Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is presenting many possibilities when it comes to enhancing the body’s natural rejuvenation and restoration processes. PRP therapy is also being increasingly used to correct dermatological issues and certain cosmetic concerns, such as hair thinning and loss. In fact, there’s evidence suggesting PRP can be effective for different sources of hair loss. So, are you a good candidate for PRP hair restoration?
Do You Have Detectable Hair Follicles?
Generally, PRP therapy is more likely to be effective if it is done during the early stages of hair loss. This is because PRP cannot regrow hair in areas that are completely bald or lacking any hair at all. In other words, PRP restoration is more likely to produce desirable results if there are detectable hair follicles. These conditions often exist in areas with weak hair growth where hair is visibly thinner than what’s growing in surrounding areas.
Do You Have Small Areas of Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that commonly results in hair loss on the scalp. It affects about 7 million people in the U.S. alone. Simply having this condition doesn’t mean you’re not a good candidate for PRP hair restoration. You’ll be more likely to experience regeneration, however, if you only have small areas of your scalp affected by alopecia areata.
Are You in Generally Good Health?
Another common requirement for PRP therapy for any purpose is needing to be in generally good health. Also, because PRP is delivered via an injection, it’s advised that patients do not have bleeding disorders. If you take blood-thinning medications, you may also be advised to temporarily stop taking them to reduce your risk of experiencing bleeding problems.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment?
Now that you have a better idea of whether or not PRP therapy may be right for your hair restoration needs, let’s briefly discuss what PRP hair restoration involves. Platelets have special proteins called growth factors that facilitate and stimulate healing and cell repair processes. PRP also contains substances that boost your body’s natural capabilities.
The PRP that would be used for PRP hair restoration treatment is prepared with a sample of your own blood. The collected sample is then spun at high speeds in a piece of equipment called a centrifuge. Next, the platelets are separated from other parts of the blood sample, resulting in plasma that’s highly concentrated with platelets and beneficial growth factors.
Not all hair restoration treatments are ideal for everyone dealing with hair loss or hair thinning issues. However, an experienced hair restoration expert at Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you may benefit from PRP hair restoration. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!