Can PRP for Hair Loss Treat Alopecia?
Posted September 21, 2020 in PRP Hair Loss Treatment
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Many people find that their hair starts to thin and fall out as they age. While this process is natural, it is never desirable. Many people try to use all manner of hair loss prevention products to slow or reverse hair loss.
Fortunately, new research suggests that platelet-rich plasma offers new and effective treatments for hair loss. Initial research shows that PRP treatments increased follicle count by about 20 percent and reduced hair loss in tension tests for nine of 11 patients. Those are some incredibly promising numbers, and Dr. Hochstein is determined to provide those sorts of beneficial results to his patients.
What Is Alopecia?
According to the US National Library of Medicine, androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition that leads to hair loss and baldness for men and hair loss or thinning in women. An estimated 50 million men and 30 million women are currently affected by this condition in the United States alone.
In men, the condition is referred to as ‘male pattern baldness’ as it follows specific hairline recession patterns. The effects are less uniform for women but usually result in hair thinning and a mild to moderate hairline recession. The condition causes hair follicles to shrink and cease producing hair.
The effects of hair loss can have an adverse impact on a patient’s health and wellbeing. Baldness can increase the risk of sunburn and skin cancer on the scalp. Lack of hair can make temperature modulation difficult, so those with the condition are continuously forced to adapt to being too hot or cold. There are also social stigmas attached to baldness, as thinning hair is generally seen as an undesirable effect of age. These factors combine to make hair loss a serious concern for many people.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is an injection treatment that extracts platelets and other growth factors from a patient’s blood. These growth factors are then concentrated and injected into the targeted tissues, causing regeneration and rejuvenation to occur. A more in-depth explanation of how PRP treatments work for hair loss can be found here.
Because PRP treatments use the patient’s own growth factors, the risk of complication or rejection is extremely low. Dr. Hochstein is dedicated to providing his patients with the most cutting-edge hair loss prevention treatments available.
Patients should consider delaying their treatment if they are currently on blood-thinning medications or have any blood-borne diseases that could impact healing.
Are You Concerned About Hair Loss?
If you are concerned about hair thinning, a receding hairline, or other symptoms of androgenetic alopecia (hair loss), please contact Dr. Hochstein’s office by calling us at (305) 931-3338 or filling our online form to schedule a consultation.