It’s completely normal to lose hair. In fact, the average person loses 50-100 hairs each day. But if you start to notice excessive thinning or bald spots, it could indicate hair loss. In most cases, this is a hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia and male- or female-pattern baldness.
To counteract unwanted hair loss, Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman at PRP in Philadelphia recommends regenerative medicine treatments using platelet-rich plasma therapy. At his convenient location in Huntingdon Valley, Dr. Kauffman uses the natural healing properties in your blood to trigger new hair growth on your scalp.
What’s to blame for hair loss
While it’s a popular myth that hair loss comes from your mother’s side of the family, androgenetic alopecia actually occurs when you inherit genes from both of your parents. This condition interferes with new hair growth at the root.
Your skin is covered with hair follicles, and each one goes through four stages of growth:
- Anagen (growth)
- Catagen (transition)
- Telogen (rest)
- Exogen (shedding)
During the growth stage, your hair follicle produces an entire shaft of hair nourished by blood vessels in your skin. When you have male- or female-pattern baldness, it causes your hair follicle to weaken. So each time it enters the anagen phase, your hair follicle shrinks and the strand of hair produced becomes shorter and finer. Eventually, your follicle stops growing hair.
Even though hair loss is widely considered a male issue, women make up 40% of those affected. Women with alopecia, however, usually experience thinning hair all over their head compared to men, who typically have thinning at the crown or along the hairline.
Putting your body to work regrowing hair
Other hair restoration techniques use shampoos, oral medications, and surgery. Dr. Kauffman relies on regenerative medicine to heal your body and trigger hair growth. Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) uses the powerful growth agents found in your blood to stimulate tissue regeneration.
After drawing your blood, Dr. Kauffman separates the healing agents from the rest of your sample by spinning it in a centrifuge. This concentrates the vital growth factors so he can inject them into your scalp.
Once introduced to the area, PRP regenerates dermal papilla cells in your scalp tissue. These unique cells regulate hair growth and development in your follicles. PRP not only activates new hair growth, but it also stimulates blood vessel growth in your skin, supporting strong and healthy hair.
Restore your hair with PRP
PRP therapy to restore your hair takes approximately an hour. To prepare for your treatment, we apply a topical anesthetic to your scalp to keep you comfortable throughout your injections.
After your appointment, you may have some pinkness or redness in the treatment area, but this fades rapidly. There’s no downtime, so you can continue enjoying your favorite activities immediately. While you can usually start showering and washing your hair within a few hours, you should avoid harsh chemicals or hair treatments like perms and coloring for several days.
Dr. Kauffman might recommend a series of treatments over a few months to continue stimulating your hair follicles and ensure that your hair growth progresses as planned.
Find solutions for your thinning hair with platelet-rich plasma therapy; call us at PRP in Philadelphia or schedule an appointment today through our online system.