Hair loss happens to nearly everyone at some point in life. Although it is natural (and some might say inevitable), it can be difficult to manage emotionally. Many people who experience hair loss are not happy with the change in their appearance.
Although the causes of hair loss are varied, there are numerous hair restoration treatments available. One of the most popular treatments in recent decades is PRP hair restoration.
What Causes Hair Loss?
There are various causes of hair loss. Some of the most common causes include:
- Hormonal changes
- Medical conditions
- Excessive hair treatments
- Tight hairstyles
- Repetitive body-focused behaviors
The cause of your hair loss affects your hair restoration treatment process. Treatments for genetic hair loss are well-researched and effective, while no amount of hair restoration will treat hair loss caused by repetitive body-focused behaviors (like hair-pulling) if the behavior goes untreated.
Hair loss caused by genetics is called hereditary-pattern baldness. It’s one of the most common causes of hair loss. Fortunately, there are several options to treat this condition.
PRP hair restoration therapy is most effective against genetic hair loss, especially with early intervention.
Hair Restoration Medication
There are two general categories of hair restoration medication:
- Androgen-dependent hair loss medications
- Androgen-independent hair loss medications
Androgen-dependent hair loss medications help to stop the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Medical professionals believe the presence of dihydrotestosterone in the scalp can contribute to hair loss.
Androgen-independent hair loss medications dilate blood vessels in the body to help encourage hair growth. Androgen-independent hair loss medications can be used by both men and women, while the androgen-dependent variety can only be used by men.
Hair restoration medications require a lot of self-maintenance. For example, Rogaine requires about 8 weeks of consistent use just to start seeing a reduction in hair loss. It can take around 4 months to see new hair growth.
While hair restoration medication (like Rogaine) is a viable option, it might not be the best one for you. Not only does medication take time to work, but you have to have the right type of hair loss to experience effective results.
Additionally, you may have a limited efficacy window for medications in some cases. For example, if you have hereditary hair loss, hair restoration medication may work for you preventatively, as long as you haven’t noticed much thinning yet.
If you’re already faced with thinning hair, medications may not be a viable treatment option for you.
Surgical Hair Restoration
Surgical hair restoration, also known as a hair transplant, is divided into two categories: follicular unit transplant and follicular unit extraction.
Follicular unit transplant involves removing a strip of skin from another part of your body where hair growth is denser. Small groups of tissue from the sampled strip that contain hair follicles are extracted and then transplanted into the treatment site.
Follicular unit extraction is a similar concept, but only individual hair follicles are removed from the donor site instead of an entire strip of skin.
There are many reasons why you might not want to have to resort to surgery in order to address hair loss. After all, surgery often requires lengthy downtime and discomfort as your body heals.
However, surgical hair restoration is not only guaranteed, but it also offers immediate results. This makes it a popular choice for those who are faced with significant or advanced hair loss.
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This hair restoration treatment involves taking your own blood and injecting it back into your scalp to help trigger natural hair growth.
PRP hair restoration therapy happens in three steps:
- Our medical team extracts a small sample of blood and places it into a centrifuge
- The drawn blood is separated out into platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells
- The platelet-rich plasma is harvested and injected into areas of the scalp that need treatment
PRP is a popular form of hair restoration because it uses elements from your own body to encourage hair growth, rather than slow-acting medication or grafts from a donor site.
For the best results, new patients should get three initial sessions of PRP hair therapy roughly six months apart. After these three initial sessions, we will be able to determine whether the treatment is taking effect. If so, you can graduate to a single session every six to twelve months for long-term results.
Should You Get PRP Hair Therapy?
Not everyone is a candidate for PRP hair restoration treatment.
Since PRP hair therapy involves plasma injected into dormant hair follicles, you have to have dormant hair follicles in order for the treatment to work. If you have advanced baldness, you may not have the proper number of dormant hair follicles for the treatment to be effective. If this is the case, surgical implantation of hair follicles may be required.
PRP hair restoration has the highest rates of success in individuals who have genetic hair loss, especially when the treatment is started early.
If you know there are patterns of early baldness or hair loss in your family, consider meeting with our skilled medical team to discuss your treatment goals and determine which options might best achieve those aims.
Hair loss can be difficult, but it can also be treated. At Simply Radiant in Las Vegas, our patients often start to see results in as little as two months, with improvements lasting up to a year after the initial treatment.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.