PRP for Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss
What is PRP
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) uses growth factors circulating within your own blood to stimulate your hair follicles to grow. More specifically, the procedure delivers growth factors directly to the location of your hair stem cells. It propagates growth. This is a non-invasive, all-natural procedure. It involves a typical blood draw followed by injection of a concentrated serum directly into the scalp.
How does PRP work?
PRP is derived from whole blood. Blood is drawn into a test tube and placed into a centrifuge to separate the components. Plasma appears as a yellow serum at the top of the test tube, separating from the red blood cells at the bottom. Separating these two components is a layer called the “buffy coat”. The plasma directly above the buffy coat layer is richest in platelets and immune cells. They are responsible for the beneficial effects of PRP. PRP contains a high level of both cytokines and growth factors. These function to stimulate inactive stem cells within the hair follicles which promotes increased hair growth.
PRP is another treatment option for those suffering from hair loss. Those that have failed with a variety of treatment options for hair loss are now seeing incredible results with PRP in combination of other hair-loss treatments. It’s a cost-effective approach, unlike other methods like hair transplantation that can range anywhere from $3500 to $15,000 per session.
The Hair Loss Dilemma
Hair loss can be a very frustrating and an extremely challenging problem to treat. It is important to see a dermatologist so that the exact etiology of the hair loss can be investigated. The reason people lose their hair often varies. It can be caused by a number of different etiologies, some more problematic than others. A dermatologist can thoroughly evaluate and pinpoint what is causing the hair loss. A detailed history and physical exam will be performed. Additionally, we will obtain the appropriate blood work to evaluate the problem.
Androgenic Alopecia, known as pattern hair loss, is a condition that is often associated with genetic factors and elevated androgenic hormones. This occurs when hormone-susceptible hair follicles shrink in size giving the appearance of hair thinning and loss in a classic and reproducible pattern. Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss. It affects 70% of men and 40% of women.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is the only FDA-approved topical treatment option for men and women suffering from Androgenic Alopecia. Finasteride (Propecia or Proscar) is the only FDA-approved oral medication for the same treatment in men. Other commonly used treatments include oral contraceptive pills and spironolactone for anti-androgen effects, hair transplantation, and now PRP.
Is PRP a treatment option for you?
If you are a man with male pattern balding, or a woman with female pattern balding, or suffer from alopecia or diffuse thinning with no identifiable cause, then PRP may be a great option for you.
Call today for more information and to schedule a consultation to see if this procedure may benefit you!