Hair Loss known as Alopecia
Hair loss, or Alopecia, can occur in isolation or in conjunction with disorders of the scalp or scarring. There are many potential reasons why one may get hair loss, but usually these are related to decreased growth, increased shedding, conversion of thicker terminal hairs to thinner vellus hairs, acquired or congenital hair shaft abnormalities, or inflammatory skin diseases that destroys the hair follicle. These factors may be autoimmune in origin, such as alopecia areata, due to medications such as chemotherapy or other drugs, childbearing, fever, weight loss, hemorrhage, surgical operations, illness or psychological stress, pattern hair loss (androgenetic Alopecia) due to aging and hormones leading to female pattern hair loss or male pattern hair loss; or internal diseases such as iron deficiency or thyroid disorders; infections or
- 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.