Let’s start with a story. A story of personal experience having to do with the topic of this article. I have a close family friend. A young person. He happened to be just out of high school. He was on some medication for a certain number of years for ADHD. Unbeknownst to his parents, one of the side effects of this medication could be early hair loss. Side effects never happen, right?
Well, it turns out that sometimes they do actually happen. And they did. This kiddo started losing hair fairly quickly so our friends, his parents, went on the search for some solutions.
Their research turned up PRP for hair loss. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. So basically, blood is drawn from the patient, it is spun down in a centrifuge, the platelet-rich plasma is extracted from the tube, and the PRP is re-introduced into the patient’s areas of hair loss.
The parents had never heard of PRP for hair loss before so they dove into the research and were shocked at how effective the research literature showed it to be. Since the research-backed up PRP for hair loss, the next step for our friends was to find a provider that knew how to perform the treatment. They found one in Dallas and started going. To shorten the story, three months later and their son’s hair was growing back. Not just growing back but the crown that had been shiny bald now was completely covered and thick with hair once again!
All through the wonders of PRP for hair loss. It sounded too good to be true if I’m being honest. But seeing is believing so I did what I do and started jumping into the research. You can do it for yourself by going to PubMed and searching PRP for hair loss. Try all of the variations you can think of. Things like:
- PRP hair regeneration
- PRP hair loss
- PRP hair regrowth
- PRP Hair rejuvenation
Just start reading some of the conclusions. It’s impressive. It’s also about time. Effective hair loss treatments for men and women have been searched for too many years. It seems that at least SOME answers have been found. Not only that but when you combine PRP with some of the more traditional means of treating hair loss, it’s even more effective.
Platelets are a component of blood, along with red and white blood cells. When a person sustains a cut or wound, the platelets are some of the body’s “first responders” that arrive to stop the bleeding and promote healing. PRP contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some types of hair loss result from damage to hair follicles, researchers initially hypothesized that PRP could help regrow hair by reversing the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia. It turns out, based on systematic reviews in the research literature, they were correct.
Since then, PRP has become a popular method of restoring hair growth. Doctors have also used PRP to treat injuries to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments, such as those that people sustain during sporting activities.
With PRP treatment, the expert simply draws blood from the patient and then spins the tube down in a centrifuge. This process happens right in the office and only takes about 10m minutes or so. Then, once the parts of the blood separate, the platelet-rich plasma is extracted and then put back into the area of hair loss. The PRP helps repair blood vessels, promotes cell growth, and wound healing, and stimulates collagen production. Physicians have been using PRP therapy for about a decade to speed up the healing process in damaged knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, and things like that after injury or surgery. PRP is still be used for joints, neuropathy, and back pain to name a few. It’s just outstanding.
Doctors then began using PRP in dermatology when researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells tend to help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
After four PRP treatments, they had about 30% more growth in thinning areas.
A 2017 study out of Italy also found male patients had increased hair and density in areas where doctors used PRP therapy.
…...it takes about three months to see an improvement. After that time, most….. patients – both male and female – have regrown 30% to 40% of the hair they’ve lost."
That’s just impressive and it’s straight from the Cleveland Clinic.
The best part of this whole story is that YOU no longer need to go to Dallas as my friend did for PRP hair regrowth. Now you simply go to the experts at Creek Stone Integrated Medical for PRP Hair Regeneration in Amarillo, TX. Our PRP hair regeneration program is cutting edge because we have taken the protocols from three top practitioners in the metroplex area and have combined them to provide you with the most comprehensive, most current, most evidence-based, and most remarkable treatment for hair loss treatment in Amarillo, TX and the TX Panhandle.
There are some that probably do not need to have PRP. This with an underlying disorder like thyroid disease or lupus. Those on blood thinners also don’t need to undergo PRP hair regeneration.
It should be reasonable to see your hair grow back to what it was approximately 5 years ago. For hair loss that has been much longer than that, it may not be as effective.
For the right patient, however, it can be game-changing with regard to self-esteem, self-confidence, and being comfortable in one’s own skin.
Call us at 355-3000 right here in Amarillo, TX, and let us help you rebound from unwanted and unwelcome hair loss.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist, Orthopedic specialist, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.