Although you might not want hair on your arms and legs, you will almost certainly always want a head full of hair. While some people are blessed with beautiful hair that is strong and long, there are some people who start to lose hair at a very young age. There are several factors that lead to hair loss, and these can vary from improper hair care methods to bad eating habits and medical conditions.
When you start seeing a lot more hair on your pillow or on your towel, you might guess that you have a hair loss problem, but in order to gauge how elaborate the condition is and what exactly is causing it, you will have to see a specialist.
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If your hair loss has just started and you are noticing a slight thinning or a receding of the hairline, you might still be in luck. You may get your hair back with simple methods as there are different causes of hair lose like iron deficiency etc., and different types of hair loss. While it might be easy to jump to the conclusion that you are ready for a hair transplant, the truth is that not everyone is meant for a transplant.
More importantly, there are several other methods, mostly non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, which could help reduce hair loss and even initiate new hair growth. An incredibly popular and effective method of reducing hair loss and increasing hair growth naturally, is PRP injections, which is also called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. When you start to see the first signs of hair loss – an overall thinning, loss of volume and perhaps a little more of your scalp than you would care to see, it might be time to consider PRP for hair loss treatment.
Schedule an appointment with a specialist and after examining your scalp and hair, they should be able to tell you whether you are an ideal candidate for a PRP treatment or not. In most cases, there are only a rare few who are not suited for this procedure, because the procedure involves blood taken from your own body.
In order to understand how PRP works to help with hair growth, it is important to understand the role that platelets play in our body and healing it from within:
- Human blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The platelets are like the first responders on a wound – as soon as you have a cut or a wound, the platelets come rushing in to not only stop the bleeding, but also initiate the first stages of healing.
- Studies have shown that when platelets are concentrated, and injected into a particular part of the body, the healing in that part of the body is accelerated. This is why PRP has become extremely popular in the world of athletics and sports, because it can speed up the recovery process after an injury.
The same concept is now being used in the world of hair restoration treatment – when PRP is administered directly into the scalp, it can help with hair growth. The PRP that is used for hair restoration will have a combination of protein as well as growth factors, added to platelets that are concentrated three to five times.
Now, let’s move on to how PRP works:
- The procedure can help attract stem cells and those will help accelerate hair growth
- The serum that is created for PRP has several growth factors and proteins added, which can speed up tissue repair, in a natural manner
- Because the procedure increases the blood circulation to the hair follicles, it can help improve hair growth
- The procedure is also a healing one, which means that it can help reduce any and all kinds of inflammation, which could have been leading to hair loss
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How the PRP Treatment’s procedures work:
At the end of the day, this is a set of medical procedures, which means that there is a high amount of precision involved.
First, about 30cc of your blood will be collected from a vein, pretty much like a routine blood test. This blood will be stored in a special container, because this container needs to fit inside a centrifuge. Inside the centrifuge, the blood will be spun around for around 15 minutes. When the spinning has stopped, the various components of the blood will have been separated and the platelets can now be collected.
These platelets are then combined with proteins and other growth factors, creating something like a super serum. This serum will then be injected directly into the scalp. It is important that the injections be made at the hair follicle level, allowing for proper absorption. These injections will have to be spread out, all over the scalp and the spacing needs to be approximately half an inch apart.
For most people, the procedure is over and done with in about 30 minutes and because there is almost no downtime, people are able to return to their routine, almost immediately. It would be a good idea to take a warm shower, post procedure, because the temperature of the water will help increase the blood circulation through the scalp. However, you will be asked to avoid any heat based styling tools, such as hair dryers and straighteners for a few days.
Although the session spacing will vary from person to person, in general, each session will be around 6 to 8 weeks apart and most people need a minimum of 4 sessions to start seeing real results. Your doctor might suggest maintenance sessions, once or twice a year.
PRP can work for almost anyone who is facing hair loss – whether it is hair loss due to pollution or something more severe, such as androgenetic alopecia. And what is great about PRP therapy is that it is not gender specific – it works just as well for men and women! As long as consistency is maintained, the results should start becoming visible within a few months. Eventually, hair will become thicker, the hair shedding will reduce and there will be an increase in the hair length as well.
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