PRP treatment for men’s hair loss
Suffering from male patterned baldness (also known as androgenic alopecia); or thinning of the hair? Have you thought about what treatments are available for you to combat male hair loss and thinning? PRP treatment is a non-surgical option that is very effective in stimulating hair regrowth.
Why do we lose hair?
It is natural to lose up to 100 strands of hair a day. Nevertheless, most of the time they grow back. You don’t realise you’ve lost any hair. However, up to 85% of men will suffer from some sort of hair loss in their lifetime. The lost hair simply does not grow back, resulting in bald patches and/or a receding hairline.
Male patterned baldness is simply a result of your genes. Scientists and medics are unclear on how it is inherited. It is known however to run in families. If you have close relatives that are balding, the likelihood is that you too will experience the same balding pattern .
In addition to a being a hereditary condition, men’s hair loss can also be connected to hormonal changes, a medical condition or a side effect of certain medications .
It is important to seek advice from medical professionals to eliminate any medical conditions that could be the cause of men’s hair loss.
Wearing tight hairstyles such as a ponytail or cornrows where the hair is pulled can cause slight hair loss. In addition, some products such as hot oil treatments and perms can damage your hair follicles resulting in some hair loss.
Implications of men’s hair loss
Hair loss in men can lower their self-esteem and confidence, placing a constraint on their interpersonal relations and self-perception. During ancient times, long thick hair in a man portrayed masculinity and vitality. Therefore it can be understood why hair loss in men can have a profound effect on their psychological wellbeing.
Seeking help from medical professionals in order to manage hair loss can have a profound effect on a man’s mental wellbeing. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that hair loss treatment in men improved their confidence . Professional hair clinics such as Hair and Skin Science can provide further advice and support in how to prevent and restore men’s hair loss.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a pain-free and effective procedure, an alternative to hair transplantation. Suitable for men with thinning hair, and male patterned baldness, PRP hair loss treatment uses your own blood to stimulate natural hair growth and can usually result in thicker regrowth. The benefit of using your own blood in PRP hair loss treatment includes the reduced risk of transmittable diseases and allergic reactions, which is why it is an effective and safe men’s hair loss treatment.
Once blood is drawn from your arm, it will undergo a process (high-speed spinning in a centrifuge) to separate the red blood cells and the plasma. It is this plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) will then be injected into the scalp in the hair loss areas along with micro-needling of the entire scalp. This combination can help boost the blood supply to the follicles in the scalp. As a result, it will activate the regrowth of hair and encourage thickness by increasing the hair count.
For many patients, PRP treatment is totally pain free. However, in rare occurrences, some may experience a sore scalp. Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately, however, strenuous exercise and shampooing of scalp needs to be avoided for 12 hours.
To achieve optimum results for men’s hair loss, PRP treatment should be performed 6-12 times every 2-3 weeks.
The second generation of PRP treatment, PRF (platelet rich fibrin) hair loss treatment uses a very similar procedure. The main difference between the two is that the collection of platelets in PRF also contains fibrin (a component for clotting).
Containing 10 times more platelet concentration compared to normal blood, PRF hair loss treatment has great healing and regenerative properties. As a result, when the PRF is injected into the scalp, the platelets and growth factors are released more slowly into the follicle forming a sort of scaffold ready for hair regrowth .
Both PRP and PRF hair loss treatments are non-invasive and non-surgical with no pharmaceuticals and minimal pain, where you can go about your daily activities after receiving your hair loss treatment. Hair and Skin Science Clinics are the largest provider of PRP hair loss treatment in Australia. Led by Australian Doctors that perform over 100,000 hair loss and skin treatments every year, it is clear to see why there are a vast number of happy clients for men’s hair loss.