Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Rejuvenation
Hair Loss is pervasive condition in the population. The most common cause of hair is androgenic alopecia. It has hormonal and genetic component to it. It affects up to 40% of women and up to 70% of men. For many, the can very disturbing when you notice hair coming out in your brush or in the shower. Women may notice their pony-tail thinning while men will ultimately try to do the “comb-over”. Patients will often resort to wearing hats or buy wigs to cover up the issue.
Over the years, first line treatments have consisted of minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil can be messy to apply and feels oily. It can sometimes be difficult to apply to the skin as well. With any medications, there can always be side effects. This includes the antifungal shampoos, ketoconazole, as well as the blood pressure meds, Aldactone, also used for this condition. When one becomes tired of these regimens, then hair transplants become the last resort.
Fortunately, there are newer treatments now that can help in this battle. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has shown some good results and is gaining momentum as a treatment for hair loss.
- How does it work?
- What should I do before the treatment?
- How is this done?
- What do I do after the treatment?
- How many treatments do I need?
- What else would help?
PRP works by stimulating repair. There is an inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling phase. This is similar with PRP for musculoskeletal injuries. As with other PRP injections, there is a process of healing that takes place overs several weeks.
Avoid anti-inflammatory supplements and medications. Hydrate yourself. No hair products.
As with all PRP procedures, blood is drawn and spun down to concentrate the platelets. Anesthetic may be given for comfort. Injections are done in areas of hair loss. This can also be combined with micro-needling to further stimulate hair growth.
Let your head “rest” for the next 24hours. We want to give the area a chance to heal so avoid showering or using hair products. No vigorous exercise during this time. Avoid anti-inflammatory supplements and meds for a week afterwards
Our protocol requires monthly injections for the first 3 months followed by quarterly injections over the course of the year. Maintenance treatments can be done in subsequent years.
When it comes to hair, we need to be active in giving our bodies the greatest opportunity to hold onto our hair. That means having a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet along with proper exercise and sleep. Supplements can be added to help with inflammation or stress if needed. There also some topical hair supplements that can aid in controlling inflammation. Some patients may still require prescription based topicals in conjunction with their PRP to help maintain their improvements. Light therapy in conjunction with the treatments is also showing promise as well. Every individual will be unique. Combination therapy ultimately gives you the biggest bang for your buck.