Although you may think of hair loss as a primarily male problem, the truth is that both men and women can experience alopecia, the medical name for hair loss. And, hair loss can be problematic, no matter your age, sex, or other characteristics.
If you feel uncomfortable because you’re losing your hair, you may avoid social situations or be more hesitant to put yourself in the spotlight at work. How you feel about your appearance is intertwined with self-confidence, and your hair may be a particularly sensitive topic.
At Integrative Medica, Dr. Jake Schmutz and Dr. Joshua Hersh understand the far-reaching impact of hair loss. As practitioners of integrative medicine, we aim to use your own body’s healing powers whenever possible, which is one reason we offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy as an effective method of hair restoration
PRP is a procedure that harvests certain components of your blood to promote healing or repair. It’s simple, nonsurgical, and carries minimal risk.
For PRP, we draw a small amount of blood, then put it into a centrifuge that separates your plasma and platelets from the other components that make up blood. Platelets contain nutrient-rich growth factors.
Once the platelet-rich plasma has been concentrated, we inject it directly into the hair follicles where you’d like your hair restored. The PRP provides all of the necessary ingredients for cell production to stimulate hair growth. The whole process is relatively pain-free, so you don’t need numbing or anesthesia.
You may need to have PRP therapy more than once to obtain optimal results. Our staff discusses the spacing of treatments with you during your consultation.
How PRP helps
The growth factors in platelet-rich plasma stimulate natural regrowth of your hair. PRP facilitates healing in many other applications, and when used for hair restoration it increases your body’s ability to produce thicker hairs.
This treatment is especially effective for hereditary hair loss, which impacts both men and women. In men, hereditary hair loss typically appears as a receding hairline or bald patches, commonly referred to as male pattern baldness. Women with hereditary hair loss often see a widening of their part, overall thinning, or sometimes bald patches or a receding hairline.
Find out if we can help you
We are happy to discuss your hair loss with you and discuss the treatment options we provide. Schedule your appointment today to find out if PRP therapy might be the right approach for your hair restoration.