A healthy head of hair still loses some strands every time you wash, brush, or style your mane. Most people lose 50-100 hairs every day as follicles cycle through routine phases of growth, rest, and shedding.
Some people, however, lose far more hair than is typical. Some 80 million adults in the US — about 50 million men and 30 million women — shed more than the usual amount of hair each day. Their hair regrowth cycle is consistently outpaced by the hair shedding cycle.
If your hair is thinning, or your hairline is receding, you probably want a natural, nonsurgical way to stop the process and reverse its effects.
Advances in regenerative medicine have produced platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that helps adults reverse the effects of unwanted hair loss.
Sasha Beatty at IVY Infusions in Greenwich, Connecticut, wants you to understand hair loss and how PRP therapy can help.
If you have family members who have lost their hair, there’s a good chance you will, too.
Genetics is the most common cause of hair loss. Male-pattern baldness, which includes a receding hairline and/or a bald spot, may begin with puberty, while female-pattern baldness usually happens later in life and usually takes the form of thinning hair or a receding hairline.
Chronic health concerns and short-term medical problems can also lead to hair loss. Thyroid disease, chronic stress, declining hormone levels, poor nutrition, anemia, and certain prescription medications can take a toll on your hair.
Hair loss caused by health conditions, a dietary deficiency, or medication can often be reversed when the underlying cause is treated. Hereditary hair loss, however, is a tougher nut to crack. Usually, hereditary hair loss can only be resolved with medication, a surgical hair transplant, or a well-made wig. Until now.
PRP therapy is a simple and highly effective way to reverse the effects of hereditary hair loss.
PRP therapy employs a concentrated serum of powerful growth factors derived from your own blood platelets. Growth factors are strong catalysts for healing and regeneration that help fuel active cellular vitality, repair, and renewal.
When we inject PRP into your scalp, it quickly begins to encourage the release of stem cells from the walls of nearby blood vessels. As the growth factors and stem cells renew and revitalize vital high-function cells in and around the affected hair follicles, new hair growth is triggered.
Even though PRP therapy can’t revitalize hair follicles in areas that have become completely bald, it can facilitate rapid regrowth in areas affected by receding or thinning hair. Most people see significant hair regrowth after three or four PRP treatments with continued improvement following subsequent maintenance sessions.
The first step in PRP therapy is a quick, in-office blood draw. Then, we spin your blood in a centrifuge machine that mechanically separates your platelets from other components in your blood. The result is your personal PRP serum of concentrated growth factors.
Before the procedure begins, we administer a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling pain from start to finish. After cleaning your scalp with an antibacterial wash, we inject your PRP serum into your scalp around your dormant hair follicles.
The number of injections you receive is determined by how much hair you’ve already lost. Most people require one injection per square inch in areas that are thinning or receding. Hair regrowth usually begins within a few weeks after your first session and improves with each successive treatment.
To find out how PRP therapy can help you reverse hereditary hair loss, you can make an appointment at IVY Infusions by calling 203-397-6865 or by using our online booking tool.