start producing new hair. In a recent trial, patients who were experiencing pattern hair loss were administered PRP therapy. The study found that most patients noticed an increase in hair growth at, and around, the site of treatment, as well as, an increase in the overall volume of the hair. No side effects were reported in the study.
Side Effects Related To PRP Treatment
PRP uses your own blood; therefore, a direct reaction to this should not be an issue. It is possible to feel discomfort around the site of the injection. Minor bleeding and bruising might also occur. In some cases, patients talk about experiencing a “full like” feeling on their scalp. This can last a day or so. In very rare cases, a headache or infection can develop. These side effects are overall very minimal and are incomparable to those that may be associated with a surgical procedure. If you are considering PRP treatment for hair loss or a hair transplant, then consider speaking with a hair loss doctor like Dr. Robin Unger to learn more.