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At Medi Tresse we offer a number of treatment options for hair loss, so our patients often ask which treatment they should try first.  This can be a difficult question for the medical staff to answer for the patient.  Because all of our treatment options have been clinically proven to show a benefit in the treatment of hair loss, they are all valid options to try. Each treatment is different, targeting hair loss from different angles, and it really depends on what the patient’s treatment goals are.  Let’s take a look a look at some of our treatment options to look at these differences.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be effective in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Alopecia Areata, and Traction Alopecia. PRP has been found to improve hair health, thicken hair, and can regrow hair by activating dormant follicles in the scalp.  What patient’s love about PRP is that they only need to come in three times for treatment over the course of three months for the initial treatment.  Typically, best results are seen in 6 to 12 months, but many patients see initial benefit in just 2 to 3 months.  PRP also tends to provide the most dramatic results for patients.  So for patients looking for a treatment that they do not need to use daily or weekly and will get the most dramatic results in around 6 months, PRP is a great option.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is beneficial in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Traction Alopecia, and Telogen Effluvium.  LLLT not only thickens existing hairs, but also increases the number of hairs in the growth phase.  The LLLT device (laser cap or LaserBand) will need to be used three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes.  Patient’s really need to commit to using the LLLT device for 6 to 12 months before they see a benefit.  It typically takes a little longer than PRP, but patients can see really great results from LLLT.  Therefore, for patients that are able to commit to the regimen of 3 times a week, and looking for an at home treatment, LLLT is a great option.

82M is a specially compounded minoxidil solution uniquely designed to stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss.  Patients must commit to using 82M daily and it typically takes 3 to 6 months to see results, although many patients will see a decrease in shedding in 6 to 8 weeks.  The results with 82M are not as dramatic as they can be with PRP or LLLT.  However, 82M is a good option for patients that can commit to using it daily and are OK with starting with a treatment that will not provide results that are as strong as PRP or LLLT.

In short, it really depends on what the individual patient’s goals are with treatment.  However, the best results we have seen typically come from patients that use a combination of treatments, as they treat the follicles in different ways.  If you have any questions about these treatments do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Posted By Your Medi Tresse Team