Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Of all the treatments available for hair loss, there is only one non-surgical method that is custom-tailored to your individual needs, and that’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It provides better and more predictable results than topical solutions and prescription pills, and while it has been around since the 1980s, many doctors are just now discovering the true potential.
What Is PRP?
PRP is a form of non-surgical hair loss treatment that involves injecting a patient’s own plasma into the area of the scalp that is experiencing the hair loss. It occurs in steps.
- Step 1 – Dr Mardirossian`s staff will draw blood from your arm, much like going to the laboratory for a blood test.
- Step 2 – This blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun rapidly in order to separate the red blood cells from the plasma.
- Step 3 – The resulting plasma, which is incredibly rich in platelets and growth factors, is then injected by Dr Mardirosian back into your scalp in an effort to stimulate hair regrowth.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is common for men and women who have just undergone hair transplant surgery; it is thought that using PRP can help to improve healing. In recent years, doctors have discovered that PRP is also quite effective as a standalone therapy; men and women across the country have experiences slowed hair loss and improved hair growth following their treatments.
Why Use Plasma?
It is important to separate the red blood cells from the plasma before treatment in order to concentrate the number of platelets in the serum. These platelets contain growth factors that are crucial to healthy hair follicles. They include platelet-derived growth factor, keratinocyte growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor 1. These have all been shown to have a positive impact on hair growth.
Research and Evidence
The studies conducted on the use and efficacy of PRP are small-scale, which means there is not sufficient evidence to confirm or deny that this treatment can work for most individuals who try it. One such study included 11 male patients in different stages of hair loss and baldness who were given PRP and then subjected to “pull tests”. Before treatment, all 11 men had a positive pull test, which meant that a slight pull would result in the loss of hair.
After the 4th session with PRP, the pull test was only positive in three of the 11 men. This signifies that PRP can, in fact, strengthen hair follicles and potentially reduce hair loss. The same study noted a mean gain of 22.08 follicular units per square centimeter across all 11 men, which is a strong indicator that PRP can also help to regrow hair in men experiencing male-pattern baldness.
If you are curious about PRP and whether you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation or appointment with Palm Beach Plastics to learn more. You can also ask about other treatments on offer such as minoxidil, finasteride, low-level laser therapy, follicular extraction, and hair grafting.