When you look in the mirror, are you noticing your strands of hair looking a bit sparse? When bits of your scalp start showing through it can be embarrassing and leave many men feeling insecure about their appearance and resistant to interact in social situations. Rest assured you are not alone in this fight. In the U.S. alone, as many as 50 million men battle the effects of thinning hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia. It is natural for a man’s hair to thin over time, but that does not mean you have to live with it. ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, offers a nonsurgical hair restoration option with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. These injections stimulate hair growth so you can run your fingers through a thick head of hair once again. Read on to learn about PRP, its benefits and results that can be produced by the trained professionals at ZO Skin Centre with this innovative treatment.
Help! I think my hair is thinning
When a man's hair begins to thin, his age is not necessarily always the issue. Hair loss and thinning hair affect men of varying ages. One thing is for sure, knowing the signs of thinning hair can help you tackle the issue early on. Hair loss typically begins, along the forehead. You have probably known male friends or family members who have a receding hairline. Even a glance at a photo of yourself from five years ago can highlight the subtle changes in your hairline that you may not have realized. A quick trick to check for thinning hair is to part your hair down the middle and see how much scalp is revealed. If you notice quite a bit of white scalp becoming increasingly evident, it may be time to explore PRP injections.
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For men who are seeking an alternative to surgical hair transplants, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are becoming a popular option. The PRP is injected into the scalp and in turn, stimulates hair growth. The injections are derived from the patient's own blood supply that is usually drawn from their arm. The blood is then spun in a centrifuged and separated into three parts, platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. The plasma within the blood is comprised of proteins and water which circulates through the body’s bloodstream, stimulating healing. During PRP treatments, concentrations of a person’s own platelets, via plasma, are injected in large quantities into the targeted areas, releasing essential growth proteins.
Am I a candidate for PRP therapy?
Hey, guys…you're not alone in the battle against thinning hair. Many women will also encounter unwanted symptoms of thinning hair. There are many reasons why hair starts to thin, including age and hereditary conditions such as androgenic alopecia. Hair follicles that become dormant and hormonal changes such as menopause may result in hair loss, which also can occur as part of the natural aging process. Dallas area men and women who are noticing rapid hair loss are prime candidates for PRP. The longer you wait to do nothing with this condition, the harder it is to treat.
During your initial consultation with the professionally-trained staff at ZO Skin Centre, our team will meet with you and ask you about your health history. PRP, in most instances, is not recommended for the following patients:
Those on blood thinners
Those who suffer from a hormone imbalance
Those who struggle with chronic medical conditions such as lupus
Those who are heavy smokers
Those with a history of alcohol or drug use
For those who are deemed viable candidates, with successful treatments of PRP, your hair may be restored in both volume and thickness. Patients love their treatment results and feel more confident about themselves.
What happens during a PRP procedure?
At ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, patients are made comfortable before a blood sample is drawn.
Patients remain awake throughout the procedure. The scalp is numbed with a topical or local anesthetic and, with an ultrafine needle, PRP is injected just below the scalp and into the hair follicles. Sometimes a microneedling treatment also can be used to create thousands of small, carefully calibrated punctures that assist in the delivery of the PRP to the follicles. Because only a tiny needle is required, most people will not even know you had anything done. Your platelets work with your new PRP procedure to assist in the healing process. Most PRP sessions take an hour or less to complete with little or no downtime required.
When will I notice the after-effects?
The numbers speak for themselves. Recent studies have shown that a staggering 80% of male and female patients experience reduced hair loss following PRP treatment. You will notice improvements in hair growth within about 4-6 months of the initial PRP treatment. Follow up appointments at ZO Skin Centre are an essential step so that progress can be monitored and, if necessary, additional treatment recommendations can be made. In most cases, between 12-18 months later, a second PRP treatment is suggested to improve the health of the follicles as the hair regrows. Repeated treatments will help to ensure that hair loss remains minimal.
You no longer have to suffer from the humiliating effects of thinning hair. Recapture your social life and live care-free knowing your locks look fabulous with the help of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The state-of-the-art technology utilizes growth factors from patients' own blood to stimulate hair growth. The time is now to renew your self-confidence with PRP injections. Call ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, today to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to help you.