Hair loss can affect both men and women and is actually far more common than you might realize. Around 80 million people deal with alopecia — the medical term for hair loss — in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Alopecia causes unsightly bald patches to appear and excessive thinning of the hair.
There are a few causes of hair loss, and it isn’t always aging, either. Common reasons for alopecia include:
Hair loss can be an embarrassing problem that can not only dampen your self-confidence and esteem but can also lead to stress and depression.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is what we use to treat hair loss here at The Beauty Medics because it’s such an effective yet entirely natural treatment. PRP contains essential proteins known as growth factors that naturally stimulate the hair to start growing again by targeting the damaged hair follicles.
The great thing is that PRP is in your own blood, and that’s what Dr. Bokhari and his team will use here to treat your hair loss. Your blood has two key components, red blood cells and plasma, and the plasma contains the platelets we use to stimulate hair growth and reverse any balding.
If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’ll be delighted to hear that numerous scientific studies have found PRP therapy to be effective in treating hair loss. A peer review of 14 published studies found that treatment with PRP is effective in promoting lost hair regrowth, decreasing hair loss and increasing the thickness of the hair.
We’ll withdraw some blood from a vein in your arm here in the office and use a centrifuge to spin it down and separate the red blood cells from the plasma. We inject these platelet-rich plasma cells into your scalp, where the PRP is needed most.
You’ll receive several injections, approximately one injection for each half inch of the affected area. The entire process takes around 30 minutes, making it a fast treatment with minimal discomfort, and no downtime needed to recover afterward.
It takes about a half-dozen cycles of treatment for the full benefits of PRP therapy to emerge, with sessions coming once a month. Six months later, your treatment is complete with visible hair growth and thickness, although individual results may vary. We suggest maintenance visits every 3-6 months to keep your hair looking great through additional stimulation to the hair follicles.
Anyone experiencing hair loss is a good candidate for treatment with PRP therapy, although those in the early stages tend to see better results. PRP therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatment methods, such as medication, microneedling and even hair transplant surgery.
If you’re fed up with lost or thinning hair, and you want to discover more about PRP therapy with Dr. Bokhari, contact us today by completing our online form, and we’ll be in touch soon.