PRP for Hair Loss
What is androgenetic alopecia (AA)?
AA is hereditary, hormone-dependent pattern hair loss in women and men. AA is a common cause of hair loss affecting up to 85% of men and 40% of women. AA causes hair thinning and baldness in a familiar pattern. AA often leads to distress for the patient, impacting identity, self-image and esteem, well-being and quality of life.
Women affected by AA experience gradual thinning of scalp hair and widening of the part over months to years that results in diffuse thinning over the crown and a receding hairline. A degree of AA affects two-thirds of postmenopausal women.
Surgical hair restoration is costly and carries considerable risk. Nonsurgical hair restoration results are not immediate and may not be as dramatic, but they do not have the risks or recovery associated with surgical options.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is regenerative therapy for AA. It is safe and effective hair restoration treatment for men and women. Many scientific studies have shown that PRP therapy increases hair count, thickness and growth. PRP for hair restoration increases shine, vitality and pliability and reduces hair breakage.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrate made from your own blood (autologous) that contains therapeutic amounts of platelets and other components that trigger hair growth.
While platelets are best known for their blood clotting ability, they are a natural reservoir of hundreds of biologically active proteins called growth factors that play a key role in wound healing and tissue repair. PRP harnesses the power of your body’s natural healing abilities to promote follicle regeneration, and hair growth.
How is PRP made?
A small amount of your blood is drawn and spun to separate the platelets from other blood cells to increase platelet concentrations. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma is full of biologically active growth factors ready for injection.
The PRP treatment
The PRP is injected over the thinning areas in the scalp. The procedure itself is a short duration. The activated growth factors stimulate dormant hair follicles to wake up. Recent studies report that microneedling combined with PRP allows the plasma rich proteins to penetrate the scalp delivering better results than the use of PRP alone. PRP and microneedling can be combined with medications like Minoxidil for even better results.
Side effects are minimal but may include pain at the injection site. Discomfort usually resolves within a few days with the use of ice packs and Tylenol. There may be some bruising which will also resolve within a week. Initially you may find you are losing less hair than you have come to expect. Studies report that three monthly sessions of PRP followed by a 3-6-month maintenance period produced measurable improvements in hair density and regrowth.
How does PRP work?
Hair follicles are complex and grow in specific cycles. The growth factors act as biological switches that improve the function of hair follicles and promote hair growth.
PRP injections soak the scalp and hair follicles in the concentrated plasma and the numerous growth factors to treat inflammation, improve circulation, promote hair growth and thickening of existing hair. Studies report that PRP promotes hair growth by prolonging the growth phase of the hair cycle, as well as, waking up dormant hair follicles.
Who is a good candidate?
The therapy works best when the hair loss is recent and when there are many dormant hair follicles. The best way to determine if PRP therapy for hair restoration is right for you, is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rachel White.
Dr. White is a board certified dermatologist with the expertise and know-how to help you regain your confidence and improve your appearance with many minimally-invasive and noninvasive procedures.