hair. In fact, it’s normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day – a loss
most people typically do not even notice as it is quickly replaced with
regrowth. But if you see bald patches or excessive thinning, you may be
among the 80 million adults (50 million men and 30 million women) in
the United States who struggle with the effects of hereditary hair loss.
Other names for this type of hair loss are male-pattern baldness,
female-pattern baldness and androgenetic alopecia. These numbers do not
include the millions more who experience thinning hair because of
pregnancy, menopause, stress and other health conditions.
there are more treatment options available today than ever before to
treat thinning hair. The effectiveness of different options depends on
why the hair loss has occurred, the extent of loss, and the individual
response to treatment. Generally, experts agree that treatment is less
effective if hair loss is severe. Treatment is most effective when a
correct diagnosis is done to evaluate the underlying condition.
One exciting new advance in the field of hair loss treatment is Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, therapy.
Dr. Steve Springer, family medicine physician with Imperial Health,
medical staff physician with CHRISTUS Wound Care Center, and Medical
Director and owner of Renew Medical Spa, is using PRP to reverse hair
loss with impressive results. "Many people think of platelets as the
component of blood that coagulates wounds. However, the function of
platelets is for more than just forming clots,” he explains. "When
activated, they produce special proteins and growth factors, acting as
an integral part of wound healing. It’s this function of platelets that
have led to their use in a variety of medical applications, including
wound healing, sports injuries, cosmetic treatments, and now, for hair
He explains that if the hair follicles or hair
roots are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy. Hair follicles
survive on the nutrition they get from blood supply. "If we introduce
platelets by administering PRP in the area of damaged hair follicles, it
amplifies the body’s naturally occurring wound healing mechanism.”
for hair loss is a simple, non-surgical procedure. Dr. Springer says
the patient’s blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge to separate the
PRP from the normal whole blood. Once this is done, it’s formed into a
gel that that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells and placed
into a syringe. Topical anesthesia is applied to numb the area to be
treated. The scalp is then stimulated with a dermaroller to activate the
wound healing process. Immediately, the highly concentrated PRP is
injected in the areas of the scalp where hair loss is a concern.
complete treatment time is 60 to 90 minutes, and will vary based on the
area(s) being treated. PRP treatments are completely natural, with no
side effects. They can be repeated as often as every two weeks until the
desired results have been achieved. Regular treatments may be needed to
maintain the results. For many people, this may just be once or twice a
year, says Dr. Springer.
As with any medical
treatment, PRP is not an option for everyone, according to Dr. Springer.
"The best candidate for PRP is someone who has recently started losing
hair. It won’t work for those who are completely bald, and it won’t
regrow all your lost hair. It’s a treatment; not a cure. We’re
increasing the diameter of the hair follicle, strengthening the
follicle, and keeping the hairs that would stop growing in the growing
For more information about PRP therapy, call Renew Medical Spa at 337-436-3840.