It’s being talked about widely – PRP is leading the way in hair regrowth treatment, and involves the body’s platelets being put to work to regenerate stem cells in the hair follicle, and to stimulate regrowth. We’ve touched on the process before, (read about it here) but platelets are a powerful restorative element thanks to their components, which include the immune system all-star cytokines, oxygen, and other healing proteins. They quite effectively mend damage, while creating an ideal landscape for healthy cell generation to occur. In a nutshell, they restore parts of the body to a state of pre-deterioration or damage.
In the past, we’ve looked at the processes of PRP injection, how it works, and what it can be used to treat. But, we’ve never referenced a success-story case study. Today, we’re doing just that, relative to post-partum hair loss treatment. Our patients are the best part of the work we do, and their victories bring a personal component to these articles that research can’t always capture. For the sake of privacy we’re going to keep the patient’s name confidential, but we thank them for their nod of approval on using the story.
Is losing your hair normal after pregnancy?
You might be wondering if hair loss is a normal occurrence following pregnancy, and the answer is yes – more than you’d think, in fact. During pregnancy and within the first 6-months following, it’s considered normal for hair to thin. More severe hair loss, though not as common, can occur as well. This is more often symptomatic of stress caused by the pregnancy, and related factors. A great deal of research and success indicates that PRP can treat both thinning hair and even more severe conditions.
Is there a connection between family history and post-partum?
Quite, family history can play a significant role in one’s chances of suffering post-partum depression which can, as previously discussed, ultimately lead to hair loss. In the case of our patient, family history was not a factor. PRP is a suitable treatment for hair loss, but Cornerstone also offers a wide range of services that can treat depression. For more information, visit our services page. http://cornerstonenaturopathic.ca/services/
Can post-partum hair loss affect anyone?
A fair question – many conditions will often emerge in tandem with other issues or health implications. Post-partum hair loss is not one of these conditions. Our patient experienced post-partum depression and anxiety about 8 weeks prior to giving birth, and continuing until about 20-weeks post-partum, when these symptoms began to diminish. Her blood work, including thyroid hormone, electrolytes, kidney function, liver function, glucose parameters, complete blood count (CBC), ferritin, iron parameters and vitamin B12 were all within normal limits.
Furthermore, the patient was in physically optimal state of health, both throughout her pregnancy and post-partum. She had no comorbid conditions that might’ve been related to the hair loss that affected her for 16-weeks post-partum. Moreover, the patient was not on any medications and followed a standard whole-foods omnivorous diet, moderate exercise and no supplementation. In short, post-partum depression (and therefore hair loss) can affect women regardless of age, lifestyle, race, or ethnicity.
How we conducted our PRP treatment
Four PRP injections were applied to the scalp directly in problem areas, scheduled at one injection every three weeks. Because estimating how the patient’s condition might have improved or worsened over time, a direct comparison becomes less-impactful than reporting on the immediate visible effects of the treatment. After the fourth and final injection, hair growth was significantly restored across the scalp, particularly in areas around the temples. Hair grew in thick, straight, and in line with the patient’s true hair colour.
The results were drastically positive, as was anticipated. It’s outcomes such as these that empower our recommendation for PRP scalp injections to women suffering from post-partum hair loss, particularly when there are no underlying clinical condition that would otherwise impact hair loss.
Treatment frequency may vary on a case by case basis.
As an aside, PRP’s growth stimulants make it a formidable treatment for temporary, conditional hair loss as well. If you’re experiencing hair loss, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a confidential PRP appointment. Don’t let your hair loss go untreated!