Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is becoming an effective tool for the treatment of alopecia, commonly known as male or female patterned baldness. Platelets contain growth factors and other chemical which are felt to promote healing and regeneration. The thought is that when concentrated and injected into the balding areas, the PRP solution stimulates the metabolism and environment around the hair follicle to promote growth.
There has been growing interest in the medical community concerning the use of PRP in orthopedics and wound healing. Its application to the scalp of patients suffering from hair thinning and baldness started approximately four years ago and recent research is now showing a positive benefit in those treated. Many people who suffer from hair thinning, have significant hair volume loss related to the hair shaft becoming miniaturized, producing a thinned look. Many people also suffer from a density loss where there are less hairs per square centimeter which also plays into the calculation of the actual hair volume. Once the hair volume reaches a 50% loss, then there is visible thinning noted.
A recent study in the Journal of Cutaneous Aesthetic Surgery from April 2014 described a significant reduction in hair loss and increased average density of approximately 22 follicles per square centimeter in the treated areas. Another study in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery in September of 2014, looked at 64 consecutive patients and described an improvement of 40 to 54% improvement of the appearance of thickness and density in those treated. Other articles describe an increase in cross-sectional area of the hairs in the treated areas, as well as thickening of the skin and increased blood vessel support which has a beneficial effect in promoting hair growth.
More clinical studies are required to prove a significant impact and to come up with firm recommendation concerning the number of injections required and how often. Studies concerning the long-term results of PRP application still need to be completed. With that said, Platelet Rich Plasma injection therapy appears to be a safe and effective tool in treating those with androgenic alopecia.
To learn more about how we can help you using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, please visit the PRP procedure page on our main website.
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