for Hair Loss
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments for Hair Loss
Fortunately, there are newer treatments that can help in the battle for hair rejuvenation. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has shown some good results and is gaining momentum as a treatment for hair loss.
PRP works by stimulating repair. There is an inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling phase to this procedure. This is similar with PRP for musculoskeletal injuries. As with other PRP injections, there is a process of healing that takes place over several weeks.
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.
Medications Have Side Effects
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, hair transplants become the last resort.
About Hair Loss
Hair loss is pervasive condition in the population. The most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, often called or male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It has a hormonal and genetic component to it.
It affects up to 40% of women and up to 70% of men. For many, this 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 buying wigs to cover up the issue.
How does it work?
PRP works through the release of growth factors which stimulate the development of new hair follicles and increases neovascularization or the development of new blood vessels.
It decreases inflammation around the hair follicles as well. It causes hair to go from a quiescent or dormant state to a growth phase.
How many treatments do I need?
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.
Light therapy in conjunction with the treatments is showing promise as well. Every individual will be unique. Combination therapy ultimately may be the best option for some.
What should I do before treatment?
What do I do after treatment?
What else would help with hair rejuvenation?
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.
without drugs or costly
invasive surgical procedures