As we age, the rate at which our hair grows slows down. The natural slowing down of hair growth is called involutional alopecia. But there are other causes for hair loss other than the natural thinning and slowing of hair growth.
Androgenic Alopecia In Both Men And Women
The most common type of hair loss, called androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness, can cause hair loss in men as early as the teen years. Women can also experience androgenic alopecia which shows in a different thinning pattern over the entire scalp, but more often women don’t experience this hair loss until their 40’s. Although we tend to think of men more in terms of androgenic alopecia, both men and women experience it with almost equal frequency. Often, hair loss can have a dramatic psychosocial effect for people, primarily women. Men and women alike may struggle with issues of feeling unattractive and look for procedures to lessen the impact of their impending hair loss.
New Leading Edge Technology For Hair Loss
One of the most innovative procedures to deal with hair loss today is a leading edge technology known as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP. A simple, non-surgical procedure, PRP uses the plasma that is harvested from the patient’s own blood. Growth factors found inside blood cells stimulate natural hair growth. With a thin needle, the plasma is injected into the scalp which then promotes natural hair growth. Non-surgical and natural, it is the preferred form of hair loss treatment in many patients as it eliminates risks of adverse side effects such as allergic reactions and sensitivities. Since a concentrated amount of white blood cells comprise the patient’s natural PRP, infections are almost unheard of. Although PRP therapy can be used as a stand-alone therapy for hair loss, it is often used in tandem with follicle transplantation. The science behind the procedure is still in its early stages, but PRP therapy for hair loss has shown numerous successes.
Simple And Safe
With a simple and safe procedure lasting only about 60 minutes, PRP therapy can offer safe and reliable results. After the procedure, there is a quick recovery period and sometimes it is necessary to repeat the treatment until the desired effect has been achieved, depending on the patient. Our experience is that natural regrowth of hair can be seen within a period of 4 to 8 months after the procedure with volume and quality improvements within 6 to 12 months.
PRP therapy has been shown to be a feasible and cost effective treatment option of those suffering from androgenic alopecia and has shown high patient satisfaction. The best way to get information and to assess whether PRP is a good fit is with an in-person consultation. Your doctor can discuss all aspects of PRP therapy and treatment during a no-obligation consultation.