When it comes to hair loss, one revolutionary new treatment is making waves. That's right: PRP hair rejuvenation might just be the answer you're looking for.
But just what is platelet-rich plasma, or platelets for that matter, and how can they help my hair growth? Here are some answers.
What's Causing My Hair Loss?
Asking what causes hair loss can be as broad a question as what causes weight gain. Factors ranging from genetics, age, stress, nutrition, illness, and more can all be the cause of hair loss.
Sometimes treatments will need to be specific to the pathology of the hair loss, such if a hormone imbalance is to blame. Other times, a more general treatment like PRP can work.
What Are Platelets?
The short answer is that platelets are what are contained in your blood that help your blood clot after injury.
The longer answer involves growth factors, which PRP is filled with, that help signal various growth processes within the body.
When it comes to hair loss, platelet-rich plasma is separated from your blood using a centrifuge, and then injected into your scalp.
How Can They Help Me Regrow My Hair?
The process of injecting PRP into your scalp induces your hair follicles to stay active and in a growth phase — also known as the anagen phase.
Because the plasma has such a rich growth factor, it signals to the hair that it's time to grow, instead of laying dormant and no longer able to produce new hair growth.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
This depends on the type of hair loss you're suffering from. Patients with underlying illnesses or hormonal conditions, for example, may not benefit from PRP therapy.
A good sign of being a candidate are symptoms such as weak quality hair growth on the scalp or bald spots. These can be indicative of hair that still has function follicles that can be induced into a stage of growth.