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Hair Loss - Why Does It Happen and How Can It Be Treated with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Hair loss and thinning hair is a growing concern for many of us - both men and women. Hair loss can be the result of genetics, hormonal changes, medical conditions, aging and more. However, there is a solution that can help you get the perfect hair you've dreamed of. At Sabrina Medical Aesthetics, we believe in growing our patients’ confidence while promoting and maintaining natural hair growth with the tools already found in our own body. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a method to stimulate hair follicles, and thereby restore hair growth.

PRP for hair restoration has several benefits including:

  • A decrease in hair loss
  • An increase in blood supply to the follicle,
  • More control of the hair growth cycle Hair growth

Performed by our head injector Sabrina at her Vaughan Medical Spa with over 15 years of experience in the health care sector, PRP is a new treatment against hair loss and to improve the appearance and health of hair.

In this blog, we discuss everything there is to know about platelet-rich plasma for hair restoration and whether it is right for you, before booking a free consultation.

What is PRP?

Platelets are an element of one's blood. When someone suffers from an injury causing an open wound, platelets reach the scene of the accident to stop the bleeding and heal bodily tissues. With PRP therapy for hair regrowth, blood is drawn, and the platelets are extracted and then injected into areas of the scalp to replicate its healing process and stimulate the blood circulation of hair follicles as well as increasing the thickness of the hair shaft, thus causing natural hair growth.

What are the benefits of PRP for my hair?

PRP is a non-surgical and non-invasive alternative to hair loss treatment as opposed to hair transplant surgery. Plasma contains healing and growth qualities which will instruct your tissue to regenerate and multiply. This results in dormant hair to be revitalized and continue to grow while stimulating new hair growth, ultimately leaving hair stronger and healthier.

How do I know if I am suffering from hair loss?

Hair shedding is normal and experienced by everyone every day. According to WebMD, most people lose around 50 to 100 hairs per day, with more shedding occurring on wash days. However, hair growth and loss come at a balance, and when that balance is broken - with hair falling at a higher rate than it is growing - hair loss occurs.  

While hair loss can have a negative impact on one’s self-esteem, it is important to understand that this is a common occurrence with over 50% of women experiencing hair loss at one point in their life along with 70% of men, and treatments such as PRP exist to help reverse these instances if needed. 

As it is unlikely someone can count the number of hairs they lose per day, here are a few common signs of experiencing hair loss:

  • Widening hair part
  • Clumps of hair falling out when brushing hair or showering
  • Thinner ponytail
  • Growing bald spots
  • Changes in your hairline - such as hairline gradually receding

Nearly all hair loss in men is a result of male-pattern baldness - passed down genetically from one’s parents.

Why am I experiencing hair loss?

Although anyone can be affected by hair loss and thinning, regardless of age or gender, it is more common with women who:

  • Are vitamin deficient
  • Are dieting (or have had rapid weight loss)
  • Have overly processed hair (often as a result of bleach, perms, and heat styling tools)
  • Have just given birth
  • Are experiencing increments of stress and/or anxiety
  • Are menopausal
  • Suffer from an underlying medical condition
  • Regularly wear hairstyles that pull on their roots (such as a tight ponytail, bun, or braid)

Am I a good candidate for PRP? 

PRP treatment is good for all hair types and is recommended for candidates who are dealing with hair loss and thinning or are interested in stimulating hair growth and improving hair health. 

PRP is a great option for those looking for hair restoration treatment that is non-invasive and does not require medication. 

PRP is not recommended for those who are on blood thinners, have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, or a chronic disease. Book your free virtual consultation with Sabrina Medical Aesthetics to learn more about if PRP treatment is right for you.

What is the procedure of PRP therapy for hair restoration?

The PRP procedure can be seen as three steps. It begins with blood being drawn from the patient, and then it is put into a centrifuge where the plasma will be separated. Lastly, the plasma is injected into areas of concern on the scalp that are seeking hair growth. 

This process takes about an hour or less. 

To see results, three to four sessions are recommended in an interval of four to six weeks. When these sessions have been completed, patients could come in for “maintenance” therapy once a year.  Patients with excessive sun damage or that smoke will need more treatments than average.

How long does PRP last?

Due to the growth cycle, you can expect to see new hair growth in approximately three to six months. Often, a series of treatments over a period of a few months is needed for optimal results. Once you have achieved your desired results, maintenance treatments may be required, depending on your hair condition and results.

Are there any risks or side effects?

PRP treatment is very low risk and typically does not result in any major side effects because of a person’s own plasma being used. Possible reactions experienced by a patient include swelling, tenderness of the scalp, mild pain and irritation/itching of the injected area, temporary bleeding of the injected area, and/or a headache. 

What is the healing process like after treatment?

Since PRP treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive, the healing process is quick. Sabrinas recommends waiting up to 24 hours after the treatment before resuming regular activities. 

After the treatment, do not colour or perm your hair for a minimum of 72 hours as harsh chemicals will irritate the injected areas and cause pain to your scalp.

Does the PRP injection hurt?

You may experience prickling, a pinch and a feeling of slight discomfort or pressure, especially during the first treatment. However, overall, it is not a painful procedure. 

What is the recovery time?

With a PRP hair treatment, there is typically no recovery time, and you can return to your normal activities. However, some individuals may experience a mild headache post-treatment. In addition, you cannot wash your hair right after the procedure. 

Where can I learn more about PRP treatment and if it is right for me?

If you are interested in PRP treatment for hair restoration, contact a certified provider like Sabrina Medical Aesthetics to ensure the procedure is done correctly and safely. 

To learn more about PRP treatments for hair restoration and if it is a good option for you, book a free virtual consultation with Sabrina Medical Aesthetics today!

Radiant, beautiful, glowing skin is no longer a luxury, but your new reality.
- Sabrina Binyamin

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