Thinning hair is a common issue many will face as they age. For years, there wasn’t much that could be done about it. Now new technologies can help slow the unwanted processes that lead to thinning hair, and one of the most promising is EZ PRF therapy. Read on to learn more about this exciting new approach.
What Causes Hair Loss and Thin Hair?
The causes of hair loss or thinning hair can be complex. Losing hair can be the result of hormonal changes, medical conditions, hereditary issues, or simply the natural aging process.
Hereditary Hair Loss
This is the most common type of hair loss. It’s not a disease, but simply the natural result of both genetics and aging.
Hormonal Hair Loss
Your hormones control and influence a lot of functions in your body, including hair health.
Some hormonal changes that cause hair loss include elevated levels of stress, postpartum hormonal changes, and age.
Medical Hair Loss
Medical conditions like thyroid disorders and anemia can cause hair loss. Additionally, some medications, like chemotherapy, also cause hair loss.
Aging and Hair Loss
Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal often notice that their hair becomes finer and thinner. This is because menopause causes your hair follicles to shrink, which means your hair not only grows more slowly, but also falls out more easily.
Men do not experience menopause, but as they age their hair follicles stop producing new hairs. This is one of the causes of hair thinning and balding in men.
Treatments for Hair Loss
There are several available hair loss treatments out there, but not all of them are effective.
You can try topical serums or oral medications, but these treatments can take months to work, if they work at all.
Luckily, there is an effective treatment for hair loss: PRP therapy.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma.
When used as a treatment, blood is drawn from the patient, then placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates plasma from the unneeded red blood cells.
The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the treatment sites of the patient.
PRP therapy can be used for wrinkle treatments, joint health issues, and hair loss.
At Live Medspa, we offer a form of PRP therapy called EZ PRF.
What Is EZ PRF?
PRF stands for platelet-rich fibrin.
EZ PRF is a specialized process that is able to separate plasma from the rest of your blood in a more effective manner. This means PRF is able to deliver more potent results.
Instead of separating the plasma, fibrin is actually separated. This is the main difference between EZ PRF therapy and PRP therapy.
What Is Fibrin?
Fibrin is an insoluble protein your body produces in response to bleeding. Fibrin is also a major component of the blood clotting process.
Fibrin is an extremely tough protein substance. It helps with blood clotting, wound healing, and overall blood flow.
EZ PRF is considered superior to PRP because it is able to collect more cells. This allows patients to get the most out of their treatments.
How Does Platelet-Rich Fibrin Therapy Work?
At Live Medspa, we have specialized medical-grade equipment that allows us to draw a small sample of your blood and place it in a specialized centrifuge.
The EZ PRF centrifuge spins at a slower speed than standard PRP centrifuges, allowing it to collect up to ten times the concentration of platelets.
What Does EZ PRF Therapy Treat?
EZ PRF therapy can combat the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines just like PRP therapy can.
But it can also help with hair restoration to treat baldness, thinning hair, hair loss, receding hairlines, and poor quality hair.
How Does EZ PRF Treat Hair Issues?
Researchers have found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma promote hair growth by prolonging the anagen phase of the hair cycle.
Your hair growth cycle has three main phases:
- The growing phase (anagen)
- The regressing phase (catagen)
- The resting phase (telogen)
Since hormones and aging can slow the anagen phase (or eliminate it altogether), injections of EZ PRF help either stimulate the anagen phase or prolong it, allowing for more hair density and growth overall.
EZ PRF can help provide the hair follicles with the nutrients they need to promote hair growth.
What to Expect at Your EZ PRF Appointment
When you come into our Medspa for your EZ PRF appointment, we’ll begin with a standard medical-grade blood draw.
Our medical team will draw a small sample of blood that we’ll use for the EZ PRF injections.
The blood sample is then loaded into the EZ PRF centrifuge for separation.
Once we have the platelet-rich fibrin ready, we begin the actual treatment. This involves injecting PRF into the treatment sites.
When to Expect Results
Results take time with EZ PRF, since your body is working on itself. Most patients start to see results within a couple of months, if not sooner.
Benefits of PRF Treatments
Aside from the fact PRF is minimally invasive, there are several other benefits of treatment.
For one thing, PRF is completely natural. No other medications or injections are needed outside of your own blood’s nutrients. This means you do not need to fear an adverse or allergic reaction.
Plus, there’s no downtime required with PRF. After receiving treatment, you can immediately resume your routine.
Getting Started with EZ PRF
To get started with EZ PRF, contact our team of experts at Live Medspa in Doral, FL. We have decades of combined experience helping patients achieve the results they’ve been waiting for.