When you think of hair loss, chances are male-pattern baldness is one of the first things that springs to mind. Although many men do experience balding as they age, hair loss can affect both genders, and it’s not always confined to the scalp. At the Anti-Aging Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Fadi Bacha and his team of experts offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to help patients restore lost hair.
Most people normally shed about 50 to 100 hairs every day. Because new hair is always growing, this natural process usually doesn’t cause any noticeable thinning of scalp hair. Hair loss takes place when the cycle of growth and shedding is somehow disrupted, or when hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. While genetic predisposition is by far the most common cause of hair loss, hormonal changes, medical conditions, stress, and certain medications can also trigger the condition. Male-pattern baldness, which is influenced by heredity and usually involves a bald spot or a receding hairline, can begin as early as puberty. Female-pattern baldness is generally seen as thinning hair.
Dr. Bacha provides platelet rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy, as a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients who are experiencing hair loss. PRP therapy is a non-invasive option for those who want to stimulate hair growth, but who aren’t interested in undergoing hair transplant surgery. Platelet rich plasma contains 3 to 5 times as many platelets as found in normal, circulating blood. It also contains other bioactive substances, including platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), and several other potentially beneficial bioactive proteins. PRP has been used extensively to promote wound healing, and research suggests that it may also be a safe and effective option to treat hair loss.
PRP therapy is an autologous treatment (meaning the therapeutic catalyst comes from the patient’s own body) with no potential for triggering a foreign-body immunologic response. That’s why, if your type of hair loss makes you a good candidate for PRP therapy, treatment will begin with an in-office blood draw. After your blood is drawn, it’s spun in a closed, sterile centrifuge machine to separate out the PRP. After you receive a local anesthetic to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, Dr. Bacha will inject the PRP growth catalyst into your scalp. PRP therapy can typically begin at the time of your initial consultation, with subsequent treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Six months after your first treatment, Dr. Bacha can assess your progress to see if any further treatments are necessary.
*Individual Results May Vary