If you’re suffering from baldness and have been looking in Philadelphia for hair transplant solutions, “PRP” might be a recent buzzword for you. The term refers to platelet-rich plasma therapy, a relatively recent treatment that shows promising results for restoring youthful hairlines to men and women of a wide age range. If you’d like to learn more, we have the answers to some of the most common questions.
What causes baldness in men and women?
Androgenic alopecia—more commonly referred to as baldness—occurs in both sexes and results from a lack of sufficient testosterone. Typically, this hormone is associated with men—men do have higher levels, but normal adults all have testosterone and the hormone plays an important role in muscle mass, sex drive and bone density. It also affects hair growth. As we age, testosterone levels naturally drop, and the signal that usually instructs hair follicles to grow gets weaker, leading to hair thinning and eventually falling out.
How does PRP work?
PRP re-stimulates hair follicles, giving them the boost that they need in the aftermath of lowered testosterone levels. The plasma itself is made up of blood plasma, the yellow fluid that makes up the bulk of blood volume, and platelets, the cells that aid in healing and coagulation. Treatment with PRP is beneficial to restoring lost hair growth because both plasma and platelets contain growth factors that encourage accelerated tissue healing and regeneration.
During a PRP treatment, the patient’s blood is drawn and the white and red blood cells are separated out in a centrifuge. Then, the PRP is injected into the scalp or sprayed into incisions. Repeat treatments of PRP show promise in their ability to restore thinning hair to youthful fullness.
What are the advantages of PRP?
PRP has a few characteristics that some patients find makes it preferable to surgical treatments, and both men and women should pursue it, if they’d like a non-surgical alternative to more invasive procedures.
Since PRP treatment is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure, there’s no need for general anesthesia, sedatives, deep incisions, stitches or long recovery times. Most patients experience only mild discomfort and can return to daily activities right away.
PRP is also unique in that it works with your body by harnessing and concentrating your body’s natural healing abilities and hair growth patterns. Since the serum comes from your own blood, it is non-toxic and there is no risk of your body rejecting it. Plus, the stimulation of natural growth patterns means that there is no risk of unnatural-looking results.
You can learn more about PRP at the Pistone Hair Restoration website.