It is quite normal for new moms to experience hair loss after having a baby. A range of factors can cause female hair loss, and for a new mom, uncontrollable hormones, stress, and apparent changes to their body can be triggers for this condition. For most women, their hair is a security blanket. When it is falling out, it can be a stressful situation which doesn’t help anything. In years past, women, like men, only had topical options like invasive options like hair transplantation surgery. Today, both women and men have a new, less invasive option. PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy has proven to be a new powerhouse with hair regrowth as patients are seeing the results.
Lumina Aesthetics Clinic is proud to offer this innovative new treatment to our patients. If you are a new mom and worried about continued hair loss after having a baby, here is a look at how PRP therapy can help.
Why are you losing your hair after having a baby?
It is not uncommon for new moms to experience hair loss after childbirth. Due to regular changes in hormones, pregnancy can stimulate a more-than-usual hair growth pattern. Most pregnant women enjoy thicker hair during this timeframe, while fewer hair follicles are in the resting phase or “shedding.” With the hormonal changes that accompany childbirth, a large number of hair follicles will enter into this phase, causing new moms to experience a higher-than-average amount of hair loss.
When does postpartum hair loss stop?
The onset of hair loss or shedding usually starts 1-6 months after childbirth. On average, postpartum hair loss begins around three months. Everyone’s hair has a growth phase or pattern. When women become pregnant, it causes hair to be stimulated, so the growth phase is in full effect, leaving most follicles to never enter into the resting phase for nine months. After having a baby, a mom’s hair cycles back into its regular pattern. Most women deal with this temporary issue and return to their usual hair growth cycle in about 6-12 months. After a year, if your postpartum hair loss is not slowing down, then it’s time to see Lumina’s doctor for a better suggestion treatment for you.
What can you do about your postpartum hair loss?
PRP for hair loss has proven effective for both men and women. PRP therapy treatments have proven effective in combating male-pattern and female-pattern hair loss. Now moms are turning to this option to get their hair back after having children. During pregnancy, estrogen plays a role in protecting hair loss. When those levels balance out after childbirth, resting hair begins to shed. PRP therapy has been a recent advancement in restoring hair growth while offering patients a less invasive option to get remarkable results.
PRP for hair loss: How does it work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a medical treatment that doctors that been using for decades to accelerate healing in various places of the body, particularly for athletes. Studies have now proven that PRP therapy can even restore hair growth. Our blood carries red blood cells and plasma. Plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors that can stimulate not only joints and ligaments to heal faster, but also create activity in hair follicles. The use of PRP to promote new hair growth has been gaining popularity in the last few years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down as patients see the results.
Dos and Don’ts for PRP Injections
There are certain actions that you should take before and after the procedure is carried out. The same is true for things that you shouldn’t do if you want to see results and minimize the chances of experiencing negative side effects.
Shampoo and condition your hair before the procedure. This way, it is clean and free from grease and dirt particles. It provides a sterile environment on your scalp before the injections.
Eat a healthy breakfast and drink at least 16 ounces of water. This way, you will not likely experience dizziness, fainting, or nausea. Remember, blood will be drawn. If having that done on an empty stomach makes you queasy, you probably should remedy that before going.
Resume your normal activities. PRP injections should not incapacitate or inconvenience you in any way. Unlike other procedures, you shouldn’t experience drowsiness or fatigue.
Wash your hair on your normal schedule unless the site of the injections is especially irritated or painful.
Don’t use any hair products like hairspray or gel for at least three days prior to your PRP injections. This can negatively affect you later in terms of side effects.
Don’t smoke or drink heavily beforehand, if at all. This could disqualify you from the procedure, as your platelet count will be lowered significantly.
Don’t color your hair or get a perm for at least 72 hours after the PRP injections. The harsh chemicals will irritate the site of the injections and possibly cause complications. It also exacerbates scalp pain.
The Recovery Period after PRP Injections
Every procedure has a recovery period. While yours will not prevent you from doing most normal activities, the side effects and pain in the scalp will abate usually after three to four weeks.
The Side Effects Post-PRP
You need to know that you may be at risk for some negative side effects following PRP injections. While most of these are not serious, you should consult Lumina’s doctor if they persist or worsen.
- Scalp pain
- Irritation during the healing process
- Scar tissue at the injection site
- Injury to blood vessels
- Injury to nerves
Platelet-rich plasma combating female hair loss
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that generally takes 60-90 minutes. A patient’s blood sample is taken and placed in a special centrifuge that separates the platelets from the rest of the components. The PRP is then injected back into a patient’s scalp into the areas that are thinning. In some cases, microneedling will be done before treatment to create micro-channels in the scalp so the PRP injection can go deeper.
PRP therapy has proven effective for all patients dealing with hair loss. From patients dealing with alopecia areata, pattern baldness, thinning eyebrows, or postpartum hair loss, PRP therapy has provided excellent regrowth results. The Lumina’s doctors at Lumina Aesthetics have even taken PRP one step further for patients, with Umbilical cord growth factor treatments. By combining this growth factor to PRP treatments, patients can enjoy even thicker, healthier hair.
Moms experiencing an abnormal amount of hair loss are good candidates for PRP treatments. With no downtime needed, busy moms have no limitations to return to their daily routine. Some swelling, mild tenderness, and redness may occur in the treated areas but will only last about 24-48 hours. Results will vary by patient, but most women generally see new hair growth in about 4-6 months after the first PRP treatment, which steadily improves up to a full year.
PRP for hair loss is medically and scientifically proven to be a helpful, easy solution. If you are experiencing postpartum hair loss, you are not alone. Our professional doctor at Lumina Aesthetics are here to help patients. PRP therapy treatments can be a simple, viable solution to restore your hair growth and confidence, so call today to schedule a consultation.
This is one of the safest and non-invasive US FDA approved services that uses your own blood plasma, rich in platelets. This plasma contains crucial growth factors that help miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier, producing more robust hair growth. It is natural, with no down time and performed by Lumina’s doctor.
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