While many of us are focused on eliminating unwanted body hair, losing the hair you wish would stick around can be a frustrating issue. Thankfully, there are treatments available now that can help.

 

What causes hair loss?

Anyone can experience hair loss, though there are a few common reasons why you may be losing your hair.

  • Hereditary history: Female and male-pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that are the most common cause of thinning hair or hair loss.
  • Medications: Thinning hair or hair loss is a possible side effect of some medications or treatments.
  • Hormonal changes: Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can commonly cause hair loss in women.
  • Stress: Generally this is temporary, but can still cause thinning hair or hair loss.

 

What treatments are available for restoration?

If you’ve tried over-the-counter products and home remedies but haven’t seen a visible change yet, it may be time to look into additional therapies, such as PRP for hair loss. You may be familiar with the ‘vampire facial,’ and this is a similar concept. Platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair is used to stimulate hair growth and uses the patient’s own plasma to treat the scalp and encourage hair growth.

Who is a good candidate for restoration?

According to Dr. Matthew Zarraga from Z-ROC Dermatology, “any male or female who is undergoing androgenetic alopecia is a good candidate for this type of treatment. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicles become quiet – anyone with quiet hair follicles can benefit from PRP treatment."

 

“PRP is an excellent alternative for patients who rather not take medications that are commonly prescribed to patients with androgenetic alopecia (like Propecia or Spironolactone), which have possible side effects. Also, PRP is great for patients who are hesitant about undergoing a full hair transplant because of scars and the associated cost.”

How often should you undergo PRP?

As with the facials, results are usually seen over time and you may not see immediate changes, depending on your hair length and texture. Dr. Zarraga typically recommends undergoing PRP three to five times and spacing out treatments by one month. Discuss with your licensed cosmetic provider which treatment, or combination of treatments, is right for you.

 

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