Contributor: ……, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD
Why does Hair Loss Occur?
A thick head of hair is usually seen as a hallmark of youth and beauty. Factors such as genetics, nutrition, behavioral, contribute to hair loss, or alopecia.
Pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is common in both men and women.
In men, hair loss typically begins either near the temples and results in a receding hairline or on the crown. This results in a bald spot. In women, it’s more a general hair thinning which results in patches of baldness.
Other causes of hair loss include poor nutritional intake from behaviors like excessive dieting, an underactive thyroid, stress, infection, and more.
So, what can be done about it?
What Stimulates Hair Growth?
In the past, affected individuals resorted to ineffective home remedies like hair masks made of pounded garlic, cactus, and other herbs. Products such as Finasteride, Minoxidil (Rogaine), Saw Palmetto supplements have shown a varying success.
Today, however, there is a treatment available that has been endorsed by numerous research trials, all supporting the claim that it is effective for hair growth: PRP or Platelet-Rich-Plasma.
What is PRP for Hair Growth?
PRP for hair growth works similarly to stem cell therapy. During the treatment, a small amount of blood is extracted and spun in a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells i.e., red, white, and platelets.
Platelets are responsible for blood coagulation and clot, but they also contain many different healing properties. The platelet-rich plasma is extracted from the centrifuge and injected onto the inactive hair follicles in the scalp bald areas.
How does PRP for Hair Growth work?
The growth factors in PRP result in the formation of new blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the scalp and encourage hair growth.
PRP stimulates the hair follicles to enter an extended anagen phase, which is the period of active growth. Thus, the hair grows faster, thicker, and stronger. It is shiny and pliable instead of dry and brittle.
Research has shown that PRP significantly improves:
- the number of hair follicles and hair count
- hair strand thickness
- strengthen the hair root, and
Researches also prove that consistency and follow-up sessions are essential for maintaining good results. Usually, this would be monthly treatments for the first 3 to 4 months.
It takes 8 to 12 weeks for the results to manifest, but progress evaluated done every session. Naturally, the frequency of these follow-up treatments will depend on the patient’s reaction to PRP, but follow-up is necessary for maintaining the stimulation of the follicles and prevent new hair loss.
An estimate of 75% of male and female pattern baldness patients is satisfied with the treatment.
Best of all, these promising results come with a sensible price tag – a low cost: benefit ratio – and present very few adverse effects.
At Juvly, PRP for Hair Growth is usually performed as a series of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. The procedure can be done without numbing because it is not painful.
Stop hair loss in its tracks and say hello to lustrous locks that live on your head and not on the floor!