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How PRP therapy (Platelet-Rich Plasma) can treat hair loss and thinning hair

12th September 2019

Hair loss among men and women in the UK is more common than you might think. Certain shampoos and treatments promise to thicken your hair but can we trust these claims? Truly effective treatment occurs at a biological level because this is where hair loss occurs. If you’re looking to treat thinning hair, PRP therapy may be the solution.

 

PRP therapy can treat two types of hair loss:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Androgenic alopecia

 

Alopecia areata is a disease that causes small patches of hair to fall out, seemingly at random, and may go unnoticed until it occurs repeatedly in a concentrated area. The disease occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Hair doesn’t always return, and even where it does, one cannot be sure that loss won’t occur again.

Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition, named because it affects both men and women. In men, the condition is known as male pattern baldness. Identifiable by a receding hairline, and the gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp, it can affect men as young as their 20s. Female pattern baldness is often unnoticeable until women reach their 40s, or even later. Female hair loss is less concentrated, occurring more generally over the entire scalp.

 

How does PRP therapy treat hair loss?

A sample of your blood is spun at rapid speed in a machine, which separates the platelet-rich plasma from your other cells. This plasma is then injected directly beneath your skin to stimulate the stem cells in your hair follicles, promoting the growth phase of hair. It’s thought that PRP therapy also stimulates blood vessel formation, which increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles.

 

PRP for hair loss results

Results vary between individuals, depending upon the way your hair grows and how long hair has been missing from the treatment area. Usually, the sooner treatment occurs, the higher the chance of your hair follicles reacting positively and promptly. As well as stimulating new hair growth, PRP therapy can also strengthen and thicken your existing hair, improving the cosmetic appearance of the treatment area. Top-up treatments are necessary to maintain your results, which usually take up to 6 months to develop. Hair loss cannot be completely prevented, even with biological treatment, but regular PRP treatment could see profound change in the thickness and strength of your hair, and perhaps even some regrowth.

 

If you are considering PRP therapy with a licensed professional in Manchester, Lumiere Clinic are here to deliver the safest and highest-quality treatment. To book an initial consultation, call 0161 236 6500, or send us an email at info@lumiereclinic.co.uk

Lumiere Skin Clinic | Manchester