Humans have a deep personal relationship with their hair, as evidenced in history, philosophy, and even religion. Hair is a symbol of our identity, a contributor to our self-esteem, and a means of self-expression. Hair thinning and hair loss affect both men and women and can lead to feelings of anxiety, demoralization, low self-esteem, and sometimes even depression. Non-genetic factors causing these conditions include deficiencies of certain vitamins, excessive vitamin A, anemia, thyroid dysfunction, emotional stress, dramatic weight loss, protein deficiency in the diet, hormonal changes, pregnancy, radiation, and chemotherapy.
But it is men who experience a greater frequency of hair thinning and hair loss due to male pattern baldness that affects more than half of men over age 50. Male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, can begin as early as the teenage years. It is caused by genetic predisposition and male sex hormones and manifests as receding hairline and thinning on the crown of the head.
- Men have looked to a variety of solutions that have produced less than satisfactory results, such as:
- Hair styles that cover the bald or thinning areas
- Wigs, hair pieces, weaves, and hair transplants
- Topical medications, commonly known as Rogaine, Propecia, and Proscar, which stimulate the hair follicles to grow new hair
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New Option For Treatment Of Hair Loss—PRP Therapy With Or Without Stem Cells
Recent developments in cell therapy, i.e., growth factors and stem cells, have given a real boost to many areas of medicine, and hair restoration is one of the areas in which great strides are being made with cell therapy. Hair growth therapy offers new hope to both men and women who suffer from hair loss or baldness.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a nonsurgical hair restoration treatment that uses the patient’s own blood to create a concentrated fluid that is rich in growth factors and is used for stimulation of stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. In some cases, PRP hair restoration is combined with autologous stem cells (from the patient’s own blood rather than from a donor), which have a regenerative effect that boosts new hair follicle growth.
The first step in the process of PRP therapy for hair restoration is consultation with Dr. Gerald Grubbs at RevitaLife to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. If PRP therapy is appropriate for you, the next step is withdrawing a blood sample and separating the blood’s components in a centrifuge to harvest the platelets that are the building blocks of growth. Then the concentrated PRP, with or without stem cells, is injected into the area of baldness or thinning to stimulate the hair follicles back to an active growth state. Local anesthesia is generally administered to the nerves of the scalp to reduce discomfort associated with the injections.
PRP therapy for hair restoration is nonsurgical, safe, relatively quick, and produces very natural results. It consists of a series of four to six treatments done approximately every two weeks. Dr. Grubbs will monitor your progress to determine exactly the schedule that best suits your response to the treatment, as individual results vary.
PRP therapy for hair loss should be performed by experienced physicians who are trained to know when PRP is appropriate for the patient and who are skilled in injecting the correct quantity at the proper depth. At RevitaLife, you can feel confident that Dr. Grubbs has the training and experience to perform this hair restoration therapy, and he has invested in the latest and best technology to offer this exciting option for hair restoration to Florida’s Suncoast.