Hair loss is just one more nuisance of aging. It can also be symptomatic of a hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia. The average individual loses 50-100 hairs each day. However, if you notice greater loss, thinning or bald spots, it may be time to take action.
To reverse unwanted hair loss, the experienced providers at Dermatology Associates of Central NJ recommend regenerative medicine treatments using platelet-rich plasma therapy. The practice has helped many patients restore their luxurious locks using these natural healing properties in your blood that trigger new hair growth.
What causes hair loss?
While it’s a popular myth that hair loss comes from your mother’s side of the family, androgenetic alopecia actually occurs when you inherit genes from both of your parents. This condition interferes with new hair growth at the root.
Your skin is covered with hair follicles, and each one goes through four stages of growth:
- Anagen (growth)
- Catagen (transition)
- Telogen (rest)
- Exogen (shedding)
During the growth stage, your hair follicle produces an entire shaft of hair nourished by blood vessels in your skin. Both male- or female-pattern baldness, causes your hair follicle to weaken. Every time it enters the anagen phase, your hair follicle shrinks, and the strand of hair produced becomes shorter and finer. Eventually, your follicle stops growing hair.
Even though hair loss is widely considered a male issue, women make up 40% of those affected. However, women with alopecia usually experience thinning hair all over their heads compared to men, who typically have thinning at the crown or along the hairline.
Harness the power of your own body to regrow hair
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) uses the powerful growth agents found in your blood to stimulate tissue regeneration.
After your blood is drawn, it is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the healing agents. This concentrates the vital growth factors so he can inject them into your scalp.
Once introduced to the area, PRP regenerates dermal papilla cells in your scalp tissue. These unique cells regulate hair growth and development in your follicles. PRP not only activates new hair growth, but it also stimulates the growth of blood vessels in your skin, supporting strong and healthy hair.
What to expect during your PRP treatment
PRP therapy to restore your hair takes approximately an hour. To prepare for your treatment, we apply a topical anesthetic to your scalp to keep you comfortable throughout your injections.
After your appointment, you may have some pinkness or redness in the treatment area, but this fades rapidly. You can usually begin showering and washing your hair within a few hours. Still, avoid should harsh chemicals or hair treatments like perms and coloring for several days.
Your physician may recommend a series of treatments over a few months to continue stimulating your hair follicles and ensure that your hair growth progresses as planned.
Find solutions for your thinning hair with platelet-rich plasma therapy; call one of our offices in Old Bridge, Freehold, or Union, New Jersey, or book an appointment right here on our website today.
*Individual results may vary