Hair Restoration study with PRP
Men and women alike suffer from hair loss. In fact, 85 percent of men experience significantly thinning hair by the time they reach age 50 according to the American Hair Loss Association. The association also notes that 40 percent of American hair loss patients are women. There are a variety of ways to treat male pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss, and while many of the FDA-approved treatment options are effective over time, they can be costly and painful.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP may be the answer. Over the last 20 years, PRP therapy has been used to treat a number of medical conditions, most notably in the field of orthopedics. Now, doctors are turning to this regenerative treatment to deal with hair loss for good. Platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing process.
How PRP Works
When using platelet-rich plasma as a treatment technique, a doctor will start by drawing blood from the patient. The patient’s blood then gets put into a centrifuge, where it gets converted into a serum, and the patient’s own platelets are isolated. Each practice has its own way of doing this, but the end result is that a person’s own serum platelets get used for the treatments. Once the serum is created, it’s injected into targeted sites all over the patient’s scalp. The process gets repeated every four to six months, and patients can expect results within a couple of months. There are several advantages to using platelet-rich plasma over traditional hair loss treatments, including:
- Fast recovery time
- Quick, natural-looking results
- Minimum side effects, if any
- A simple, non-surgical procedure
- Few sessions throughout the year
There are usually no side effects because the treatments are made using the patient’s own blood, which means there’s no reason to suspect allergies or adverse chemical reactions. Traditional hair loss treatments can be painful and expensive. They also typically require multiple visits and follow-up treatments. Despite relatively good results, doctors are looking for better and less invasive ways to treat hair loss. PRP could be the answer.
Ongoing Research into PRP
Several clinicians across the U.S. have added PRP therapy to their list of services, but it should be noted that there is ongoing research into the effects of platelet-rich plasma therapy on regenerative hair treatments. While PRP therapy has been successful in other uses, there’s not much clinical research on the long-term effects when it comes to hair loss restoration. Still, platelet-rich plasma has been used throughout the medical field for various regenerative treatments, and it shows promising results for people dealing with hair loss.