May 8, 2016
Hair Growth For 2016: PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, Used For Hair Loss [Video]

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is being used in the fight for hair growth and against hair loss. As seen in the below video about hair loss in women by ABC News, the new research into PRP is explained by Dr. Jennifer Ashton. PRP is one of the latest hair restoration solutions that shows promise.

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Although hair loss among females isn't something always openly spoken about often – 40 percent of the 60 million people across the U.S. who suffer from hair loss are indeed women. That's where PRP, or platelet rich plasma, comes into play and is gaining buzz for helping stimulate hair growth without surgery or drugs.

Those who have experienced hair loss after having children – due to shifts in hormones – are finding new hope in PRP. The platelet rich plasma hashtag on Instagram proves its popularity, and also the fact that PRP isn't just used to help combat hair loss, but for things like vampire facials as well.

PRP costs approximately $400 per session, and involves extracting blood and having the platelets that contain growth factors injected into the person's scalp in order to foster new hair growth.

Not only does PRP stimulate hair growth – as long as platelets and growth factors are present – they can also help the hair grow back thicker than those suffering hair loss have been experiencing during their hair loss period.

With PRP reportedly causing those who get the PRP injections no downtime – but only a possible bit of bruising and swelling – PRP appears to be a lot less painful than surgical methods of hair transplantation and the like.

The results can show up as soon as two to six weeks after the PRP treatments, or after only having two treatments, whereby PRP patients have reported the thickness returning to their hair. The time it takes for PRP to show positive effects varies, depending on whether PRP is being sought for hair loss or thin hair.

Women who have the same typical balding pattern as men, with hair thinning at the crowns of their heads, can many times blame peri-menopause. The condition can cause a woman's hormone levels to change, decreasing estrogen and progesterone. Testosterone can decrease as well, which can cause the male pattern baldness.

Those who don't have the $400 or more per session to shell out for PRP can still go for prescription meds that counteract hormonal effects upon hair. The Keranique 30 Day Discovery Set has good customer feedback. As explained on Instagram by the Toscana Medi Clinic, the PRP process can help cure thinning hair and hair baldness and loss.

"Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a technique where blood is drawn from a patient, similar to a blood test. A machine is then used to separate the blood into platelets, serum and blood cells; these elements are then reintroduced to the body to induce hair regrowth.

"The growth factors released by the platelets help to stimulate inactive hair follicles into producing new hairs, which replace the falling ones. This helps to combat both hair thinning and balding. It also promotes healing of the skin and your scalp should become much healthier over time due to active production of new tissue.

"Depending on the individual, your doctor will consult and recommend a suitable number of sessions in order to get optimal results."

The subject of hair is so important, Google's Keyword Adword Tool reports more than 135,000 searches per month coming in about hair alone, with "hair growth" receiving more than 27,000 searches monthly. The fact that "hair loss" and "hairline" and "edges" and "hair extensions" and "alopecia" get thousands more searches per month proves that folks are seriously interested in growing their hair.The term "hair transplant" gets more than 22,000 searches per month, while the phrases "vitamins for hair growth" and "biotin for hair growth" and "thinning hair" get approximately 15,000 searches per month for each phrase.
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