The Facts About PRP Therapy

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If you’re suffering from hair loss, it’s only natural that you’re feeling a bit self-conscious. You’re probably angrily looking at a family tree, going through old photo albums and trying to find the genetic culprit.

Maybe Uncle Larry is the scapegoat. “He lost all of his hair by the time he was 22, so my own receding hairline must be the fault of my mother’s side of the family!” you might be thinking. But try to take a breath, put down the pitchfork and leave Uncle Larry be. There’s still hope for you…

Remember these points, and make them your mantra. Read them, say them out loud and repeat:

– This happens to a lot of people. I am not the only one.
– There are actions I can take to reverse this.
– Friends are always there for me, and my hairs are my friends.

Good job. Now, repeat these letters for 10 minutes: PRP.

Finally, read on to make sense of why we’re having you do that.

PRP therapy, or platelet rich plasma therapy, is becoming a common non-surgical procedure to combat hair loss in people, for a variety of reasons. While there are other treatments available to those who are experiencing hair loss, PRP therapy is quickly becoming the preferred method for doctors and patients for several reasons.

We’ll break down how it works, and why it’s the best option, but first let’s go through some other traditional treatments and lay out their downsides:

Topical Treatments
The most well-known brand name topical treatment is Rogaine. Its downside is simple. It doesn’t really work. Approximately 90 percent of those who use it say it doesn’t work. And if you are using it, you can’t stop, or it will stop. Does that make sense?

Hair Grafting
This is a hair transplant. To put it simply, pieces of the scalp (which include hair follicles) of a donor are taken out and stitched into you. While it’s not open heart surgery, the downsides that come along with a surgical procedure apply. It’ll be relatively painful and the recovery time will last up to three weeks. It will probably also take several sessions to complete.

Scalp Reduction
The parts of your scalp that don’t produce hair growth are removed, and the parts that do are stretched out to cover those spots up. The same downsides from the hair grafting section above also apply here. Sound like fun?

Have no fear, PRP therapy is here!

How PRP Therapy Works
It turns out that platelets, which are an ingredient in your plasma, are really good at helping to make things grow. They’re like Miracle-Gro, a squad of football cheerleaders and a pep talk from your mom all combined, but for your hair. When you receive PRP therapy, your very own blood is drawn, and then its plasma is enriched with more platelets (to put it into very simple terms). Now we have PRP, and it can be redirected elsewhere in your body via a small needle. In this case, it’ll be injected into your scalp.

Safety and Simplicity
PRP therapy is a relatively new procedure, but scientific and medical research shows that it is safe to perform. Because of that, it’s steadfastly on its way to becoming the primary means of treating hair loss (and other things, like injuries).

Overall Benefits
– Since it only involves an injection, surgery is not needed and recovery times don’t exist.
– You’ll be driving home right after the procedure is over, but don’t stop at the barber on the way—it won’t make your hair regrow that fast.
– The whole procedure should take less than two hours.
– It’s painless.
– It’s effective. You’ll be truly happy with the results. It works.
– It can be used as a supplement congruent with a different procedure.

Here at the Shiloh Vein and Aesthetics Institute, we’re best known for varicose veins treatments to patients in Montgomery County, but we’re also leaders in providing PRP Therapy.

If you’re suffering from hair loss for any reason, and you’re interested in a PRP procedure, get in touch with us to find out if the therapy will be right for you.