Men and women can both struggle with hair loss and thinning hair. One of the most widely known causes of hair loss is called androgenic alopecia (AGA), an inherited sensitivity to androgens. Still, there are various other causes of hair loss, including autoimmune diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. Many patients use oral medications and topical therapies to prevent and slow additional hair loss for the early stages. These therapies can be effective, but downsides include reversible and irreversible medication side effects and the requirement for continued, daily use to retain the benefits. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling are newer methods that have been shown to prevent additional hair loss, stimulate the growth of stronger, healthier hair, and increase the number of hairs on the scalp.
Cells from your own blood are separated and reinjected into the scalp to promote hair growth. This is accomplished through the body’s healing mechanisms through the activation of various growth factors.
The benefits of PRP and microneedling include:
- It uses your body’s cells, minimizing any adverse reaction to the therapy.
- It’s minimally invasive.
- It requires very little downtime.
- It’s associated with very few side effects.
- As opposed to daily use, it requires only a series of one-time treatments with benefits that can last up to two years.
Candidates are men and women who would like to enhance the quality and health of their hair. This treatment can be used alone or as an adjuvant treatment to oral and topical medications. Patients that can see benefit are those affected with early stages of hair loss or a sudden thinning of hair. Patients with later stages and more significant degrees of hair loss may be better managed with other therapies. To better determine if you are a candidate, Dr. Thompson recommends an initial consultation at his Denver office.
To see results, patients typically require at least three serial treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart.
Insurance does not cover the procedure at this time.
Topical numbing medication will be used during the procedure to minimize discomfort. The treatment will not leave scars. There may be some redness and minor bleeding, but these tend to resolve quickly.
Like other procedures, the risks include lack of treatment response, mild discomfort, crusting, and infection.
Patients can minimize risks by being honest about any potential health concerns and closely following their surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions.
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