Hair loss and thinning is a pervasive problem throughout society. Some men start to lose their hair in their late teens and early twenties, and by middle age, the majority of men will experience some degree of hair loss. Although balding is often thought of as a man’s condition, it also affects large numbers of women. Although hair loss does not cause any physical harm, it can have a devastating impact on quality of life and self-esteem, especially for women. Here at Fountain of Youth Med Spa, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of hair regrowth.
Medical science has not paid much attention to the widespread problem of hair loss. A few oral medications to treat androgenic alopecia (more commonly known as male-pattern baldness, although women get it too) have been placed on the market; these medications work fairly well to stop future hair loss but do not stimulate hair regrowth and they do not work at all for women. A topical agent, minoxidil, can stimulate some hair regrowth in both men and women, but its efficacy is limited. Otherwise, until recently, the only treatments were hair transplants, wigs, and hats, but then platelet rich plasma (PRP) was found to not only stop the hair loss process but to also strongly stimulate hair regrowth.
PRP is a concentrated cocktail of platelets. A normal blood sample is obtained and in a quick in-office procedure the formed blood cells and most of the plasma is removed, leaving behind the platelets. Platelets are essentially little bags that contain clotting factors, growth factors, and cytokines. When an injury occurs, they rupture and release their contents. The clotting factors stop the bleeding, the growth factors induce the injured tissues to heal, and the cytokines attract immune cells to fight off infection and also attract stem cells. Stem cells are multipotent cells that can differentiate into many other kinds of cells and thus replace damaged cells with brand new fully functional cells. Injecting PRP into an area can induce all of these effects, and PRP injections are in widespread use to treat acute and chronic injuries and to rejuvenate aging tissues.
A number of studies, including some randomized controlled trials, have shown that injections of PRP into the scalp can not only stop hair loss but also trigger significant hair regrowth. Typically, three treatments are given at monthly intervals. Because PRP works by stimulating the body to naturally heal and rejuvenate, results are not seen immediately; most people notice visible hair regrowth after the third treatment, and the results just improve from then on. A yearly touch-up treatment is suggested to keep the hair growing. PRP treatments can regrow hair on men and women regardless of the cause of hair loss; it doesn’t just work on androgenic alopecia, it works on any condition that results in hair loss.
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To learn more about hair regrowth, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Fountain of Youth Med Spa. At or convenient location in Sanford, FL our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!