Hair loss affects approximately 320 million people in the U.S. alone, at all different ages, for various reasons. Some forms of hair loss occur due to stress, medication, illness, chemical products, and other outside factors.
Hair loss is also associated with aging, with around 80% of women experiencing some form of thinning or loss. It can also affect patients as early as their teens or twenties, usually in the form of male or female pattern baldness.
Oftentimes, this is hereditary, so while not unexpected, it is still often unwanted. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available for patients experiencing hair loss.
The approach for reversing or reducing hair thinning and balding on the scalp will depend on the cause of your hair loss. For some patients, removing the source of stress, switching up your shampoo, or even taking supplements or medicines can help to stimulate new hair growth, while others may need more extensive and in-depth treatment to help fill out the hair on their head.
At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer hair restoration treatments to patients who are looking to restore a naturally fuller head of hair. We use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in conjunction with our hair loss treatments to help stimulate follicle growth. To learn more about the procedure and whether it will help restore lost hair for you, please call our facility in Vancouver to schedule a consultation with one of our trained staff Sharla or Lily.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, sourced from a patient’s own body and run through a centrifuge to separate the proteins from the whole blood. PRP is a versatile technique that is used in many different ways, including cosmetic treatments, physical therapy, scar and surgery treatments, and more.
The main objective of PRP treatments is to help accelerate the body’s natural healing process, which is why it is especially popular among athletes healing injuries, for example. It has also made a huge wave among cosmetic professionals, as it helps to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, which can reduce wrinkles, strengthen skin, reduce blemishes, and more. When combined with a hair restoration procedure, it can help increase the success of the treatment and promote hair follicle regrowth naturally.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help to accelerate healing wherever it is administered. When applied to the scalp, it has shown incredible results in treatments against androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness.
This generally affects men more often. While it is still a relatively new treatment, the idea is that PRP treatments can help trigger and maintain natural hair growth by increasing blood headed to the hair follicles, simultaneously causing them to become thicker and more substantial.
The process for PRP treatments is simple, easy, and minimally painful. Similar to lunchtime treatments like injectables, patients can be in and out in under an hour. Once treatment is complete, you are free to return to your normal responsibilities.
To extract the platelet-rich plasma, Dr. Workman, or one of his expert staff members will take a vial or two of your blood. The donor blood will be placed in a centrifuge so the proteins can separate. Once separated, the plasma is extracted using a thin needle and injected directly into the target areas on the scalp. Patients may need regular treatments to maintain the desired results.
The cost of PRP hair restoration treatments will vary for every patient. This is a highly individualized procedure that will require a careful examination and customized treatment approach to help target your unique concerns. The final cost for PRP at The Workman Center will include fees for your medical professional, the facility, and any aftercare if needed. The extent of treatment required will also influence the final cost.
Hair restoration treatments through PRP injections may not be right for everyone. In other cases, it might be incorporated with other treatments to help improve effectiveness. Eligible candidates generally include men or women who are suffering from androgenetic alopecia, but it may also offer temporary relief to those who may struggle with stress-related hair loss or side effects due to illness or medication. It is important to sit down for a consultation with Sharla or Lily to determine if you are eligible for PRP hair restoration treatments at our facility in Vancouver.
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