Cosmetic Dermatology

PRP Hair Loss

Do you wear a hat or baseball cap all the time to hide your balding pate? Women, do you wear wigs? or spend a small fortune on products for thinning hair? Do you feel helpless and lack confidence? Many view their hair as the source of their beauty and hair loss as the damning of their beauty. Hair loss has a significant impact on emotions, self-esteem and confidence, especially in women.  PRP may be the non-surgical solution you’ve been dreaming of.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that about 30 million women in the U.S. and 50 million men have hereditary hair loss. And that doesn’t include the millions of women struggling with thinning hair due to hormonal changes in pregnancy and menopause, or due to stress and other conditions. Most of whom are not good candidates for hair transplant surgery because women lose their hair all over, unlike men who lose hair on the back of the head and at the temples.

A 2015 Study found that 3 PRP treatments at monthly intervals provided positive effects on male pattern hair loss with no major side effects. PRP treated subjects showed an increase in the number of hairs and the density of hairs. Stem Cells Translational Medicine 2015, 4 (11): 1317-23

Genetic (androgenic) alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is inherited loss of hair.  70% of men, 30% of women have hair that tends to thin or pattern balding where the center is lost. A 2014 study, the largest to date on PRP, found that Androgenetic Alopecia was successfully treated with PRP in 63 out of 64 subjects. Schiavone et al. Platelet-Rich Plasma for Androgenetic Alopecia: A Pilot Study. Dermatology Surg; 2014; 40:1010-1019.

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How Does PRP Work?

Our blood contains platelets, stem cells and specific growth factors that are designed to heal injuries. By extracting, concentrating and injecting platelets into your scalp, we can facilitate

and accelerate tissue regeneration and healing, as well as improving blood supply to the scalp. PRP is a revolutionary procedure that has been used in oral surgery, neurosurgery, sports medicine and orthopedics for the past two decades with success. More recently, PRP’s growth factors and stem cells have been found to stimulate dormant hair follicles to grow hair. Hairs grow in to the center bald area. It may take up to 6 months to complete see results. The main purpose of PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles to enter the active growth phase.

The Procedure

A small amount of blood is taken from your arm. The blood is spun to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood components. The site is cleaned and numbed with local anesthetic. Before injecting PRP, your dermatologist may use Microneedling to stimulate the skin of the scalp and cause microtrama which induces healing and stimulates growth and repair.

Then the PRP is injected into the scalp in the areas to be treated. Proteins are released from the PRP solution almost immediately, and begin to stimulate hair follicles.

The procedure requires no down time and has minimal side effects. You may experience some swelling in the treated areas. It will resolve within the first 48 hours. Complete results may take up to 6 months.

PRP Applications

PRP can improve thinning hair and male pattern baldness. It is the non-surgical solution to hair loss and thinning hair, for men and women. It works for traction alopecia from hair extensions, and pony tails. Studies now show that PRP works in Alopecia areata (AA), a common autoimmune condition, causing inflammation-induced hair loss.

Who is a candidate?

Men in their early twenties commonly find their hair loss has started. PRP works on bald spots and receding hairlines. So long as you have hair growing, you would be a candidate.

Women who are experiencing or have experienced hair loss due to hormonal changes including thyroid disorders, medications, and aging, are good candidates for PRP.

Male pattern baldness that results in a total loss of hair on the top and back of the head create shiny, bald spots, it may be irreversible. If there are no hair follicles or they are not open or visible PRP may not work. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to saving your hair.

What About Repeat Treatments?

Once the patient is satisfied that the treatment works and the results are satisfactory, maintenance treatments every 2-3 years will assure their results are retained, versus, surgery which does not require maintenance. Donor hair maintains the characteristics of the donor site. PRP will not work well when there are shiny bald spots and follicles are not open or visible.

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