Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP Therapy is the most exciting new advancement in the treatment of women’s hair loss. PRP has been found to improve hair health and regrow hair. PRP hair loss treatments can be used to combat Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Alopecia Areata, and Traction Alopecia.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP Hair Regrowth Therapy utilizes the natural growth factors and stem cells in your body by isolating the platelet rich portion of your blood. From there, it assists your body in wound healing and cell regeneration. This concentration of platelets and growth factors is up to ten times greater than normal through PRP treatment.
Because of the increased tissue renewal and other growth factors, PRP injections stimulate new hair growth by reactivating dormant follicles and healing the follicle at a cellular level, resulting in healthier, thicker hair.
How Long has PRP Been Around?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy has been around for over 20 years. It is used for its wound healing capabilities in various medical specialties including cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, dermatology and other medical specialties. PRP was first utilized to treat hair loss in 2004, however it is not until recently that studies have shown its full potential in treating hair loss.
Is PRP Therapy a Safe Treatment?
PRP is very safe and has limited side effects. In every study completed for the use of PRP as a treatment for hair loss there has never been any significant negative side effects found.
Is There Research on PRP Effectiveness with Hair?
There have been numerous studies showing the effectiveness of PRP as a treatment for men and women with both androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata. Below are a few of these studies:
Platelet-Rich Plasma on Female Androgenetic Alopecia: Tested on 10 Patients, 2019
The goal of this study was to discover the efficacy, tolerability, and clinical improvement of PRP injections for the treatment of female Androgenetic Alopecia.
Results: After 24 weeks, the results were positive and encouraging. The study concluded that platelet-rich plasma injections have a positive therapeutic effect on hair density and hair diameter improvement.
A group of 30 female patients who had female pattern hair loss and were randomly assigned to receive autologous PRP injection into a selected area, and another area was injected with normal saline as a placebo. There were four sessions over the course of four weeks. At six months, there would be a follow-up
Results: There was significant improvement in hair regeneration. The study claims, “the hair pull test became negative in PRP-injected areas in 25 patients (83%) with an average number of three hairs.”
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2020
This study reviewed the impacts of PRP injections on a group of patients and measured results over time.
Results: The study highlighted success after several PRP treatments; male patients saw an impressive improvement in hair rejuvenation and growth. The primary outcome was the difference in hair density and hair count. Secondary outcomes were hair thickness increase, hair regrowth, and hair cross-size percentage increase. A minimum of three injections was recommended.
Plymouth Medical, 2018
A search of existing studies with meta-analysis calculated the overall standardized mean difference (SMD) in hair density in patients treated with PRP injections in comparison with baseline and placebo treatment
Results: Platelet-rich plasma is beneficial in the treatment of AGA. It is recommended that once a month for three months PRP should be used, followed by a three- to six-month maintenance period.
PRP was used in patients with androgenic alopecia PRP was prepared using a single spin method (Regenlab SA). It was injected in the androgen-related areas of the scalp. Three treatment sessions were performed with an interval of 21 days and a booster session at 6 months.
Results: After 4 treatments over 3 months there was a significant reduction in hair loss in all patients and a moderate improvement in hair volume and coverage. On average there was a 31% increase in hair counts.
Half the scalp was treated with PRP, half was not treated at all. Each patient was treated only once.
Results: 3 months after the first treatment, the treatment area had a significant increase in absolute hair counts as well as density (number of hairs/cm2), while the control area showed a decrease in both.
How Is PRP Treatment Performed?
PRP is a simple non-surgical treatment that is performed in the comfort of our office and takes less than one hour to complete. We take a small amount of your blood and isolate the growth factors and platelets. We then place the now concentrated growth factors and platelets into your scalp to treat your hair loss.
How Many PRP Treatments Do I Need?
At Medi Tresse, we recommend 1 treatment each month for a total of 3 treatments. It usually takes 3 to 6 months to see initial growth of the hair, but up to a year to see maximum benefit. However, many women will start to see new growth much sooner.
Contact Medi Tresse today to learn more about our Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Boston, Westchester, and Chattanooga. If you have questions about PRP injections or are interested in learning about our other hair loss treatment options, don’t hesitate to speak with a member of our team!