Hair loss can happen to both men and women, but it is less likely to happen to women. Furthermore, the way that men and women lose hair is different. Men tend to lose all the hair in certain areas, making them completely bald. Women, however, generally suffer from areas where the hair becomes thinner but does not go completely bald.
If you are a female suffering from thinning hair, you might want to consider PRP for thinning hair.
What’s PRP? It is a new treatment for thinning hair. PRP itself is not new, as it has been used since the 1970’s for treatment of things such as damaged tendons, in jaw surgery, cardiovascular medicine, and osteoarthritis. However, we have recently discovered that it can also speed up the growth of hairs in areas that have become thin.
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. The platelets are the parts of the blood which begin the process of coagulation when you suffer from a wound. PRP is created by taking a sample of your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge which has the effect of separating the solid parts of the blood from the liquid. The separated solid part is PRP, and it contains between three and five times as many platelets as are in the blood circulating in the body. In addition, it contains platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth.
The PRP then may have platelet activators such as calcium chloride, thrombin, and sometimes collagen, added to it. This PRP is then placed into a syringe and injected into the areas of thinning hair.
PRP for women’s hair loss then seems to have the effect of promoting the growth of hair follicles into full and thick terminal hairs, thereby reversing the hair miniaturization that occurs in thinning hair areas.
Now it is true that this is a new treatment for women’s hair loss, and as such it is not widely available as yet. But we do provide it at Silicon Valley Hair Institute in Foster City. Our director, Dr Miguel Canales, is a world-famous authority in hair restoration, and as such is always at the forefront of any new developments and treatments.
Dr Canales can examine your hair at a free consultation and advise if PRP is appropriate for your hair loss. If it is, he can carry out your first treatment at the time. Further treatments are needed at four and eight weeks, by which time he will be able to assess your response. Additional treatments are then needed at three-month intervals.