Most men and women experience thinning or receding hair and hair loss as they age. Other times, hair loss may come as a result of environmental factors like stress, or be brought on by genetics. No matter the cause, there is a natural way to combat it without compromising safety or efficacy: platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Aging- Standard aging is one of the most, if not the most common causes of hair loss. As people age, their hormone levels change and their hair follicle size decreases. They also tend to lose the ability to renew cells as readily—all of which contributes to hair thinning and loss.
Vitamin/mineral deficiencies- Those who are deficient in vitamins or minerals, most notably in biotin, iron, and zinc, may have noticeable hair loss.
Hormonal imbalances or fluctuations- Abrupt shifts in hormones or hormone imbalances may directly affect hair growth patterns. This can occur in circumstances such as pregnancy, childbirth, or thyroid dysfunction.
High levels of stress and anxiety- When an individual experiences a harrowing event or trauma, such as the death of a loved one or divorce, he or she is more likely to notice hair loss.
Genetics/hereditary reasons- Some individuals are naturally more prone to hair loss than others. This typically occurs when they have inherited genes that causes their hair follicles to shrink and to eventually stop growing hair. This condition is also known as male or female pattern baldness.
Improper hair or scalp care- Improper hair care such as excessive dyeing, heat styling, and certain hair styles can weaken hair strands over time and contribute to breakage or hair loss.
Other health conditions-Furthermore, certain health conditions such as alopecia areata, chemotherapy, or extreme weight loss may impede hair growth. In these situations, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss
This in-office treatment begins by drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood and spinning it at a high speed in a device called a centrifuge. The purpose of the centrifuge is to isolate the platelets which are suspended in the smallest final plasma volume.
In other words, there is an extremely high concentration of platelets. This platelet-rich plasma(PRP) is rich in growth factors and other necessary components that can foster repair, promote wound healing, and stimulate collagen. Therefore, when injected into the scalp, it can effectively stimulate latent hair follicles and help to regrow hair.
PRP therapy requires little to no downtime and allows patients to return to their day soon after their appointment is complete. Even better, since the treatment uses the patient’s own blood, the likelihood of experiencing unwanted side-effects or rejecting the treatment is virtually non-existent.
Are you or someone you know searching for hair restoration that does not require the use of drugs, hormones, creams, or other substances that may bring about unwanted side effects? If so, PRP may be a viable solution. Contact us today for a free consultation.