If you’re starting to stress about thinning hair or premature baldness, you’ll be glad to know that growth factors in your own blood may be an effective treatment. This article will teach you more about hair loss treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The team of regenerative medicine experts at Metroderm DC, located in Washington, DC, Todd E. Perkins, MD, Edward H. Stolar, MD, and their team offer PRP therapy for new and existing patients. We can advise you on whether PRP therapy could be the answer to your hair loss. Here’s what you need to know about PRP and regrowing lost hair.
Your blood contains natural healing factors that keep your whole body in good repair. Whenever you experience an injury, the platelets in your blood immediately get to work regenerating tissue and bone cells. Platelets are one of the basic building blocks of your biological healing capability.
In PRP therapy, we concentrate the platelets from a sample of your own blood, intensifying your natural healing abilities with a targeted injection treatment. After taking a blood sample the same way we would for any blood testing procedure, we run it through a high-speed centrifuge, separating and concentrating the platelet-rich plasma from red and white blood cells.
Then, we deliver your PRP therapy as one or more targeted injections, treating the area or areas on your scalp where your hair loss is most advanced. The PRP stimulates your hair follicles, potentially triggering new hair growth. Your whole PRP therapy appointment only takes about an hour, and you don’t need to plan on any downtime after treatment.
Many fields of medicine have relied on PRP for decades, including surgical and sports medicine. We’re still learning more about the applications of PRP, and recent studies have shown PRP to have promise as a treatment for hair loss.
PRP therapy typically works best for people dealing with hair loss as a result of androgenic alopecia, better known as male pattern baldness. Because this type of hair loss occurs due to shrinkage of hair follicles, PRP stimulation is often successful in triggering hair regrowth. PRP therapy can also be used to address other types of hair loss or thinning.
While PRP can stimulate new hair growth, PRP therapy doesn’t address the underlying cause of your hair loss. That’s why you are likely to need multiple, regularly-spaced treatment sessions to maintain your hair regrowth results, typically every 3-6 months.
To learn more about how PRP therapy could help you reverse your hair loss this summer, get in touch with the experts at Metroderm DC now. We can advise you on whether PRP treatment could be effective for your condition and determine if you could be a good candidate for this type of regenerative therapy.
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