Hair loss is a common issue that affects men and women around the world. Male pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of 50, and androgenic alopecia can affect over half of women over 65. The main reason for this is thought to be hormonal, so for women, hair loss often occurs during pregnancy and menopause.
For both men and women, hair loss is not just frustrating, but can also lead to a lack of confidence and a feeling of unattractiveness. So, it’s no surprise that so many people are now looking for non-invasive treatments to help with this issue. One such treatment is PRP therapy...
So, what is PRP? Well, essentially, PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and is concentrated platelets taken from our own blood. The great thing about PRP is that it contains growth factors that medical professionals are crazy about. This is because they help with cell growth, boost new blood cells and help with tissue regeneration.
PRP is used alongside so many aesthetic treatments nowadays, including microneedling, laser skin treatments.
What is PRP therapy for hair loss?
Ok, so now you know what PRP is, but what does it have to do with hair loss?
PRP therapy is actually a common solution for treating hair loss, and is becoming more and more popular with both men and women. Blood is taken from the arm, put in a centrifuge, and the PRP is separated out from the rest of the blood. This PRP is then injected into the area of hair loss.
Sounds painful, right? But don’t worry - a numbing solution of some sort is generally provided first, so not so bad.
Does PRP therapy for hair loss work?
Hair loss has been thought of for years as an issue without a solution, but PRP therapy helps thicken existing hair and stimulate growth.
It’s important to note that while PRP helps boost growth, it doesn’t prevent hair loss progression. But it’s a great alternative to hair transplants for people who are not ready or willing to go under the knife.
To get the best results from PRP therapy, practitioners recommend having around three sessions over the course of several months, but they’ll usually want to see you after a few weeks to see if the effects have started to kick in and whether you have any questions or concerns.
The results of PRP therapy can be incredible, and as well as boosting hair growth, it can also be an amazing way to boost confidence, putting the sparkle back into people who have struggled with hair loss. And if something can help restore self esteem, then why the hell not!
Find out more about PRP in our handy treatment guide, including the dos and don’ts, side effects and potential results.