For many people, the appearance of their hair is directly linked to their self-esteem. When hair starts thinning and overall hair loss is experienced, it can truly damage one’s confidence. Hair loss is usually associated with getting older or illness, however this is not often the case. For millions of men and women, many cases of hair loss are simply the result of androgenic alopecia (also known as pattern baldness), which is genetic and can happen regardless of age or health. Canada MedLaser in Toronto offers the most cutting-edge procedure to treat hair loss—PRP treatment.
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What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma is created by the plasma from your own blood! The plasma in our blood contains special proteins that aid in supporting cell growth. In order use this platelet-rich plasma to our advantage, your blood is drawn with a needle and then placed inside a special centrifuge. This centrifuge spins the blood so quickly that the plasma and platelets separate from the red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is then extracted and further concentrated, and put back into a needle for distribution in your body.
There are many uses for this injection as it has very effective results in cell regeneration and healing. Surgeons use PRP injections frequently after operations to speed up the patient’s recovery process. In the medical aesthetics industry, platelet-rich plasma is already popular as a facial treatment—you may know it as the Vampire Facial.
Using PRP injections to treat hair loss is the same, except that the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the areas of hair loss on the patient’s scalp, at the level of the hair follicles. The injections are followed by a low-level laser therapy to further enhance the effects of the PRP. The low-level laser therapy works by bringing blood flow to the hair follicle, which boosts energy and nutrients needed for hair growth. The entire procedure is very quick and will take less than an hour to complete. Treatments for hair loss are recommended about once a month for the first three months, and can then be extended to once every three to six months, depending on the patient’s results.
Who is a candidate for PRP treatment for hair loss?
PRP treatment can work for any type of hair loss, but it is typically recommended for androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is a type of hair loss that is genetic and affects millions of men and women, but appears more noticeably in men. With male androgenic alopecia, hair loss is characterized by a receding hairline in an “m-shape”, and thinning hair at the top of the head. When women have androgenic alopecia, the hairline does not recede. Hair loss is most noticed as a widening of the part in the hair and hair becomes thinner all over the head. While males can experience total hair loss, this is rare in women. While this type of hair loss is genetic, it can be exasperated by other factors such as diet, stress, medications, and hormone imbalances. Hair loss PRP treatment is most effective in the treatment of early hair loss and is also a great alternative to a hair transplant, which is an invasive and costly surgical procedure.
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What are the advantages of PRP treatment for hair loss?
Using platelet-rich plasma to treat hair loss is effective because it treats the hair loss in two ways: it not only stimulates the growth of hair, but actually prevents further hair loss as well. The PRP thickens your existing hair and gives it a healthy boost! PRP is also great because it is all natural and organic—everything to treat your body is taken from your own body with no outside chemicals used. This also means that the procedure is extremely safe as there is no risk of any reactions.
While it may take up to 12 months to fully see results as your body naturally grows its hair, some results can be seen as early as three months. The first thing that patients typically notice is hair fallout has been significantly reduced. The procedure is pain-free, minimally invasive and no downtime is required. You can also be confident in knowing that the hair growth results will look entirely natural. Once treatments have been completed, it is recommended to get yearly PRP treatments to ensure that results are maintained and further hair loss is prevented. Canada MedLaser in Toronto is committed to providing the most innovative and top-of-the-line cosmetic procedures, which is why we recommend PRP as a treatment for your hair loss. Interested in learning more? Contact Canada MedLaser today for a complementary consultation.