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Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Hair Loss

Disclaimer: The material on this website is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning any therapy program or treatment plan. 

PRP as a Natural Solution

Growth factors are components that stimulate the growth phase of hair and stem cells, producing new follicles. Platelets, a component of blood, secrete these growth factors. The central idea around PRP treatment is injection of our body’s own platelet-rich plasma to promote growth, rejuvenation, and healing.

How PRP Treatment is Performed

Platelet-rich plasma is obtained via a double-spin technique, wherein blood is initially spun using a centrifuge to separate it into three components:

  • Red blood cells
  • Platelet-poor plasma
  • Intermediate platelet rich plasma (“buffy coat”)

The buffy coat is centrifuged again to obtain the concentrated, platelet-rich plasma that is going to be reinjected into the scalp, after the patient has been locally anesthetized.

Current Studies of PRP Treatment for Hair Loss

Scalp PRP treatment can naturally help boost your hair follicles and maintain thicker, fuller hair. In one recent study, the effectiveness of PRP therapy was assessed on patients suffering from alopecia. Effectiveness of the treatment was determined three months after through clinical examination, macroscopic photos, hair pull test, and patient’s perceived satisfaction ratings. The results yielded overall increase in hair count (measured in hair follicular units) and high overall patient satisfaction (Khatu, More, Gokhale, Chavhan, & Bendsure, 2014).

Compilation of other PRP-related research suggests that PRP is effective in treating hair loss (Gupta & Carviel, 2017).

FDA-Cleared Uses of PRP Treatment

While hair restoration using PRP treatment is fairly new, PRP therapy has been approved by the FDA to treat joint pain and has been used extensively since the 1980s in regenerative medicine. PRP therapy has also been used within the NFL to treat damaged tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.

References:
Gupta, A. K. & Carviel, J. L. (2017). Meta-analysis of efficacy of platelet-rich plasma therapy for androgenetic alopecia. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28, 55-58. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2016.1179712

Khatu, S. S., More, Y. E., Gokhale, N. R., Chavhan, D. C., & Bendsure, N. (2014). Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 7, 107-110. doi: [10.4103/0974-2077.138352]

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