How Vampire PRP Works to Promote Hair Regrowth

23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa, vampire PRP, Promote Hair Regrowth, Jackson, Tennessee,

Maybe you’ve noticed a major uptick in the amount of hair you see in your hairbrush in recent months, or perhaps your hairstylist detected areas where your hair seems noticeably thin. Either way, you’re not alone — hair loss is a common problem that affects tens of millions of men and women in the United States every year.

While shedding an average of 50-100 hairs a day is perfectly normal, losing much more than that can make it harder for your follicles to grow the amount of replacement hair you need to keep your mane thick and lush. And when the hair regrowth cycle is outmatched by the hair shedding cycle, hair loss occurs.

Whether your hair loss takes the form of overall scalp thinning, thinning in one or two spots, a single bald patch, or a receding hairline, chances are you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do about it.

Luckily, ongoing advancements in regenerative medicine make it possible to stop most cases of hair loss — and promote hair regrowth — by combining the healing power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with the stimulating effects of scalp microneedling. Here’s what you need to know.

The most common cause of hair loss

Finding out the reason behind your hair loss is always the first step in finding the right solution. If stress, hormonal changes, a specific health condition, or a certain prescription medication are behind the problem, addressing the underlying cause is often enough to prompt hair regrowth.

In the vast majority of cases, hair loss can be linked to genetic factors, or family history. About 50 million men and 30 million women in the US are affected by hereditary hair loss. Male-pattern baldness, which is typified by a bald spot or a receding hairline and is highly influenced by genetics, sometimes begins in puberty. Female-pattern baldness typically takes the form of thinning hair, but can also include a receding hairline.

In the past, treating hereditary hair loss generally meant undergoing a surgical hair transplant, taking medication, or investing in a well-made wig. Not so today. Now, most cases of male- and female-pattern baldness can be effectively addressed in a simpler, more natural way with PRP therapy and microneedling.  

The unprecedented power of PRP

What is this amazing new regenerative treatment called PRP, and how exactly does it work to promote hair regrowth?

To begin with, PRP is a highly concentrated preparation of your own blood platelets, which are obtained through a quick in-office blood draw and mechanically separated from the rest of the components of your blood.

Your blood platelets contain hundreds of powerful growth factors and other bioactive proteins that trigger cellular repair while promoting rapid tissue regeneration.

Although all these potent substances work synergistically to reinvigorate dormant follicles and stimulate optimal hair regrowth, platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) are arguably one of the most important. By prompting the release of stem cells from blood vessel walls, PDGFs help speed up the cell repair and tissue renewal cycle exponentially.

Here at 23 Sandstone Body and Mind Spa, Dr. McKee performs the PRP therapy for our patients. To decrease the risk of infection and ensure your dormant hair follicles receive a maximum concentration of growth factors, we only use specially designed, FDA-approved PRP kits for the blood draw and processing procedure.

Then, after administering a local anesthetic and cleansing your scalp with an antibacterial wash, your personal PRP serum is carefully injected into and around your dormant hair follicles. While the number of injections you receive is determined by your personal degree of hair loss, most people require about one injection per square inch in bald patches or areas of thinning hair.

Enhancing the effects with microneedling

As soon as it’s injected into your scalp, the PRP’s growth factors and bioactive proteins immediately begin to encourage the release of the stem cells. Over the course of a few weeks, these stem cells stimulate the renewal and regeneration of important high-function cells in and around the affected hair follicles.  

Although we could simply allow the PRP to work its wonders, we like to take one more step to enhance its effects and promote optimal hair regrowth. By going over the treatment area with an automated microneedling device, we can create dozens of superficial microchannels in your scalp that help ensure the PRP achieves complete penetration — and maximal impact — through each and every dermal layer.

The result? You can expect to see significant hair regrowth following your first PRP session, with continued improvement after each subsequent treatment, as needed.

To find out how customized PRP hair follicle regeneration treatments can help you reverse the effects of hereditary hair loss, call our office in Jackson, Tennessee, or use our easy online scheduling tool to book a consultation with Dr. McKee.  

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