What Can I Do About Hair Loss?

Male or female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, can develop gradually over time as you age. Men usually get receding hairlines or bald spots, while women get hair that thins out. These patterns of baldness can be hereditary or caused by hormonal changes.

Men and women who experience hair loss may have lower self-esteem, and may even suffer from anxiety or depression. If you’re starting to lose hair, or have hair that’s thinning out, don’t let it get you down. You can do something about it.

There’s a promising treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that’s used to stimulate hair growth. Registered physician assistant Mena Abitino-Howe offers PRP therapy to clients at Boost Your Beauty Medispa in Merrick, New York.

How can platelet-rich plasma therapy help with hair loss?

This all-natural treatment uses your body’s own healing powers. PRP stimulates blood flow to your dormant hair follicles, which encourages the growth of your natural hair.

What is PRP made from?

PRP comes from the plasma from your blood. Plasma is full of platelets and growth factors that encourage healing when injected into the area to be treated. It’s been used successfully to treat injury in professional athletes, and it’s been gaining more popularity in various cosmetic uses.

What to expect with PRP therapy

When you come in for an appointment, we draw blood from your arm and run it through a centrifuge to separate out your blood’s components in order to collect a concentrated amount of platelets in a plasma solution.

We then put this platelet-rich plasma derived from your blood into a syringe and inject it into areas of your scalp where your hair is thinning or balding. It’s as simple as that. Most of our patients need three treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Considerations with hair loss and PRP

Because we’re using your blood, there’s no chance of getting a disease from someone else or an infection. While men and women just like you are getting good results with PRP, there is a call for more research to evaluate its long-term effectiveness.

One study showed a significant reduction in hair loss between the first and fourth injections. The researchers concluded PRP therapy is a “feasible treatment option for androgenic alopecia, with high overall patient satisfaction.”

If thinning hair or male-pattern baldness is starting to affect your quality of life, give PRP a try at Boost Your Beauty Medispa in Merrick, New York. Contact us for a confidential consultation today at 516-259-0363 or request an appointment online now.

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