The average human loses 50-100 hairs on a daily basis. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about; new hair grows in simultaneously, and with over 100,000 hairs on your head, this small loss is not noticeable. Hair loss constitutes the loss of hair at a rate higher than normal, after which regrowth is not occurring naturally. Hair loss can occur gradually over a long period of time (ie. many years), or it can be abrupt. It can be permanent or temporary.
Symptoms of hair loss can include:
Causes of hair loss include but aren’t limited to:
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a medical treatment for hair loss, involving three major steps: a person's blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
PRP injections increase blood supply to hair follicles, therefore triggering natural hair growth.
Most PRP therapy constitutes three treatments, 4-6 weeks apart each.
Blood is drawn—usually from your arm—and stored in a centrifuge, which is a machine that separates fluids of different densities by spinning rapidly.
About 10 minutes later, the blood will have separated into three distinct layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
The platelet-rich plasma is extracted and then injected into the areas that require regrowth.
The primary goal of PRP treatment is to stop any further hair loss. Scientific evidence has demonstrated a near complete response in patients who have initiated PRP treatment. While regrowth is possible, on average 30% of patients will have noticeable regeneration of hair. The earlier treatment is started, the higher the chances of regrowth and the better it works. Without treatment, hair loss will continue.