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Hair Loss: Steps to Take When You First Notice

You’re standing in the mirror and suddenly you realize, you’ve got a little less hair up there. Genetic hair loss is all too familiar—affecting approximately 80 million individuals in America alone. Although it’s a widespread concern for both men and women, there are aesthetic procedures to alter its effects. 

Cosmetic medicine has some moderately effective solutions for staving off balding or thinning hair, including messy lotions, medications with side effects, or surgical transplants. However, there is a trending treatment that is getting rave reviews among its patients. This solution is known as platelet-rich plasma treatment or PRP and should be considered when noticing hair loss.  

What Is PRP?

Platelets and plasma are two elements that make up the blood that courses throughout our bodies. These blood compounds are found right alongside our red and white blood cells. Each blood component has a specific purpose. The red blood cells transport oxygen, the white blood cells help the immune system, and platelets cause the blood to clot after a cut.

The final component is the largest. Plasma makes up more than half our blood, carrying hormones, proteins, and nutrients to various cells for healing purposes. It maintains our blood pressure and volume and helps dispel cell waste. 

PRP is created by separating these components to produce what the name indicates, a plasma solution that is rich in platelets. 

This concentrated plasma solution is the foundation for an effective injectable treatment that fights hair loss. 

How Does PRP Treat Hair Loss?

With the body operating more efficiently when there is better blood flow, PRP can help the patient regain hair fullness with a three-step treatment protocol which involves:

Step 1:

PRP begins by extracting some of the patient’s blood. The process we use is similar to a blood draw at your doctor’s office. After drawing a small account of blood, it is placed in a centrifuge to spin and separate the fluids into different densities. 

Step 2:

After approximately ten minutes, the blood will have separated into three separate layers:

  • Red blood cells
  • Platelet-poor plasma
  • Platelet-rich plasma

The platelet-rich plasma is separated from the other blood products and is purified as part of the preparation process. 

Step 3:

The PRP is introduced to the areas of the scalp through injection. We inject PRP into areas that need an increase in hair growth and fullness. PRP injections are often paired with a micro-needling treatment, a specialized treatment that creates micro-injuries on the surface of the skin, allowing the PRP to penetrate more deeply and jumpstarting a healing response within the skin. 

Results

PRP is effective, offering real results you’ll see in both your hairline and your confidence. Our patients are embracing the benefits of this innovative and minimally invasive hair restoration treatment. They celebrate as hairlines become lower and thin areas are full once again. You may need multiple sessions depending on the severity of your hair loss. 

Your Options

If treatments like Propecia® or Rogaine® are not giving you satisfactory results, and you want to avoid transplant surgery, PRP treatment is well worth your consideration. Whether you are just now experiencing some hair loss or it has become advanced, PRP hair rejuvenation may be just what the doctor ordered for you to enjoy a full head of hair. 

Next Step

If you would like to learn more about PRP and how you can regain your youthful hairline or hair fullness, our professional team at Aria DermSpa is waiting to hear from you. Board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Lisa Donofrio provides a professional and stress-free environment for her patients and can guide you through the process in her personalized approach to aesthetic care. Contact us today to learn about how we help our patients look and feel their best.

PRP Therapy: Is This Hair Loss Treatment Right for You?

thicker hair with PRP treatments

thicker hair with PRP treatments

Over the years, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy has become an in-demand addition to a plethora of beauty procedures. But did you know that this innovative treatment can also be used to improve thinning hair and hair loss?

PRP: From Physical Therapy to Hair

Platelet-rich plasma therapy was originally developed by physicians to help accelerate the healing process for athletes following acute sports injuries or after surgery. Over the years, the technique has expanded beyond just physical therapy and post-surgical recovery into the realm of cosmetic care. Many state-of-the-art plastic surgery or cosmetic specialty clinics use the healing properties of PRP therapy to help patients recover faster and with fewer complications. Some of the cosmetic treatments PRP has been paired with include more intensive forms of facial rejuvenation and laser cosmetic treatment.

The success of PRP Therapy can be boiled down to the serum used. As its name implies, PRP is made up of human platelets – the patients’ to be specific. Compared to normal blood cells, platelets help facilitate blood clotting and contain unique proteins that help with the body’s natural recovery process. During PRP Therapy, a blood sample is taken from the patients and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. This creates an injectable containing an ultra-high concentration of the healing platelets, which can then be injected into the treatment area.

How PRP Helps with Hair Loss

For people experiencing premature balding or hair loss, the journey to a fuller head of hair is quite the challenge. Even with all the innovations in technology available in cosmetic care, options that help stimulate hair regrowth have been limited. Often, individuals facing these challenges are given two options – topical or oral treatment, either as a cream or pill; or hair transplantation. While topical solutions or pills can help regrow a person’s natural hair, patients must be prepared to maintain treatment permanently. In contrast, while more invasive hair transplantation options like micro-grafting or punch grafting offer longer-lasting results, the placement process is lengthy and invasive. Where these procedures miss the mark, PRP therapy shines.

Like other applications of PRP treatment, therapy for hair loss involves taking a blood sample from the patient and refining it down to separate out the platelets. The final injection product has been developed is then administered across the treatment area at intervals of half an inch or so. Once the platelet serum has been injected, the growth factors begin to stimulate collagen production, a key component to hair growth. The result is healthy, natural hair that can last for years.

The advantages of PRP treatment are seemingly endless. For starters, as the entire procedure is minimally invasive and uses a person’s own platelets, almost any patient is eligible to use PRP therapy for hair loss. Best results usually occur when the person starts PRP injections early into their hair loss and on patients showing signs of androgenic alopecia – where the hair starts to thin at the top of the head. Ultimately, the treatment gives patients the chance to restore their appearance and self-confidence, without having to worry about visible hair plugs or continued treatments.

Learn more from our Madison, CT Specialist

Our practice is built on the promise of providing exceptional care to all our patients. Starting with your consultation, Dr. Donofrio and her team will help you identify the best cosmetic solution for your concern. To learn more about the advantages of using PRP Therapy for your hair loss, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with our specialist today.

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