The popularity of PRP therapy is rising. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and it can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Everything from torn ligaments to hair loss can be correct with PRP. Below is more information about all the benefits of platelet-rich plasma.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma is all-natural. It is extracted from the patient’s own body and separated from the red blood cells. The benefits of PRP are made possible because of the growth factors found in the substance. It is commonly used in rhinoplasty, hair restoration, correcting muscle and ligament tears, and more. It is commonly used by athletes to heal up the healing process. It is also used in anti-aging practices.
What Are Growth Factors?
There are dozens of different types of growth factors. Each one helps communicate with cells. They encourage cellular growth and healing. Growth factors are usually a protein or steroid hormone, but there are a few exceptions. Several types of growth factors are used in medicine. They can be used during bone marrow transplantation, to help treat leukemia, and much more.
The Therapy Process
First, blood is drawn from the patient. Next, the blood is processed and separated. The plasma, platelets, and cells are all extracted. For hair loss therapy, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp, encouraging healing and cell growth.
PRP therapy can also be used alongside hair transplants treatments to speed up the wait. With hair transplants, the hair that is transplanted will actually fall out a few months after the surgery. It can take months for the hair to regrow and see maximum results. PRP can reduce this time drastically.
The early signs of hair loss are thinning hair and changes in your hairline. It’s important to begin treatment right away when you notice these signs. PRP can be used alone or in conjunction with another treatment to help regrow hair and stop hair loss.
There are several types of hair loss though. Some of these are not treatable with PRP therapy. Contact a specialist to find out if you qualify.
Seek a Consultation
If you suspect that you may benefit from PRP therapy, you should visit the office of Dr. Joseph Thomas to learn more. Here we offer PRP therapy for facial rejuvenation as well as hair restoration. We can schedule a consultation to determine what the best treatment plan going forward is. Remember, PRP therapy is for much more than hair, so you may not even realize you can benefit from the treatment until you call. We are conveniently located in Chicago, IL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!