While hair loss is often considered to be a male problem, 40% of middle-aged women join the two-thirds of men over the age of 30 in hair loss. At Integrative Primary Care, Dr. Syed Farhat Zaidi is helping his Houston and Katy, Texas, area clients reclaim lost hair through an innovative technique called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to stop hair loss, call or use the online scheduling tool.
When you’re born, you have the highest number of hair follicles you’ll ever have — 5 million. Surprisingly, only a small percentage are found on your scalp (150,000, give or take) while the tiny little hairs that cover the rest of your body make up the balance.
As you journey through life, your hair follicles naturally age and die off and they don’t regenerate. While this is perfectly natural, some people lose hair more quickly than others, and it largely comes down to:
Stress can also play a role in hair loss, but this type of loss is usually temporary.
PRP therapy is widely used in orthopedic circles to boost healing in musculoskeletal injuries and after surgery. The premise behind PRP is that your platelets contain growth factors that encourage cell renewal and circulation, which work toward accelerated healing.
Seeing this potential, hair loss experts turned to PRP therapy to help boost blood flow to your hair follicles, giving them the nourishment they need to produce healthy, strong hair.
The doctors at Integrative Primary Care harvest the platelets from your own blood, which they separate out using a centrifuge. Once the platelets are isolated, they mix them back in with your plasma and inject your scalp with the concentrate. Once injected, these platelets go to work, gathering the resources necessary to strengthen your hair follicles, preventing further loss and encouraging new growth.
When you come in, one of the doctors at Integrative Primary Care sits down with you to review the extent of your hair loss and comes up with a treatment plan that best meets your goals. In most cases, three PRP treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, should do the trick. The reason the doctors space out the treatments is to allow time for the platelets to go to work. Each time you return, your doctor is better able to identify areas that need a little more coverage.
If you’d like to learn a little more about PRP therapy for hair loss, call Integrative Primary Care, or use the online scheduling tool.