Common Causes of Female Hair Loss and How to Remedy It With PRP

It isn’t surprising that most people view hair loss as a largely male concern in the form of hereditary male-pattern baldness. After all, it’s nearly impossible to walk down a busy sidewalk without spotting at least one man with thinning temples or a prominent bald spot.  

But even though millions of men do experience some degree of hair thinning or balding as they age, hair loss is an equal-opportunity problem that affects a substantial number of women, too.

Whether it’s the result of genetics, a hormonal imbalance, chronic stress, poor nutrition, illness, or harsh hair treatments, hair loss can be very distressing for women. But it’s not all bad news — fortunately, most of the most common causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated.

Here at 23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa, we’ve had incredible success helping women of all ages restore lost hair safely and effectively with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy, a natural treatment that harnesses your body’s own healing mechanisms to stimulate hair follicle renewal. Here’s how it works.

Common causes of female hair loss

Some of the hair on your head falls out every day as your follicles go through their normal and ongoing cycle of growth, shedding, and resting. While you may shed more at certain times than others, most people shed 50-100 hairs every day, on average.

The reason this natural shedding process doesn’t cause perceptible hair thinning is because new hair is constantly growing in to replace what’s lost. If the normal growth cycle is interrupted, however, or if your hair follicles somehow become damaged or blocked, you may begin to experience noticeable hair loss.   

Having a family history of hair loss is the most common cause of balding or thinning hair, for men and women alike. Female-pattern baldness, which usually occurs later in life, mostly takes the form of a widening part or thinning hair, but may also cause bald patches or a receding hairline.

Other possible reasons you may experience unexpected hair loss include:

Women who put their hair through harsh chemical treatments, use a blow dryer or flat iron regularly, or pull their hair back every day may also experience hair loss.

The lowdown on PRP hair regrowth

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a proactive, therapeutic hair restoration treatment. It uses a concentrated preparation of your own biologically active blood platelets to stimulate blood flow and new follicle growth in bald patches or areas of thinning hair.  

The special serum used in PRP hair restoration is created by spinning a vial of your own blood in a centrifuge machine to separate out the platelets. Blood platelets contain hundreds of potent proteins called growth factors, which stimulate rapid regeneration and promote healing.

Your personal PRP serum contains up to five times as many platelets as what’s found in normal, circulating blood. It also contains greater concentrations of your body’s most powerful growth factors, including:

This safe, minimally invasive approach is an effective option for women who want to stimulate hair growth naturally, without having to take medication or undergo hair transplant surgery.

Your personal PRP treatment plan

PRP hair restoration begins with an in-office blood draw. After the platelets are separated out from the plasma and red and white blood cells, they’re recombined with a tiny amount of your plasma to create an injectable PRP serum.

Here at 23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa, we use special kits for the blood draw and processing procedure to ensure a maximum concentration of growth factors and reduce the risk of infection and error.  

After administering local anesthetic to the treatment area, if needed, our Medical Director, Dr. Alice McKee injects the PRP growth catalyst into your scalp at predetermined points.

Most women can begin PRP therapy soon after their initial consultation. Each treatment activates cellular regeneration and tissue renewal for up to six weeks, resulting in new follicles and hair regrowth. If you require a series of treatments for optimal results, subsequent sessions are spaced about six weeks apart.   

If you’re experiencing hair loss, early treatment can increase your chances of restoring a full head of hair. To find out how PRP injection therapy can help you, call our office in Jackson, Tennessee, or schedule an appointment online any time.  

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