Hair loss is a common problem for women, who often experience it as a result of stress, hormonal changes, infections, or nutritional deficiencies. A normal amount of loss is about 150 hairs per day When it starts being more noticeable than usual in the drain or the hairbrush, or coming out in hands while washing it, it’s time for a work up.
Hair loss in women is diffuse and, without treatment, progressive. Since hair indicates health and vitality, the loss of it is difficult and stressful. Men often expect the loss of their hair, but still would like to avoid it!
The good news is that in all but a couple diagnoses, hair loss is reversible. The hair follicles can be reactivated to allow for regrowth, often starting within a couple of months from beginning treatment.
At Insights, we provide a comprehensive approach to the treatment of hair loss. First, Dr. Winkelman will ascertain the cause of your hair loss; then, she designs a customized treatment plan. She may do blood or other lab testing to gain more information. Treatments such as supplements, neurofeedback (if stress is part of the cause), or PRP may be prescribed.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma and how does it work?
PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. PRP is obtained through a procedure in which we draw your blood and harvest the concentrated plasma. The plasma from your own body contains stem cells and natural anti-inflammatories that allow for healing and regeneration. Because of this, PRP can be used for improving skin texture and collagen, resolving joint pain, resolving sexual difficulties, incontinence, and it can even be used in dentistry!
It is inserted around the scalp in several treatments, and is often highly successful. It is believed that the introduction of platelets and white blood cells through platelet rich plasma can actually stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair loss seen in male pattern baldness, and even preventing hair loss.
As a source of concentrated stem cells derived from the person’s own blood, the PRP can stimulate hair follicle growth, collagen regeneration, and skin repair.
After a small amount of blood is taken from the patient to produce the PRP, the scalp is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. The PRP is injected via syringe and applied topically with a dermaroller. The dermaroller creates microscopic channels that allow the PRP to penetrate deep into the skin on the scalp where it stimulates the growth of hair follicles and creates new blood vessels.
Safety and the Use of PRP
PRP is immunologically neutral and poses no danger of allergic, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions.
A brief period of inflammation at wound sites may be experienced by a patient after application of PRP; the scalp is usually tender for several days after the procedure.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
PRP Hair Treatment is a safe choice for many patients with hair loss. However, patients with active infection on the scalp, history of shingles on the scalp, diabetes, coagulation disease, patients for whom the follicles have been lost, and patients on blood thinning and/or immunosuppressive medications should avoid PRP.
What is the cost involved?
$850 covers a consultation and the PRP treatment. Discounts are offered for multiple treatments paid in advance.
How many treatments do I need?
Initially, two treatments spaced out by 3 months are recommended for rapid regrowth. A third may be needed for some patients. For some patients, maintenance treatment may become necessary every year or so.
How much science does this procedure have behind it?
Although PRP has sufficient theoretical scientific basis to support its use in hair restoration, hair restoration using PRP is still at its infancy. Clinical evidence is still weak. Many patients, however, report excellent results. Considering its excellent safety profile and relatively low cost, PRP hair treatment is a promising treatment option for patients with thinning hair. Researchers have reported that PRP promotes hair growth from follicles by the action of platelet growth factors on hair follicle stem cells. The platelet growth factors induce follicle stem cells to shift from a dormant state to an active state that starts the process of hair production. While researchers have reported such activity, no advertised claims of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth can be made because there has been no FDA approval that would allow such claims to be made.
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