Thinning hair in men has long been recognized as an unwanted but frequent component of the aging process. However, many people don’t realize that 80% of women over the age of 60 experience significant hair loss as well. Thinning hair in women can cause a great deal of emotional stress. In addition, the techniques women use to cope with thinning hair like wigs, weaves, hats and frequent trips to the hair salon can be a financial strain. Thankfully, a new procedure is now available that can actually reverse the effects of hair loss. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural hair restoration procedure for women and men with mild to moderate hair loss. PRP uses the person’s own plasma to stimulate collagen and hair growth, which can result in a 39% increase in hair thickness. The procedure is done in the office and can be accomplished in as little as 45 minutes to an hour! You can return to work or your daily activities immediately after.
The three-step procedure is as follows:
- Your blood is drawn. The blood is placed in a centrifuge and is spun down to separate the cells and the fluids.
- The blood is then separated into three layers; platelet poor plasma, platelet rich plasma (PRP!) and cells.
- The platelet rich plasma (PRP) is injected very superficially into the areas of the scalp where the hair is thinning.
Three treatments are performed initially at onemonth intervals. Typically, individuals experience a 19% increase in hair thickness during these first three months with maximum effect at 6 months. Hair growth can continue for over a year with most individuals requiring single maintenance sessions every 4-6 months. PRP is a minimally invasive, safe, effective procedure to restore hair volume with no down time, making it a great solution to hair loss for many women (and men)!
-Dr. Tara Wegryn