Some day, perhaps in the distant future, male and female pattern baldness may be a cureable condition. However, until that day we must rely on new and exciting treatments to slow and or even reverse the effects of androgenic alopecia (genetic hairloss). In this article, we will be going over Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) as treatment option for hair loss.
What is PRP?
PRP is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein that is derived from the blood, centrifuged to remove red and white blood cells. PRP contains several growth factors and healing properties and is used for various medical treatments including bone healing. PRP is a three-step treatment plan that requires a patients blood to be drawn, processed through a centrifuge to remove red and white blood cells and then injected in to the patients scalp for the treatment of hair loss.
How does PRP work?
Unfortunately, the science and research behind PRP is extremely limited however, PRP is thought to work by injecting growth factors and nutrients in to the patients scalp where dying hair follicles are reinvigorated and brought back in to the anagen (growth) phase. In one study, researchers claimed that PRP has sufficient theoretical scientific evidence to support it's use as a hair loss treatment however, using PRP as a hair loss treatment is still in its infancy. Clinical evidence is still weak.
Although there is limited data on the efficacy of PRP, many world renowned hair restoration physicians believe PRP is safe and effective in treating androgentic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Currently, there are two medications that have been approved by the FDA to treat male and female pattern hair loss, Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride). Consult with a pre-screened hair restoration surgeon to find out which treatment options are best for you.
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