If you’re suffering from thinning hair, baldness, or hair loss, have you considered Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments? If you are or know someone who is, read on to see if PRP treatments can be part of the solution.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, tens of millions of people in the United States experience hair loss.
Because hair loss suffering can have such a detrimental effect on the quality of life, there’s pressure to find new treatment options that are safe, less invasive, and effective. PRP therapy has some benefits compared to more traditional treatment, including minimal discomfort and little to no downtime following treatment.
High satisfaction from hair loss patients, including those with hereditary hair thinning and baldness, has been reported. However, it is essential to work with a board-certified dermatologist to identify if you are a candidate for platelet-rich plasma treatments. PRP does not work for everyone who experiences thinning hair or hair loss.
What does PRP have to do with Hair Loss?
Initially used to treat injured athletes, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy helps the body rapidly heal itself using natural regeneration. PRP therapy promotes healing in injured joints and tissue damage but can also help with thinning hair!
The PRP process involves drawing a small amount of blood, separating the platelet-rich plasma from whole blood, and injecting your platelets back into your body at the affected area—in this case, thinning hair follicles.
With a short downtime and potentially immediate improvement for other dermatological treatments, it’s no wonder why dermatologists are researching the new treatment for male or female pattern baldness.
Compared to other options, PRP presents a less problematic therapy. For instance, two currently FDA-approved medications for treating hair loss are finasteride and minoxidil.
The patient must take these drugs consistently, and the results are inconsistent. Moreover, the occasional side effects may include dryness, inching on the scalp, and sexual dysfunction in men.
As satisfaction and quality of life are important factors for treating hair loss patients, PRP is a welcomed new solution.
New Use Cases for PRP are Growing More than Your Thinning Hair
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy already has a multitude of medical and dermatological uses. This list is ever-growing, highlighting the minimally invasive and rapid recovery associated. Common uses include:
- Hair Growth on Your Head
- Reduce Wrinkles
- Tighten Sagging Skin
- Diminish Acne Scars
- Improve Complexion
Talk to Your Dermatologist
Your hair is a significant part of your identity. When changes occur, such as hair loss, baldness, or thinning hair, it can have a detrimental effect on life. Aging is not the only cause of hair loss. A board-certified dermatologist can help determine the source of your hair loss and recommend a treatment plan.
At Dilworth Dermatology and Laser, we offer various treatment plans, including Platelet-Rich Plasma, for hair loss. Give us a call and schedule your appointment today.