Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): A Treatment for Male and Female Hair-Loss
Hair loss can affect anyone at any age, and in our society the lack of having a full head of hair cannot be overstated. Hair is associated with virility and beauty. If you’re one of the millions of men and women living with thinning hair or hair loss, we’ve got some good news for you. Until now, hair loss treatment for men and women has been limited to medications (such as Rogaine and Propecia), surgical hair transplant, or according to Dr. Shelly Friedman, low-level light therapy such as the Capillus272. Now there’s a new and minimally invasive option available that is showing effectiveness for the treatment of hair loss and thinning hair in both men and women. This latest and very exciting natural treatment is called Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP.
Platelet-Rich Plasma’s History as a Medical Treatment
Our human blood is made up of red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), platelets, and plasma. Platelets are important for blood clotting, because they release a surge of chemical elements which stimulate clot formation. This is what gives our body the ability to heal wounds. The thinking behind PRP is that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body’s healing process could be accelerated. As it turns out there have been techniques for producing platelet-rich plasma and then using it to promote and enhance healing after tissue injury for more than 30 years, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. There is also growing information on the use of PRP in sports medicine, orthopedic surgery and dental surgery as well as in a number of other medical and surgical specialties. The studies show how PRP has been used to enhance tissue repair and healing after surgical procedures or injury. Recent research has shown platelet-rich plasma to be effective for use with [hair transplantation] (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22455565) in reducing swelling and pain and to increase hair density.
A Natural Approach to Hair Restoration
Platelet-rich plasma is now being used as a natural approach to treating follicle damage, hair loss and thinning hair. Similar to the practice of having a patient donate his/her own blood before a surgical procedure, using a patient’s own blood, a medical professional will spin it down to isolate the part of the plasma that contains platelets and growth elements. The result is then injected into the scalp where there is thinning hair or hair loss. When used in combination with other hair regrowth treatments such as hair transplants and laser hair treatments, PRP is showing promising results.
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