(PRFM) Hair Loss Treatment for Men and Women
Hair loss can be a traumatic experience. Oftentimes it isn’t a sudden loss of hair but instead a slow, gradual deficit. You may look in the mirror one morning and think something looks different, but you can’t quite place your finger on it. Then, slowly you begin to notice thinning areas, to the point you’re spending more time prepping your hair or arranging it strategically to hide thinning spots. Eventually, this might not be enough, and you have to entirely change your hairstyle. In the end, there isn’t much you can do to stylistically cover up the hair loss. There are some over-the-counter products such as supplements and topical products that may help slow the progression.
There are also FDA-approved laser treatments that may help stimulate the hair follicles, but even those often show minimal results. We recommend having a specialist analyze your scalp to determine if you are a good candidate for hair restoration and if so, which treatment would be best, including platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM).
What Is PRFM?
Platelet-rich procedures have grown in popularity over the years. Previously most of these treatments were focused on improving the recovery time for injuries, such as sprained, strained, or torn tendons and ligaments (many professional athletes have undergone PRP treatments to help accelerate the body’s natural healing process).
PRFM, platelet-rich fibrin matrix, advanced technology increases cell generation in wounds and improves the development of new blood vessels. It sounds complicated, yet it is a fairly simple procedure. First, a small vial of your blood is drawn. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge, where the platelets are separated from the other blood cells and material found within your blood. Then transformed into PRFM, resulting in highly concentrated levels of platelets as well as full complements of blood clotting factors, growth factors, and proteins involved in cell signaling. Together these powerful elements help your body repair itself. For hair restoration, PRFM is injected directly into targeted follicles to help stimulate the rejuvenation of the follicles and thereby hair regrowth.
The technique first began as a medical procedure before becoming a cosmetic one. Cosmetic PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are a safe and effective option for targeting wrinkles and other damaged areas of the skin. Some patients prefer a more natural alternative to treat wrinkles or they may not be a suitable candidate for traditional fillers, PRP is a great option for them. PRP injections have many advantages, one of the most appealing is that the product is blood from your own body, so there is no worry of rejection (with traditional dermal fillers there is a small chance that the body may reject or have an allergic reaction to the ingredients). Basically, the PRP treatment takes what the body naturally produces and uses it to enhance its repair response.
Over time the practice has evolved into an efficacious hair loss treatment. PRP and PRFM have launched a revolution in regenerative aesthetics and medicine. Due to its innovative ability to stimulate new blood vessels, enhance stem cell production, and in turn create new collagen, producing new healthy skin and hair. Other treatments have not been found to be as effective in treating, increasing, and maintaining hair production as with PRFM. The approach of directly injecting growth factors and necessary nutrients provided by PRFM into the small hair follicles around the scalp is fundamental in hair restoration and regrowth.
PRP vs. PRFM
If you search the Internet, you’ll find there are many useful benefits of PRP (mentioned above), or platelet-rich plasma and PRFM, but what exactly is the difference?
PRFM is the next generation of platelet-rich plasma. PRFM is a denser, gel-like, more concentrated platelet compound, the thicker, richer substance allows a much longer platelet release time, ideal and more effective in hair restoration.
PRFM has the viscosity (thicker weight) of a gel. Whereas PRP is a liquid injection.
This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Gel injections will remain active longer as they don’t break down as quickly. This means your scalp will receive a continual release of PRFM over a longer period, this is essential in the regeneration of the hair follicles.
How Does PRFM Work?
Once the spun blood is injected into the scalp, it will immediately begin working (although it will take a few weeks before you will see visible results). By stimulating the stem cells within the area it increases the chance of hair production. It also helps open up the hair follicles. And, because the injection is a gel and releases a continual dose of nutrients to the treated area, it will help extend the hair growth cycle. (It is important to note, however, if you have had hair loss in a specific area for several years, the hair follicles might be smaller, making it difficult for hair to grow). All hair follicles have different growth cycles, in which some will remain dormant for a while before starting to grow hair again. PRFM reduces the downtown, which in turn helps you grow and maintain a thicker head of hair.
Are You The Right Candidate?
PRFM is not right for everyone. Not all hair loss is the same. Sometimes caused by a medical condition such as alopecia, illness, excess stress or physical trauma. For those types of hair loss issues, PRFM might not deliver results. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for PRFM is to schedule an in-person consultation.
Begin Your Hair Loss Treatment Today
If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing thinning hair or patches becoming the main focus, or if you are experiencing a loss of confidence because your hair isn’t as thick as it once was, now is the perfect time to address it. Many advancements have been made in the area of treatments for certain types of hair loss. One of the most innovative is PRPM injections. The best way to determine whether or not PRPM is right for you, or the best option for your specific goals, is to schedule an in-person consultation with our professional skin health experts here at The Skin Center BY CPS.