Hair loss is a common condition which will affect most people at some point in their lives. In fact, estimates suggest up to two-thirds of men and one-third of women will experience hair loss by age 50. The onset of hair loss increases with each passing year.
Hair follicles go through cycles, from active to inactive stages. Hair loss is thought to be in part due to a disruption in these cycles and influenced by age and genetic predisposition. During inactive phases, hair follicles can close over and effectively die, causing hair loss. In other cases, diminished blood supply, hormonal imbalances, and other factors like medications, chemotherapy, thyroid health, or even stress can underlie hair loss.
Conventional medical treatments for hair loss typically require medication that elicits negative side effects or surgical hair restoration procedures which require downtime. Grand Rapids Men's Clinic is excited to offer an innovative, non-surgical hair loss treatment option called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss which harnesses your body’s growth factors to initiate hair growth.
If you are in search of safe and effective natural remedies for hair growth, contact our Grand Rapids, MI hair restoration clinic today to learn more about the PRP hair restoration procedure. Call (616) 426-6163 or contact us online today!
In the human body, platelets are ordinarily activated in response to injury; they clot blood and facilitate healing of active injuries. PRP injections likewise respond to areas of injury or concern by triggering a cascade of healing growth factors which stimulate collagen synthesis, cell growth, and tissue regeneration.
In the case of hair loss, platelet-rich plasma has been shown to activate inert hair follicles, causing new hair growth and strengthening existing hair. PRP can also increase the concentration and growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) in areas where it is injected, creating an increased blood supply for hair regrowth.
PRP therapy is conducted in the comfort of the Grand Rapids Men's hair restoration clinic office and typically requires no more than an hour of your time. To begin, Dr. Naeem will complete a blood draw from your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge which separates your platelets from the rest of your blood. The PRP concentrate is then re-injected into the scalp.
Since there are no incisions made, recovery from PRP scalp injections is minimal. The most common side effect of PRP for hair loss is pain or discomfort at the injection site. If you are prone to infection or have a compromised immune system, you should discuss the risks of PRP therapy with Dr. Naeem at the time of your appointment.
Depending on your unique needs, 3-4 treatments may be necessary, spread out over the course of several months. Results will vary; however, you should begin to see the results of PRP therapy within several weeks following treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma is an ideal, minimally-invasive procedure for both men and women who experience hair loss or thinning hair. It is most successful for people in the early stages of hair loss who still have active hair follicles remaining.
PRP for hair loss is not recommended for people who have:
Dr. Naeem will review your medical history to ensure you are healthy prior to PRP hair restoration. He may recommend lifestyle changes before undergoing treatment, including smoking cessation and limiting your alcohol use.
Platelet-rich plasma is a natural hair loss treatment that works. Harness your body’s regenerative and healing abilities at our convenient Grand Rapid’s location today. Call (616) 426-6163 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.