Hair loss is an issue that affects millions of women every day, yet the majority of hair growth procedures and at-home products are marketed toward men, leaving many women looking for an alternative hair rejuvenation therapy option. Fortunately, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is now being used to treat female hair loss.
PRP therapy is a non-surgical option that provides women a preventative or restorative supplement to their existing hair maintenance routines. It’s no wonder that more and more women are using PRP therapy and seeing great results.
So whether you're suffering from hair loss yourself or you're simply curious, here's a short guide to help you understand how PRP therapy could work for you.
What is platelet rich plasma?
First thing's first: platelet rich plasma is exactly what it sounds like. Plasma is a part of the blood. In order to attain it, it must be spun out of the blood using a centrifuge. The "platelet rich" part is tacked onto the word because the plasma is enriched with platelets that have several different growth factors. When applied to damaged tissue, PRP can encourage healing at an increased rate.
Where has it been used before?
This therapy has actually been used in a variety of applications over the years. Platelet rich plasma can be injected into joints, ligaments, and tendons in an effort to encourage healing in potentially damaged areas.
What exactly does it do?
PRP Therapy for women’s hair loss stimulates the skin, scalp and hair follicles on the head, helping dormant strands surface for a fuller, more abundant look. PRP Therapy also thickens existing hairs that have miniaturized, a process we discussed in our previous blog “What is Female Pattern Hair Loss". For women, this safe and natural alternative to more invasive surgeries, which have historically low performance in female subjects, is a godsend. PRP’s stimulation of stem cells in the hair follicle have actually shown better results in women than in men
How can it help hair growth?
PRP Therapy is relatively new to the hair restoration world, but when applied to the site of hair loss, all of those growth properties we've been discussing do almost exactly what they would do to muscle or skeletal tissue. New blood vessels can form, and new hair can even begin growing as a result of the therapy.
Hair loss in women is a serious issue that can take a hefty toll on self-confidence, but this type of hair rejuvenation can actually make a huge difference in the way hair loss is treated.