CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
Hair loss can be an emotionally difficult condition for both men and women. There are many causes of hair loss. Most commonly it can be genetic, age-related hair loss. Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount of hair as they age. Inherited or “pattern baldness” affects many more men than women. About 25% of men begin to bald by the time they are 30 years old, and about two-thirds are either bald or have a balding pattern by age 60.
Other causes of hair loss are stress, illness, trauma, medication-related, and autoimmune. Alopecia areata is a very common autoimmune disorder causing patches of hair loss.
MEDICATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS
With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped. Hair loss is typically treated with topical medications such as minoxidil and/or oral medications such as finasteride (propecia). Alopecia Areata is treated with injections or topical steroids. With correct diagnosis and treatment, many patients will experience improvement in their hair loss. With some types of hair loss, hair transplantation may be helpful.
PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
PRP THERAPY AGAINST HAIR LOSS
We have been performing PRP therapy for both male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the desired area. PRP therapy is used for a number of different treatments including skin rejuvenation, scar reduction, improvement of dark under eye circles, hair loss, and more.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS
PRP can lead to an outstanding improvement in hair loss as it contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. The blood is initially drawn in our office and spun in a centrifuge to separate and remove the PRP from the rest of the blood. Anesthesia is given to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp to strengthen and stimulate hair follicles. The treatment can also be combined with microneedling or medications for maximum benefit to the patient.
ADVANTAGES OF PRP THERAPY AGAINST HAIR LOSS
Non-surgical option for hair restoration
PRP is a concentration derived from your own blood
PRP stimulates hair growth factors when injected into the scalp
Best when performed in a series of treatments
Counteracts baldness and further hair loss
Quick recovery period
Procedure is completed within approximately 30 minutes
Extremely natural looking results
HAIR LOSS AND PRP THERAPY RESULTS
Hair loss is very individual and individual results vary with each patients. This is because there are several chromosomes that are associated with hair loss. Some people start losing hair in their late teens and have a rapid loss, others start in their 20’s and see decade of slow hair loss. As such, everyone responds to PRP differently and your doctor can help evaluate your particular situation.
It might sound scary (blood draws and needles?!), but for the most part, there’s no real risk associated with PRP. “Most patients get injections without any numbing, as there is minimal discomfort,” says Zeichner. “However, cool air or ice packs may be used to minimize pain.” In the event there is any discomfort, Tylenol after the procedure is also recommended. Bruising can occur but usually resolves within a week or two.
Minimal downtime, if any, is needed, while Zeichner adds, “I personally recommend a warm shower, as the hot temperature will enhance blood flow and circulation throughout the scalp,” he says. This means going a day (or two) without your typical hair maintenance (coloring, processing, blow-drying, etc.).
Who it works for.
Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best, says Sadick. Adds Zeichner: “PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head.” In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.
For best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient’s response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months, says Sadick.
“The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair,” says Sadick. “The general consensus is that receiving treatments every three to six months on a long-term basis are optimal for continuing to stimulate the growth factors and stem cells that are associated with regrowth and stopping hair fallout.”
It’s important to keep in mind that PRP can, and should, be a part of a multifaceted program to treat hair thinning and loss. Your dermatologist may prescribe you spironolactone or finasteride to help promote hair regrowth as well if you are post-menopausal, says Zeichner. Topical treatments, like over-the-counter minoxidil treatments, like Rogaine foam or Evolis, can also be used.