PRP Beard Restoration – Solution to a Patchy Beard
Having thinning hair on your head is hard to accept but having a patchy beard is not something most men want! While there are many solutions out there for a receding hairline, not many people know of solutions for thinning facial hair. That’s where PRP comes in!
PRP (or Platelet Rich Plasma) is a great natural approach to help stimulate hair growth so men do not have to shave their beard or be embarrassed over thinning areas. Read on to find out more about PRP and the process of it!
How does PRP work?
Your own blood (PRP) is injected in areas of patchy hair growth to stimulate stem cells and hair follicles in the patchy areas. PRP injections are safe as there is no risk of an immune response because the plasma comes from the patient’s own blood. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and produces gradual results.
How is the PRP obtained?
First the patients’ blood is drawn, typically from an arm or hand. Next, the test tube is put into a centrifuge to spin the blood. Spinning the blood is what separates the platelet rich plasma (the liquid gold) from the red blood cells. The PRP is now ready to be injected into the patient.
The platelet rich plasma is injected into the face in areas that the beard is appearing patchy. The PRP works to stimulate reparative cells through growth factors. Those growth factors help stimulate the hair follicle to initiate hair growth.
PRP for hair growth is typically done in a series of 3 treatments; 1 every 4-6 weeks. Some may need more treatments to reach their desired goal. After that, maintenance treatments can be done every 4 to 6 months. Over time you will notice that your hair will become thicker and denser in the areas in which the beard was patchy.
Hair Follicle Life Cycle
The life cycle of a hair follicle has 4 different stages. The different stages are: anagen (growth phase), catagen (regression phase), telogen (resting phase), and exogen (shedding phase). The reason it takes a few months to see new hair growth is because new hair only grows in the anagen phase.
PRP Case Study
PRP is a relatively new treatment for hair loss. PRP does however have a long history of case studies and trials that have proven that it does in fact provide beneficial results.
Kachhawa, D, Vats, G, Sonare, D, Rao, P, Khuraiya, S, Kataiya,R (2017) did a study which included 50 men that were exhibiting male pattern baldness. The 50 men were all injected on the left side of their scalp with PRP and on the right side of their scalp they were injected with saline. Each patient in the study was treated with PRP 6 times. The end of the study showed that the left side of each patient’s head grew thicker and more new hairs were emerging compared to the side that was untreated; right side. (For a more in-depth explanation, click here.)
There are many reasons why men may experience a patchy beard such as age and genetics. One reason men may experience more hair loss is due to hormones. The particular hormone is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Men and women both have this hormone, however, men typically have higher levels of it. Having higher levels of DHT can cause this hormone to attack the hair follicle causing the follicle to become smaller and damaged, which leads to the hair to fall out.
PRP is a natural and safe way to help with hair restoration both for your scalp and for patchy beard hair. PRP can help men not feel embarrassed over their beards and be able to grow the full beard they always wanted!