Start the New Year Off with PRP Restored Hair

If you have thinning hair, chances are that you want to do everything you can to try to stop it. Most people are a bit self-conscious about thinning hair or male-pattern baldness. Although there are drugs and lotions that claim to help, sometimes you may not get the desired results.

Your own plasma can be used to create a treatment that can restore your hair growth. It sounds a bit strange, but it actually can work for you. The providers at Genesis Family Healthcare offer this information about this relatively new procedure.

The causes of hair loss

Many things can cause hair loss, from medication side effects to stress to hereditary factors. One of the most common causes of hair loss is called androgenic alopecia, which causes the hair follicles to shrink. Although it’s most common in men, some women also suffer from androgenic alopecia as well.

Though medication side effects and stress are often factors you can resolve on your own, androgenic alopecia requires a bit more help. Over-the-counter treatments such as minoxidil (more commonly known by its brand name, Rogaine®) and the prescription drug finasteride (known by the brand names Propecia and Proscar) can work. But often the combination of minoxidil, finasteride, and PRP treatment is the trinity that’s necessary to produce real results in regrowing hair. 

How PRP works to regrow hair

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. In the procedure, we draw your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma looks white, thick, and a bit gooey. 

But the plasma is incredibly powerful and has several medical and cosmetic applications, including for stimulating hair growth. We put the plasma into syringes and then inject the plasma into your scalp, massaging it in. 

The platelets can cause hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles and the surrounding cells. Platelet-rich plasma promotes faster healing and new cellular growth, as well as accelerating the healing and regeneration process. The PRP procedure has actually been around since the 1980s for medical purposes, but only recently started being used to promote hair growth. Early studies show that it appears to be effective for hair loss, but more studies are needed.

What to expect from the procedure

Some people may find that the injection of the plasma into their scalp stings or is even a bit painful, so a topical anesthetic is available. Although it’s possible to have a reaction to the anesthetic, reactions to the injections themselves are unlikely. This is because we’re using material from your own body, making the most of your body’s ability to heal itself.

PRP works best if your hair is still in the thinning phase; it doesn’t seem to work as well if you’re already completely bald. Although the procedure is not inexpensive, it is still much cheaper than hair transplants.

The entire procedure generally takes about one hour. It typically needs to be repeated every three to six months until your hair loss begins to slow down. Side effects you may experience after the procedure include a headache, some minor bleeding on your scalp, and soreness of your scalp.

The best time to take action about hair loss is as soon as you notice that it’s starting to get thin. We can still use your body’s amazing healing powers to try to stop the hair loss process before it’s too late. If you’re interested in finding out if this is right for you, give us a call today at 423-753-4000, or request an appointment online.

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