Yahoo! Lifestyle published an article on May 7 (2019) that might be of interest to people suffering from hair loss. The point of the article was to discuss five hair loss treatments recommended by experts. On that list was PRP therapy. That's not surprising, says a Salt Lake City-based training organization known as the Advance Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).
Among other things, the Institute teaches PRP therapy as a treatment for alopecia, otherwise known as male pattern baldness. Doctors completing the course know how to utilize the therapy safely and effectively.
So why are doctors starting to recommend PRP more often for hair loss? There are quite a few reasons. Let's begin with the idea of recommending a natural treatment.
As Natural As the Body
Some of the best-known hair loss treatments are by no means natural. Pharmaceuticals are not, nor is hair replacement surgery. One of the strengths of PRP therapy is that it is as natural as one can get. A PRP procedure uses the patient's own blood to harvest platelets that are then injected into the skull to promote new hair growth.
Since the PRP must remain minimally manipulated in order to be allowed under FDA rules, doctors are not adding foreign substances to processed platelets. The substance injected into the patient's scalp is little more than plasma, platelets, and growth factors.
It is Minimally Invasive
While it's true that pharmaceuticals and artificial hair pieces are completely noninvasive, PRP therapy is the next best thing in terms of invasiveness. Only needles are used to perform the procedure. Compared to hair replacement surgery, PRP therapy is considerably less invasive.
The average patient undergoes the procedure and then gets back to normal activity after just a few hours. There are no long recovery times and very little risk of complications. A PRP procedure is no more risky than a blood draw or inoculation.
It Gets to the Root of the Problem
Finally, PRP therapy gets to the root of the problem. When you're talking alopecia, the problem are follicles that no longer naturally produce hair. This most often occurs as a result of the body having fewer resources to work with. PRP provide some of those resources while also signaling in the body to get busy doing what it's supposed to do.
It should be noted that PRP therapy isn't the right solution for every case of hair loss. It is ideally intended for people suffering from alopecia for no more than five years. It is generally not the right choice for people whose hair loss is the result of an underlying medical cause. It's also not a good fit for people with certain kinds of scalp diseases.
Technique May Vary
One of the important takeaways of the Yahoo! story is that technique may vary from one doctor to the next. Some prefer to use straight needles while others prefer micro-needling. Some doctors combine PRP therapy with nutritional supplements, topical treatments, and even laser therapy.
It's incumbent upon the patient to speak with his or her doctor to learn as much as possible about the procedure before undergoing it. If what that doctor plans to do doesn't seem right, there's nothing wrong with walking away. Patients are free to seek second and third opinions from other doctors offering PRP therapy.
Doctors are recommending PRP therapy for hair loss more often. The procedure is natural, minimally invasive, safe, and capable of getting to the very root of the problem. If you suffer from alopecia, you now have another choice to look at.