Struggling with Alopecia? Consider PRP Therapy.

Are you struggling with alopecia or hair loss? Have you looked at several treatments and wondered about the best options? You may also wonder about certain chemicals within topical treatments, especially for women in their childbearing years. Not only is it challenging to navigate your way through various options, but you may feel embarrassed and unsure of where to start. PRP therapy specialists Dr. Sameea Chughtai and Dr. Anil Shah provide this innovative procedure to both women and men. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy helps make the individual hair strand look fuller, stimulates the scalp, and encourages blood circulation. Please read through our blog and schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Scalp in Chicago, IL with Dr. Chughtai or Dr. Shah to learn more.

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is the general term for hair loss. Unfortunately, hair loss can happen to both men and women, and it occurs for various reasons. Alopecia causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Extreme stress
  • Tight hairstyles
  • Scalp conditions
  • Hormone imbalances/ thyroid issues
  • Drug side effects
  • Medical illness

Before creating a treatment plan, our doctors will first try to diagnose the reason for your hair loss. This step is critically important for determining what causes hair thinning and baldness. In addition to PRP therapy, you may benefit from supplements or medicines that treat what's going on internally. At your consultation in our Chicago, IL office, we will consider a variety of factors, including your medical history, genetics, hair loss pattern, mental health, and scalp health. Having a holistic perspective of all these items allows us to create a customized strategy that treats the underlying cause of hair loss.

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy uses your platelet-rich plasma to stimulate the scalp and reduce miniaturization of the hair follicles. It works best for patients with androgenic alopecia in the early stages of hair loss. Androgenic alopecia is often known as male and female pattern baldness. Usually, the hair loss pattern happens near the temples or for women near the part. If you have thinning hair and notice bald patches, this hair restoration treatment could improve your hair's appearance.

To perform PRP therapy, our doctors take about a tablespoon of blood from the arm. Next, we place the blood in a centrifuge, which rapidly shakes the vial. As it spins, the centrifuge separates your plasma from the rest of your blood, and we inject it into your scalp. Before injecting the nutrient-rich serum, we administer a local anesthetic and perform microneedling. Microneedling helps the PRP soak deeper into the scalp and reaches the follicles' roots. While it does not reverse hair loss, this treatment does improve the miniaturization of strands, so the fibers look healthier, fuller, and thicker.

Improve the appearance of your alopecia hair loss

Please schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Scalp in Chicago, IL with Dr. Sameea Chughtai and Dr. Anil Shah to learn more about PRP therapy for alopecia. PRP therapy is a natural treatment that can provide results for up to 18 months. If you have tried multiple treatment options, but nothing seems to work, please know that our doctors will be with you during the next part of your hair transformation journey. They will take the time to listen to your needs, diagnose the issue, and ensure you feel knowledgeable about your treatment options.