PRP for hair loss is an exciting new treatment for people with thinning hair. However, it is not suitable for everyone. It will depend upon your particular skin and the condition of your hair and scalp. You need to come to Silicon Valley Hair Institute in Foster City for a thorough evaluation from our expert Dr. Miguel Canales.
PRP for hair loss is exciting because it is used to grow tiny, miniaturized hairs into full-size terminal hairs. So, if you have thinning hair, it can be used to create thicker areas. It is not so suitable for those with bald patches.
We fully understand that for a number of people, losing their hair is something that they just accept as “one of those things” which, in a way, it is. However, for others, it can have a devastating effect upon their self-confidence and impact their lives in a way which those of us lucky enough not to suffer from hair loss have difficulty understanding. It is for these people for whom PRP for hair loss may be just the thing that they have been looking for in order to restore their self-confidence and in some cases, their sanity.
So, what is PRP and how does it work?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, and it is derived from a sample of your own blood. Platelets are the part of the blood which begin the process of coagulation when you cut yourself, so they stop you from continuing to bleed.
Now in order to produce PRP there have to be more platelets in a sample of your blood than in the normal blood circulating in your body, hence why it is called Platelet-Rich-Plasma. This is achieved by taking a sample of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge which has the effect of separating out the solid parts of the blood, so that what you finish up with has between 3 and 5 times the number of platelets that are in the blood originally.
The PRP is then injected into the areas of the scalp with thinning hair and seems to have the effect of helping the miniaturized hairs in the area grow into thicker terminal hairs, thereby covering up the thin areas and producing a normal crop of hair once more.
It does take some time to start to see results, and it is necessary to repeat the treatment periodically in order to maintain the improvement. Results can be expected to become visible within the first 2 – 6 months depending upon the individual.