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PRP for hair loss in women

If you are a woman experiencing hair loss, even to a small degree, you will be aware of the potential for distress and impact on self-esteem. Hair loss affects more women than you may think. Understanding the causes prior to seeking effective treatments is the best way forward.

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Understanding Hair LossWhat Is PRP?PRP Applications

In recent years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has emerged as a promising solution for female hair loss. In fact, PRP is used for many conditions, including joint problems and wound healing. This innovative and safe treatment harnesses your blood’s healing and rejuvenating properties to stimulate hair growth and improve hair health. At Derma Revive Skin Clinic, we specialise in PRP treatments, offering a natural and effective approach to combating hair loss.

 

 

Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss for Women

Platelet-rich plasma therapy offers several benefits for women experiencing hair loss, making it a preferred choice for those seeking a non-surgical and natural solution:

  • Natural and Safe: PRP therapy uses your blood to minimise the risk of allergic reactions or infections. It’s a safe procedure when performed by experienced professionals, as is the case at Derma Revive Skin Clinic.
  • Stimulates Hair Growth: The growth factors in PRP play a crucial role in hair regeneration. They help in rejuvenating the hair follicles, potentially leading to increased hair density and thickness. This can be especially beneficial in cases of thinning hair due to hormonal changes or genetic factors.
  • Improves Hair Health: PRP is not just about increasing hair count; it also contributes to the overall health of your hair. Patients often report enhanced hair texture and volume post-treatment.
  • Minimal Downtime: The procedure is relatively quick, and you can resume your normal activities soon after. This makes PRP an ideal treatment for those with a busy lifestyle looking for an effective solution with minimal interruption to their daily routine.
  • Versatile Treatment: PRP is effective for various types of hair loss, including androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness), stress-related hair loss, and hair thinning due to medical conditions. It can also be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, enhancing the overall effectiveness.
  • Personalised Care: Each Derma Revive Skin Clinic PRP treatment is tailored to your specific needs. Our experts consider your unique hair loss pattern and health profile to ensure the best possible results.
  • Long-Term Benefits: While the full benefits of PRP treatment may take a few months to become visible, many patients enjoy long-lasting results. As our specialists recommend, A series of treatments can lead to sustained hair growth and improved hair quality.


Understanding Hair Loss

Hair loss in women is an often multifaceted issue, influenced by a variety of factors. Each of these elements can contribute to hair thinning and loss in different ways:

 

Hormonal Changes

Women often experience hormonal fluctuations during any given life stage, be it pregnancy, menopause, or contraceptive use. These changes can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle, leading to temporary or prolonged hair thinning. During menopause, for example, reduced estrogen levels can result in noticeably thinner hair. Similarly, postpartum hair loss is a common experience due to declining pregnancy hormones.

 

Genetics

Just as is the case with men, women can inherit genes that predispose them to hair loss. Female pattern baldness, known medically as androgenetic alopecia, typically manifests as a widening part or overall thinning on the top of the head rather than a receding hairline.

Stress and Lifestyle

High levels of stress, whether emotional or physical, can trigger a type of hair loss known as telogen effluvium. This condition causes hair follicles to prematurely enter the resting phase of the hair cycle, leading to increased shedding. Nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet, rapid weight loss, or eating disorders can also contribute to weakened hair health.

 

Medical Conditions

Various medical conditions can impact hair health. Thyroid disorders, for instance, can affect the hair growth cycle. Autoimmune diseases, such as alopecia areata, can cause patchy hair loss. Scalp conditions like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can also lead to hair thinning.

 

Physical Stress on Hair Follicles

Certain hairstyles and treatments can strain hair follicles excessively. Tight hairstyles like braids, ponytails, or cornrows can lead to a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. Frequent use of heat styling tools and chemical treatments (like colouring, perming, or straightening) can damage the hair shaft and weaken the hair follicles, contributing to hair breakage and loss.

Understanding and identifying these factors is crucial in identifying the underlying cause of hair loss and determining the most effective treatment approach. PRP therapy, with its ability to rejuvenate hair follicles and promote hair growth, can be particularly beneficial for various types of hair loss, offering hope for patients seeking a solution.

What is PRP?

PRP therapy is a safe and tried-and-tested approach that utilises the natural healing abilities of your own blood to combat hair loss. This process involves concentrating platelets from a sample of your blood, which are rich in growth factors essential for tissue regeneration and healing.

Here’s how it works:

  • Blood Draw: A small amount of blood is taken from your arm, similar to a routine blood test.
  • Centrifugation: The blood sample is then spun in a centrifuge at highly specific speeds, separating the platelets from other blood components.
  • Injection: The concentrated platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp, targeting areas of thinning hair.

These platelets release growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. The PRP injections encourage hair growth by rejuvenating hair follicles, potentially leading to increased hair count, thickness, and a prolonged hair cycle growth phase.

The success of PRP therapy in stimulating hair growth lies in the complex interaction of growth factors within the (extracted) concentrated platelets. When injected into the scalp, these growth factors initiate a cascade of biological processes essential for hair regeneration. Key among these is the activation of dermal papilla cells, which play a crucial role in hair cycle regulation and growth.

Growth factors such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor (TGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) act synergistically to enhance blood supply and nutrition to the hair follicles. This increased blood flow brings essential nutrients and oxygen vital for healthy hair growth. Simultaneously, these factors stimulate stem cells in the hair follicle bulge, encouraging the transition of hair follicles from the resting phase (telogen) into the active growth phase (anagen). As a result, PRP helps promote new hair growth and strengthens and thickens existing hair strands.

Additionally, PRP therapy helps modulate the local immune response and reduces inflammation around hair follicles, which is particularly beneficial in conditions like alopecia areata, where hair loss is immune-mediated.

By leveraging the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy offers a unique approach to hair restoration, making it a safe and effective option for those looking to combat hair loss.

PRP Treatment Procedure

At Derma Revive Skin Clinic, we ensure that your PRP treatment is performed with utmost care and precision. Our approach is straightforward yet meticulous, focusing on maximising the effectiveness of the treatment while ensuring your comfort.

 

Initial Consultation

Your journey begins with a detailed consultation to assess your hair loss and discuss the potential benefits of PRP therapy for your specific condition.

Preparation

On the day of your treatment, we start with a standard blood draw. The amount of blood required is minimal, yet sufficient to produce the necessary platelet concentration.

Processing

The blood sample is processed in a state-of-the-art centrifuge to isolate the PRP.

Treatment

The PRP is then carefully injected into targeted areas of the scalp where hair thinning is most prominent.

The entire procedure is relatively quick and involves minimal discomfort. Post-treatment, you can resume your normal activities, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles. Many patients notice a significant improvement in hair density and quality with a series of treatments.

Specific Applications of PRP for Women

PRP therapy is a versatile treatment that can be effective for various hair loss conditions specific to women. Here are some of the applications where PRP can be used to give successful results.

 

Post-Hair Transplant Care

PRP can significantly enhance the outcomes for women who have undergone hair transplant surgery. It helps in the quicker healing of transplant sites and promotes the growth of transplanted hair follicles, ensuring a more successful and aesthetically pleasing result.

 

Menopause-Related Hair Thinning

Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can lead to hair thinning. PRP therapy can be useful for menopausal women, offering a natural solution to counteract the effects of hormonal changes on hair density and hair health.

 

Female Pattern Baldness

Androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, is characterised by thinning hair on the top of the head. PRP can be particularly effective in this case, as it stimulates dormant hair follicles, encouraging new hair growth and increased thickness.

 

Stress-Induced Hair Loss

Women experiencing hair loss due to stress or telogen effluvium can benefit from PRP. The treatment’s ability to activate hair follicles can help reverse stress’s effects on the hair growth cycle.

 

Traction Alopecia

This condition is often caused by hairstyles that pull tightly on the hair. PRP therapy can aid in the recovery of hair follicles damaged by prolonged traction, encouraging hair regrowth in affected areas. Obviously, we recommend changing your hairstyle to one that does not continue to exacerbate hair loss.

 

Alopecia Areata

This autoimmune condition causes patchy hair loss. PRP’s healing properties can stimulate the affected follicles, promoting hair regrowth in the bald patches.

 

Chemical and Styling Damage

Regular use of chemical treatments and heat styling tools can weaken hair. PRP can rejuvenate damaged hair follicles, leading to healthier, stronger hair.

 

At Derma Revive Skin Clinic

our experts will assess your specific hair loss condition and recommend a PRP treatment plan tailored to your needs. This personalised approach ensures that you receive the most effective treatment for your particular type of hair loss.

Research and Efficacy of PRP in Treating Female Hair Loss

The efficacy of PRP therapy in treating hair loss in women has been the subject of various studies and clinical trials, underpinning its growing popularity in the field of hair restoration.

Clinical Evidence:

Recent research, including studies conducted by reputable institutions, indicates that PRP can effectively treat hair loss. One notable study involved 30 women with androgenetic alopecia, where PRP treatment led to a significant increase in hair density and hair strand diameter. This improvement was observed to be notably higher than in the placebo group.

Mechanism of Action:

PRP’s success lies in its concentration of essential growth factors. These factors stimulate the hair follicles, promoting the transition from the resting phase to the growth phase of the hair cycle. This process not only encourages new hair growth but also strengthens existing hair.

Safety Profile:

PRP therapy is generally well-tolerated. The use of a patient’s own blood reduces the risk of allergic reactions or transmission of infectious diseases. Side effects are minimal and may include mild pain at the injection site, scalp tenderness, or headache, which typically resolve within a day or two.

Comparative Effectiveness:

Compared to other non-surgical hair loss treatments, such as topical medications or supplements, PRP therapy offers a more direct approach by targeting the hair follicles. This can result in quicker and more visible hair density and health improvements.

Long-Term Outcomes:

Studies indicate that the benefits of PRP treatment can be long-lasting, with many patients experiencing sustained hair growth over time. However, as with any treatment, results can vary from patient to patient, and maintenance sessions may be recommended to preserve the PRP treatment’s effectiveness.

At Derma Revive Skin Clinic, we keep abreast of the latest research and continuously refine our PRP treatment protocols to ensure that our patients receive the most advanced and effective care possible.

Pricing and Packages for PRP Treatment

Investing in your hair health is a decision that can significantly improve your quality of life and self-confidence. At Derma Revive Skin Clinic, we offer competitive pricing for our PRP treatments, ensuring accessibility while maintaining the highest standards of care.

Our PRP treatment pricing is as follows:

  • Single Session: £400.
  • Package of 3 Sessions: £864 (saving 28% compared to individual session pricing).
  • Package of 6 Sessions: £1600 (saving 33% compared to individual session pricing).

These packages are designed to provide flexibility and cater to different treatment needs. While a single session can be a great way to begin your PRP journey, our multi-session packages offer greater value and are typically recommended for optimal results. The number of sessions needed can vary based on individual hair loss conditions and desired outcomes, which can be fully explored during your initial consultation.

PRP for You

Our Approach: We understand that hair loss is deeply personal and affects each individual differently. That’s why we tailor our PRP treatments to fit your unique needs, ensuring a personalised experience from consultation through treatment to aftercare.

Our Promise: With a focus on safety, efficacy, and patient satisfaction, we promise to guide you through every step of your hair restoration journey. As a CQC-regulated clinic, our state-of-the-art facility and expert team ensure you receive the best possible care.

Choose PRP therapy at Derma Revive Skin Clinic — where your hair revival journey begins with us. We invite you to book a consultation and discover how PRP can be ‘PRP for You’, a step towards reclaiming your hair and confidence. Further questions not answered below? Feel free to get in touch with us and ask us anything you like. Our contact page is HERE

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