As we get older, it is very normal for women to experience hair thinning. In fact, by age 40, approximately 40% of women suffer from hair loss. Even during pregnancy, hair thinning can be one of the most common side effects.
When my hair started thinning at age 21, I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening since I was still so young and it doesn’t run in my family. Hormonal changes, stress, autoimmune disorders and thyroid conditions are among the leading causes of hair loss in young men and women. So I went to the dermatologist and got blood work done as well as my thyroid checked to ensure that everything was ok. All my tests came back normal so I was told to take some iron supplements and to come back and see him in 6 months.
After trying to figure out for myself what could have caused my hair to thin, I started recounting all of the stuff that I was putting in my body from supplements to prescribed drugs. I realized then that one of the side effects of the NuVa ring, which is a form of birth control, is hair loss/thinning.
Although I’m still not 100% positive that NuVa ring caused my hair to start thinning, I brought this information to my dermatologist who then informed me about PRP injections.
At this point I had already tried taking Iron, adding serums in my hair, etc. and nothing was really working. So naturally, when my Dermatologist told me about PRP and after doing my own research, I decided I wanted to try it out.
To read more about my journey head to: Thinning Hair and Hair Loss.
What is it?
PRP also known as platelet rich plasma, is a nonsurgical hair-loss treatment during which platelets extracted from your own blood are injected into areas of your scalp with thinning hair to stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth.
Benefits from it?
PRP stimulates new hair growth and increases hair thickness.
What age should you do it?
This treatment can be done at any time where significant signs of hair loss is noted.
Common misconceptions about the treatment?
The most common misconception is that the results are immediate. You may only start seeing the results four months following your first treatment.
The cost depends on the size of the area being treated as well as how much product is needed. Cost ranges between $850 per treatment.
How many times do you have to do it? (most common amount)
Depending on the severity of the hair loss, 4 to 6 monthly treatments are recommended.
Check out the IGTV of Ana getting PRP treatment for her hair! Do not watch if needles make you uncomfortable.
For more information about PRP or the other procedures offered by Dermafina, please refer to their website https://dermafina.ca/
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