Hair Loss: How Does This Affect Women
By age 50, nearly fifty percent of women experience Female Pattern Hair Loss, according to the North American Hair Research Society. Thoughts on why balding occurs in females primarily center on aging as a likely cause. The truth of the matter is, we don’t know why Female Pattern Hair Loss occurs. The chief hypotheses for why women face balding include aging, hormonal changes, and hereditary factors. In this blog, we discuss Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as a treatment.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma uses platelets and plasma from the patient to activate hair follicles. Platelets promote healing and contain growth hormones that are critical to the production of new blood vessels. The entire process hinges on the fact that hair follicles and other cells need oxygen to function in a healthy way. PRP is a tool that helps rejuvenate hair follicles by healing the tissue/cells around each follicle. By increasing the available amount of oxygen that each follicle receives, inactive or slow-to-act follicles become healthier and produce hair.
The Role of the Follicle
A hair follicle is a small sac that lies at the very base of the dermis layer of our skin. The sac is highly complex and regulated by many genes. The anatomical structures that support the sac include a sebaceous gland, sensory nerves fibers, the hair papilla, and eventually the hair strand itself. The hair papilla is a cluster of capillaries that support the follicle by supplying it with oxygen-rich red blood cells, nutrients, and then removing cellular waste. That relationship plays directly into why PRP may help heal follicles that shut down.
The PRP Process
Because hair follicles naturally go through a period where they shut down to rejuvenate, it is thought that the PRP process helps to stimulate inactive follicles to open up shop again. Because of the relationship between women, aging, and changes in hormonal levels PRP may help to overcome Female Pattern Hair Loss by reactivating hair follicles.
The PRP process begins by collecting blood from the client. Because the process utilizes your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction. The blood is separated into different parts via centrifugation, and the plasma and platelets are kept for the procedure. Under topical anesthetic, a small wheel (derma roller) with sharp pins on it is rolled over the scalp. Then the plasma and platelets are injected just under the skin. Because the wheel causes a wound, the body immediately goes into repair mode. The area floods with hormones that stimulate healing. The added plasma and platelets from the injections help repair damaged blood vessels and in the process restore the cells that support the follicles.
If you suffer from thinning hair, alopecia, or Female Pattern Hair Loss, then Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy may help reverse your hair loss. Laser Clinique offers PRP in San Diego. For more information about how PRP might help reverse your hair loss, schedule a consultation with P. Alexander Ataii, M.D.