A traumatic physical event, such as one you might experience in an accident, can lead to hair thinning and loss. Damages to the scalp from accident-related bruising, lacerations and even burns can cause hair to thin or fall out, in large part due to damaged hair follicles.
Additionally, the stress of an accident can actually interrupt the accident victim’s hair cycle, triggering it to shift from a growth phase to more of a shedding phase. If there are hair thinning issues already present, like the pattern baldness associated with androgenic alopecia, an accident can exacerbate the adverse effects on the hair follicles, which may already be compromised by the hormonal challenges of the alopecia.
Hair loss is an alarming event. You may feel your looks are marginalized and experience lost confidence and self-esteem. If another person’s negligence led to your hair loss, you will likely want to know if the costs of hair restoration treatment can be covered in a personal injury claim.
Since hair regrowth treatments are considered to be cosmetic procedures, insurances will likely not cover the costs. You would be well-advised to ask both your attorney and you hair treatment professional about including the cost of treatment in the personal injury damages, as they may work in tandem to help you achieve the most favorable outcome.
As far as hair restoration and regeneration, you may want to consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It is a non-invasive, drug-free, safe, and effective treatment that may be your best chance of regaining your full head of hair.
What Is PRP Therapy?
After researchers discovered that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells can help to promote hair growth, hair treatment doctors began using PRP as a hair loss treatment. PRP therapy can be done in the doctor’s office and takes just about an hour from start-to-finish.
It all begins with your own blood, which is drawn and placed into a tube. Then, the tube is put in a centrifuge, which spins it to separate and concentrate the platelet cells in the plasma. This is what’s known as platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is also rich in growth factors. Growth factors can play a significant role in signaling the scalp and hair follicles to function more optimally. The growth factors can help stimulate and enhance the activity of the hair follicles, leading to new hair growth.
A doctor injects the platelet and growth factor-rich plasma into the scalp using tiny needles that target the hair follicles. The PRP then works to fortify the hair follicles, triggering them to regrow hair.
When Should You Get PRP Treatment?
It may be a good idea for you to schedule a consultation with a hair treatment doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Hair regrowth can take time, so the sooner you can get the hair follicles optimized to facilitate hair regrowth, the sooner you’ll like what you see in the mirror and feel when you run your fingers through your hair. Schedule your consultation today.
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Dr. Robin Unger, MD, PRP New York