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USING PRP FOR HAIR LOSS: Dr. Rapaport in New Jersey

Posted on February 12, 2017

The commonly used term PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. For the last two decades, doctors have been using PRP to regenerate new cell growth in the body. This use has led to research to see if PRP is also effective for regenerating the growth cycle in hair loss situations. Although the ability of platelets to regrow tissue is widely known and accepted throughout the medical community, the recent usage of PRP therapy as a treatment for hair loss is still being studied and in the clinical trial phase. However, this revolutionary treatment has the ability to change the way dermatologists all over the world will respond in treating hair loss and thinning.

How Does PRP Therapy Reverse Hair Loss?

Blood is comprised of plasma which has five times the number of platelets that are found in normal circulating blood. Platelets are one of the cells in our blood, like red and white cells, with a function of promoting growth and healing. This is also the part of the blood that clots when you are wounded or have a trauma occur. Platelets contain growth cells that promote regeneration of cells in the body and speed up the healing process.

Hair growth only occurs when hair follicles are healthy. Hair follicles remain healthy by having an adequate supply of blood flow to get nutrients into the hair. If the blood flow to the hair follicles is slowed, or stops, hair loss and thinning will occur. Many doctors are publishing research that show NJ PRP treatments amplify the body’s natural healing process by introducing PRP to the hair follicle. When the follicle heals, new hair will begin to grow.

Am I a Candidate for PRP Therapy?

There are so many benefits to PRP therapy including new hair growth, thickening hair that has begun to thin, and enhancing the results of hair transplants. Many people are interested in PRP as an option for their hair loss treatment, however, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Those who have an active infection in the scalp or viral infections such as shingles, diabetes, any disorder needing blood thinners or immunosuppressive drugs are not candidates for PRP Therapy unfortunately.

Ideal candidates for PRP Therapy will also be experiencing mild to moderate hair loss. Because PRP works with hair follicles, those will excessive hair loss or where no part of the hair follicle is still present should discuss options of hair transplant instead, but still using platelet rich plasma in the process to promote rapid healing and better results.

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