“Bald is Beautiful” or “Bald is Bad” – it just depends on who you talk to. Some men choose to get in front of their receding hairlines by shaving their heads.  Others will do whatever it takes to hang on to their hair – or the appearance that they have some.

Hair loss and thinning hair are not just problems affecting men.  Androgenic alopecia (all over hair loss) and alopecia areata (hair falls out in round patches) also affect women.

So, if you are losing your hair, what are your options?  Drugs and topical preparations designed to regrow hair come with a long list of warnings and possible side effects, and don’t work for everyone. Hair Transplants are a surgical procedure that comes with all the risks of surgery. And toupees or wigs often look embarrassingly fake. Plus, hair loss often gets worse in the area covered by the hair piece.

The good news is that Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP, is becoming more common as a way to treat all types of hair loss including male pattern baldness and alopecia.

Since the platelets are drawn from your own blood there is little risk of side effects. Once injected into your scalp, the growth factors in the platelets stimulate your follicles to grow hair.  It also helps slow your rate of hair loss.

PRP Therapy for hair loss is a quick out-patient procedure and patients report seeing results within a few months.

Good Morning America featured PRP Therapy for hair loss on a broadcast in October 2015, calling it a ‘breakthrough treatment.’

One recent study concluded that PRP therapy is a “simple, cost-effective and feasible treatment option for hair loss,” and “a promising treatment option for patients with thinning hair.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4134641/)

To find a doctor who can help you decide if PRP is right for you, click on the following link. http://beforesurgery.com/find-a-provider/

 

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