People lose their hair for many different reasons. The most common one is androgenetic alopecia, which you’ve likely heard called male pattern baldness. Women can lose hair because of androgenetic alopecia, too — but the “pattern” is different.
Regardless of your sex, losing your hair is probably an unwelcome development. At Valencia Medical Center, our highly trained experts offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to patients who want to reverse hair loss without surgery or on-going use of medications.
PRP therapy has been in use in medical settings for decades, but researchers and practitioners are discovering that it has a wide range of applications. Originally PRP therapy was used mostly to help people who were having surgery to correct ruptured or torn tendons, then it became popular as a form of regenerative medicine.
PRP therapy uses your body’s innate ability to heal. We withdraw a small amount of your blood and process it through a specialized type of centrifuge to separate the various components. Your blood includes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The liquid portion is called plasma.
Once the blood has been processed, we extract the plasma, which is full of platelets and proteins that are called growth factors. When you’re injured, platelets help your blood clot and then begin the healing process.
We inject the platelet-rich plasma into your scalp, where it can stimulate your hair follicles to begin producing hair again. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, your chances of having a negative reaction are very low.
One thing you should know before you have PRP therapy for hair loss is that it’s not an instant process and it may take a few months before you can enjoy the results. It takes time for the platelets and growth factors to do their work, and for your hair follicles to begin producing hair. You may also need multiple treatments to get optimal results.
Each person loses hair at a different rate, and the number of treatments you need depends on how much hair you’ve lost and how long it has been gone. PRP therapy generally provides better results if your hair loss has been relatively recent.
Not everyone is a good candidate for PRP therapy, even though it’s a low-risk process. If you’re a smoker, have a history of substance use disorder, or you take blood thinners, it may not be the best method of hair replacement for you.
The best way to find out if PRP therapy is right for you is to schedule an appointment at Valencia Medical Center for an evaluation. Our experts are always happy to answer your questions and suggest the best treatment for your situation.