Hair loss affects many people, and the majority of them face the condition due to genetics. In most cases, hair loss it’s caused by the thinning of the hair follicle resulting in hair not growing from a particular area. Hair loss is usually associated with men, however women are also affected by hair loss. When women suffer from hair loss, most women suffer of hair thinning rather than complete baldness. Hair loss afflicts such a large portion of the population that many dermatologists have been working to come up with new forms of treatments. Rich plasma therapy has come to the attention of many professionals and patients recently, but many people still have questions about what the treatment entails and the benefits of the procedure. Here are the basics of how platelet rich plasma therapy works and the advantages it offers.
The platelet rich plasma therapy involves drawing some of the patient’s blood and separating the platelet rich plasma by using a centrifuge and mixing it with an activating compound. During the treatment, the patient’s scalp is numbed and the plasma is strategically injected into the scalp. Platelets are used to stimulate growth and healing, which means there are two main approaches that the treatment can be done.
One approach is to use the platelets to halt and reverse the thinning of the hair follicles, which is causing the hair loss. The other approach is to use the therapy in conjunction with hair transplants. Since the plasma helps to stimulate growth and healing, it can be used to help with the recovery following a hair transplant.
The benefits offered by the treatment
The first benefit is the reduction in risks. Since the plasma is developed from the patient’s own blood, this eliminates risks associated with donor genetic materials such as allergies, hypersensitivity, and other adverse reactions. Many patients also would rather use elements of their own body rather than chemicals or donated cells.
The second benefit is the effectiveness of the treatment. When the treatment is used to stimulate the restoration of hair follicles, studies have shown it to be very effective. Like with any other treatment, please note that the procedure works better for certain conditions than for others. The procedure has been especially effective in the cases of hereditary alopecia, which causes the hair follicles to thin until hair is no longer able to grow. Typically, patients see results within 3 to 6 months following treatment. The best results are also seen in those who started experiencing hair loss recently, as the plasma treats the hair follicles that are still present.
The results have also been strong in patients who experienced hair loss due to alopecia areata (spot baldness) or similar diseases, which is when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. In patients that have experienced hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatments or radiation, the treatment has not shown great improvements.
Another approach is to do it on patients who have hair transplanted. When used in conjunction with a hair transplant, it has also been shown to improve success rates by stimulating the transplanted hair follicles to grow and develop as expected. The plasma has also helped with the healing of the tissue damaged in the treatment.
Another important consideration of many patients is cost. Fortunately, the treatment has proven to be very affordable and cost effective, especially when compared to other surgical treatment options. Fortunately, the platelet rich plasma therapy is proving to be an effective, safe, non-surgical alternative for many experiencing hair loss.
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