Losing up to 100 hairs a day is considered normal; however, if you are losing a lot more hair on a regular basis – you may be undergoing hair loss. Hair loss is very common in the world we live in today due to our evolved lifestyle and certain eating habits and is a great source of concern for many. However, Platelet Rich Plasma is an effective solution for hair loss that has gained popularity in Canada recently. It has become a common treatment modality in a majority of cosmetic clinics due to its convenience and effectiveness for the potential reversal of hair loss.
What is Hair Loss?
Hair Loss is when the hair that is lost is not being replaced with the growth of new hair. This leads to the progressive appearance of less and less hair on the head and may even progress to empty spaces, also known as bald spots.
What are the Types of Hair Loss?
Androgenic Hair Loss
Androgenic hair loss is the most common type of hair loss, which may be caused by genetic factors, along with changes in the hormonal levels of the body. This type of hair loss may have a defined pattern and generally presents itself with the thinning of hair on the scalp. While 45% of the men are seen to be affected with this type of hair loss by the age of 60 years, 35% of women may also be affected by it by that age.
Hereditary Hair Loss
Hereditary hair loss, as the name suggests, is usually associated with a family history of hair loss. It is non-scarring in nature and not as common as Androgenic hair loss, hence affecting only 2% of the population. The age by which both men and women may present with hereditary hair loss is 30 years, and it may be associated with comorbidities like Atrophy, Vitiligo, and Thyroid Disease.
Diffuse Hair Loss
Diffuse hair loss presents with an evenly distributed loss of hair on the scalp, unlike that seen in the Androgenic Hair loss and Hereditary Hair loss. This type of hair loss may be caused by endocrine and nutritional fluctuations, extreme forms of dieting, excessive intake of vitamin A or even stress.
Cicatricial Hair Loss
Cicatricial Hair Loss is the type of hair loss that is associated with the destruction of the hair follicle due to certain disorders affecting the body. This destruction of the hair follicle usually leads to scar formation and the permanent loss of hair in the affected region.
Traumatic Hair Loss
Traumatic Hair Loss can be of two types:
- Caused by Constant Hair Pulling
The urge to constantly pull out your hair is associated with a condition known as Trichotillomania, which is commonly seen in more boys as compared to girls. The individuals who are affected by these conditions feel gratification after pulling out their hair, and this may go on for more than 3 hours.
- Caused By Tension Causing Hair Accessories and Hairstyles
Certain hair accessories like headbands and ponytails and hairstyles that exert excessive tension on the hair may also lead to hair loss from those particular areas. Although this type of hair loss is considered temporary, it may be associated with inflammation or signs of scarring. (1)
What are the Causes of Hair Loss?
According to Alberta Health, the causes of hair loss may be generally summarized to the following:
- Hereditary Hair Loss: Due to a family history of hair loss, which is inherited from parents to children.
- Excessive Stress: Mental or Physical stress, which may be seen after surgery, illness, and trauma, can lead to hair loss.
- Cancer Treatment: The drugs that are used for the destruction of cancer cells can also affect the hair cells, leading to their destruction and extreme hair loss.
- Aging: As individuals age, their hair tends to thin out and break more easily as compared to when they were young.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a popular and highly successful treatment used for hair loss. It is basically a preparation of platelet-rich plasma, which is made by centrifugation and removal of red blood cells. This is injected into the skin in order to trigger the natural growth of hair over time and cover up the balding areas and thinning hair.
How Does PRP Work?
Preparation of PRP includes a large number of activated platelets, which are found to exhibit numerous therapeutic and healing properties. Studies have found the platelets release certain substances like growth factors and cytokines, which allow wound healing. Hence, when the Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into the scalp, it leads to their activation and release of these healing and growth-promoting substances –which trigger the regrowth of hair cells. (3)
What Does a PRP Session Include?
A PRP session may be divided into numerous steps.
- Initially, a blood sample is collected from the client, to which a chemical may be added to make it last longer and allow its proper usage.
- This is followed by the centrifugation of the blood, which is a process by which different cells of the blood are separated with the help of a machine known as a Centrifuge. This results in the separation of platelets, which are then used to make a preparation to be injected into the skin.
- The next step may include the addition of a platelet-activating agent, which will allow a quicker action of the PRP after it is injected into the skin. However, it may also be injected as it is since the platelets get activated after coming in contact with the collagen and thrombin inside the skin layers.
- The scalp, which is affected by hair loss, is usually divided into four sections before injecting the PRP to allow proper planning and control. After this, the scalp is properly cleaned with alcohol to prevent any complications and risk of infections.
- The PRP is then injected into the region of the body where hair growth is required. This is most commonly the scalp area. (4)
Who is an Ideal Candidate for PRP?
Individuals who are suffering from different levels of hair loss and require the regrowth of their hair are candidates for a PRP treatment. Moreover, those who suffer from systemic blood conditions like Thrombocytopenia and platelet disorders are not usually good candidates for PRP therapy, like the proper functioning of the platelets is required for the therapy to be successful.
How Many sessions of PRP are required?
The number of sessions which are typically required for a PRP treatment range between 3 to 4. These sessions may be spanned in a time of 4 to 6 weeks, which is then followed by maintenance therapy after every 4 to 6 months.
What is the Average Cost of a PRP treatment?
The average cost for the PRP treatment ranges between $649 to $849 per treatment. However, these prices may vary if package pricing is availed, like those available at LUCERE.
Other factors which may affect the cost of PRP treatment include:
- The Place where the PRP treatment is being availed: Some places may charge more than others due to the higher cost of property tax or rent they might have to pay specific to their locality.
- The Type of Equipment used to conduct PRP: Even though PRP seems like a straightforward procedure, the equipment used can make a great difference in the treatment outcome and the patient comfort during the treatment.
- The Experience of the Injector: While professionals who are just starting out may charge less, those with years of experience and a successful track history of patients may charge more for their expertise.
What are the Benefits of PRP?
PRP has a number of benefits as a treatment modality for hair loss. These include:
- Quick Recovery: Due to the thin needles used for the injection of the PRP into the skin, there is practically no downtime after the PRP treatment.
- Skin Healing: The injected sites are not seen to show any scarring after the treatment, as the platelets which are injected into the skin cause the release of certain factors which cause complete healing of the skin.
- Natural, Healthy Hair: PRP leads to the regrowth of your own natural hair, except that they are much healthier than before.
How Long Does it Take For PRP to show results?
It may take up to 3 months for the PRP treatment to show the regrowth of hair, as hair growth is combatively a slow process.
LUCERE – The Ideal Place To Get Your PRP
The reason behind LUCERE’s long history of success in PRP therapy is its advanced technology and highly expert injectors. The PRP system, which is used at LUCERE is considered the most advanced in the market, which can be seen by the superior results and positive client feedback. In order to access which PRP would be right for you, book a free consultation at LUCERE now and start on the journey to beautiful and healthy hair!