What Is PRP Therapy, and How Can It Help wIth Hair Loss?

Hair loss is a problem that affects over 80 million Americans. Studies have shown that most men and women will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetimes. Not only does hair loss cause people to lose their hair, but it may have a negative effect on a person’s self-esteem as well. 

The good news is that a new solution to hair loss has been developed: an emerging treatment called platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP treatment. This is the same treatment that can treat injured joints. There are no known side-effects to this hair growth treatment (apart from a slight feeling of pressure at the injection site), and it seems to be highly effective to combat hair loss. 

What is PRP therapy?

When PRP treatment was being developed, it was aimed toward helping people deal with injured joints or help joints heal after a surgical procedure. This treatment is done by extracting blood and putting it in a centrifuge. A machine then separates the blood platelets from the plasma.

Specialists will then inject the plasma into a patient’s scalp to encourage healing, repair blood vessels, promote cell growth, and increase the production of collagen. Studies have shown that this procedure will promote the length of the hair cycle, increasing the chances of hair to grow back successfully.

In most cases, people will need to wait around three to four months before they see any visible results. Experts say that by this time, they may be able to see a regrowth of around 30 to 40 percent of the hair they had lost. 

Who is not eligible for PRP treatment?

Unfortunately, not everybody is eligible for PRP treatment. People who have been experiencing hair loss problems for a long time might not benefit from this hair growth treatment. The hair loss has to be fairly recent for the treatment to wake the hair follicles up. Hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time are less likely to reactivate. 

Also, people who have medical conditions that promote hair loss may not be considered eligible candidates for PRP treatment. People who have a thyroid illness or lupus have conditions that cause hair loss over time. This will make the procedure useless because any results will eventually be negated. 

Can insurance cover the procedure?

The cost of a PRP treatment procedure may range from $500 to $1000 per injection. The price may seem a little high, which is why many people ask if the procedure can be covered by insurance. However, since the procedure is considered a luxury and an elective procedure that does not have a significant bearing on a person’s health, most insurance providers do not usually provide coverage for PRP treatment.

Conclusion

If you have lost a significant amount of hair and are looking for a viable solution, you may want to consider PRP treatment. However, since there may be some medical conditions or other factors that may cause the recurrence of hair loss, you may want to consult your physician to determine whether you will be a good candidate for the treatment. 

You may have stumbled onto this article while looking for a spa and beauty center that can help you with your hair loss. If so, you have found the right place! Nuluk Aesthetics specializes in hair regeneration techniques as well as other aesthetic procedures aimed to help a person gain back their self-esteem and confidence.

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