We’ve reached a point in time where hair loss is so common that some people believe it’s just the natural order of things. No matter how many hair regrowth products they take, there’s just no stopping it. Sinclair Wellness Centre believes that hair regrowth is not only possible but can be achieved using a natural and effective treatment.
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is an innovative procedure that is essentially the key to restore what was once lost and even improve hair growth over time. Here’s what you need to know about our PRP hair treatment in Vancouver, BC.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP treatment is not a recent innovation. It’s actually been used since about a decade ago by physicians to speed up the healing process of damaged joints. After injury or surgery, the patient undergoes PRP treatment to promote cell growth and wound healing.
The treatment starts with a blood sample from the patient that is then subjected to a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma. Doctors then inject the plasma into the affected joint, which helps repair blood vessels.
One of the byproducts of the procedure is the stimulation of collagen production. Collagen is naturally produced by our body and can be found in the skin tissue surrounding our hair follicles. Doctors then realized that this particular feature of PRP can be used in dermatological applications.
When used in dermatology, the plasma is injected into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. This will promote hair growth resulting in an increase in hair density. Optimal results are seen with at least 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and then a yearly maintenance treatment thereafter. The amount of treatments depends on a number of factors, including:
- Amount of hair loss.
Is PRP Therapy Better Than Other Hair Regrowth Options?
PRP therapy is a natural method using the patient’s own blood components. The most common side effects are redness and tenderness of the scalp, which usually subside within 24-48 hours. Compared to other options, this is a lot safer and less invasive than hair transplantation. Other hair regrowth procedures involve the use of chemicals, some of which have irreversible side effects.
One of the most appealing things about PRP therapy is its simplicity. The process only involves drawing blood, separating the platelets, and undergoing an injection. The procedure usually only takes an hour and allows you to resume the rest of your day without delay!
Can Anyone Undergo PRP Therapy?
Selecting the right patients for PRP therapy is crucial to the success of the procedure. As mentioned earlier, several factors are considered for PRP to be effective. However, we do not recommend PRP to patients that have certain conditions:
- Immunocompromised conditions (HIV, lupus, RA, colitis, being on immunosuppressants such as prednisone)
- Under-controlled medical conditions (eg diabetes)
- Blood disorders and with the use of certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding (aspirin, coumadin, Plavix, various herbal products, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
PRP Therapy Works Wonders on Our Body
While millions of people around the world suffer due to hair loss, there exists a safer solution to the problem. Platelet-rich plasma treatment is a natural alternative with minimal risks. It’s been used for many years to treat injuries. Now, our doctors at Sinclair Wellness Centre apply this procedure to reverse the effects of hair loss for our patients.
We believe that a natural approach to health and wellness is the best way to help the body, mind, and spirit. Take advantage of our PRP treatment for hair loss in Vancouver, BC. Contact us today to set an appointment.