The Facts Behind Hair Restoration

About 40% of women and more than half of men over 50 have some form of hair loss. With so many men and women affected, it’s no wonder the hair loss industry is worth $3.5 billion. Unfortunately, many hair restorations solutions are ineffective, but advances in regenerative medicine treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy are changing the hair restoration game.

To help you understand the promising future of PRP and hair restoration, our staff at Stirling Skin Care explains some of the facts behind hair loss.

The Root of the Problem

The most common cause of hair loss in men and women is androgenetic alopecia — a condition often referred to as male- or female-pattern baldness. Alopecia is a genetic condition that you inherit from both of your parents, not just your mother’s side of the family, as many believe. This genetic disorder directly affects your hair growth at the root.

Each of the hair follicles on your body has a growth cycle with four stages:

During the anagen stage, an entire shaft of hair grows, nourished at the root by blood vessels. Alopecia affects this stage, weakening your hair follicles. Over time, your hair follicles shrink and the hair strands produced become finer and shorter. Eventually, hair growth stops completely in the follicles.

While originally considered a condition that only affected men, hair loss impacts nearly 40 million women. Unlike men, who typically have receding hairlines and thinning near the top of their head at the crown, women usually suffer from hair thinning all over their head.

Regenerative Medicine Stimulates the Follicle

Regenerative medicine is an innovative medical approach designed to restore your body’s health and function by harnessing its naturally occurring healing properties. Our experienced team at Stirling Skin Care uses platelet-rich plasma therapy to leverage the essential growth agents in your blood in order to stimulate your hair follicles to grow.

Your blood plasma and platelets contain mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products. These powerful growth agents play a vital role in your cellular health by triggering tissue regeneration.

When injected into your scalp, they regenerate dermal papilla cells in your scalp tissue. These cells are responsible for regulating hair development and growth and, when restored, trigger new hair growth.

The growth agents in PRP also promote the blood vessel growth in your skin, a necessity for strong and healthy hair growth.

Convenient, Noninvasive Hair Restoration With Fast Results

At Stirling Skin Care, platelet-rich plasma therapy is a comfortable in-office procedure that takes about an hour and uses your own blood. After a blood draw, we prepare your PRP infusion using a centrifuge to separate the vital growth factors from the rest of your blood.

During your PRP hair restoration treatment, a topical anesthetic on your scalp ensures your comfort while we administer the injections. Following the injections, you might notice pinkness in the treatment area, but this fades quickly. There’s no downtime following PRP hair restoration. You can resume normal activities, including showering and shampooing, within a few hours of your treatment.

PRP can also be used in combination with Propecia® or Minoxidil® therapies.

An additional benefit of PRP hair restoration is that the growth factors in your treatment accelerate your hair restoration, so you can expect to see results within a short period of time. For maximum results, we might recommend monthly treatments for four months to guarantee your hair follicles remain stimulated and confirm that your hair growth is progressing as desired.

To see if you’re a candidate for PRP hair restoration, call us or schedule an appointment online today.

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