Can PRP treat hair loss?

 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that doctors use to accelerate healing in various areas of the body. It may help restore hair growth. Doctors typically use this treatment when hair loss results from androgenetic alopecia, a common condition that causes hair follicles to shrink. In males, this is called male pattern baldness. Although PRP is a relatively new approach, there is some scientific evidence to suggest that it can promote hair growth.

In this article, we describe how doctors use PRP to treat hair loss and what researchers say about its effectiveness.

To understand how PRP works, it is important to be aware of the role that platelets play in healing.

Platelets are a component of blood, along with red and white blood cells. When a person sustains a cut or wound, the platelets are some of the body’s “first responders” that arrive to stop the bleeding and promote healing. Researchers theorized that if they could extract concentrated platelets and inject them into damaged areas of the body, they could accelerate healing.

To produce PRP, a medical professional will take a blood sample and put it into a machine called a centrifuge. This machine spins at a rapid rate, which separates the components of the blood. The medical professional then extracts the platelets for injection. PRP contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some types of hair loss result from damage to hair follicles, researchers initially hypothesized that PRP could help regrow hair by reversing the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia.

Since then, PRP has become a popular method of restoring hair growth. Doctors have also used PRP to treat injuries to the tendons, muscles, and ligaments, such as those that people sustain during sporting activities.

In 2019, a team of researchers carried out a systematic review of the research on PRP as a treatment for hair loss. Their findings appear in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The analysis ultimately focused on 11 research papers that included a total of 262 participants with androgenetic alopecia. According to the authors, most of the studies found that injections of PRP reduced hair loss and increased the diameter of hairs and the density of hair growth. They acknowledged, however, that the treatment is controversial, noting that small sample sizes and low quality of research were among the limiting factors of their investigation.

Another 2019 systematic review, which featured in Dermatologic SurgeryTrusted Source, examined the findings of 19 studies investigating PRP as a treatment for hair loss. These studies recruited 460 people in total. According to the authors of the review, most studies reported that PRP treatments led to hair regrowth in those with androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. The authors of an additional review of clinical studies, which the International Journal of Women’s DermatologyTrusted Source published, considered PRP to be a “promising” treatment for hair loss, based on their findings. However, the team noted that because various researchers and clinics use different preparations, session intervals, and injection techniques to administer PRP, its effects can vary.

At this point, without a standardized protocol for injections, the authors explain, it is difficult to conclude that the treatment is effective.

The following steps are an example of a common approach to PRP injections for hair loss:

  • A medical professional draws blood from a vein in the arm.
  • They place the blood sample in a centrifuge.
  • The centrifuge spins the blood, separating its components.
  • A medical professional extracts the platelets using a syringe.
  • A doctor injects the platelets into targeted areas of the scalp.

The entire process may take about 1 hour, and several sessions may be necessary. After receiving PRP treatment, a person can usually return to their regular activities without any limitations.

PRP is not a cure for conditions that cause hair loss. For this reason, a person would need to receive multiple PRP treatments over time to maintain hair growth results. The same is true of medications that doctors commonly use to treat androgenetic alopecia, such as topical minoxidil (Regaine) and oral finasteride (Propecia).

The doctor’s recommendations for how often a person should have PRP will vary depending on a person’s condition and the results of their initial treatment. The doctor may suggest having maintenance injections every 3–6 monthsTrusted Source once hair loss is under control.

At Miami Stem Cell we have treated hundreds of patients successfully for hair loss using PRP and/or Stem Cell Therapy. To learn more, contact Miami Stem Cell (305) 598-7777 to schedule a free evaluation to find out if PRP treatment is right for you. www.stemcellmia.com

Suffering with hair loss? New Regenerative Medicine treatments can help!

 

Premature hair loss may cause a decrease in self-esteem and self-confidence. Consequently, there is a growing interest in innovative technology and science that helps not only prevent excessive hair loss but also regenerates healthy hair follicles and restore hair growth.

In the past, the only limited options for hair loss prevention have been mostly the use of topical products, such as Rogaine or Minoxidil and even the use a low-level laser light shown to stimulate hair follicles. However, at Miami Stem Cell® we have new and exciting options to treat baldness via Regenerative Medicine using the patient’s own plasma and /or stem cells. These amazing new treatments use the body’s own natural power to self-repair, restore and regenerate aging tissues, as well as tissue damage, as well as a myriad of other chronic conditions.

Over the last decade, we have treated thousands of patients at our Miami institute, validating several published clinical studies indicating that using Autologous Stem Cells (for more severe cases) as well as Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, can help restore hair follicles, prevent hair loss and increase hair growth by significantly increasing the body’s own regenerative potential.

Stem Cell Therapy has expanded greatly over the past few years, not only in treating many diseases but also to restore aging tissues. These cells are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow and are extremely rich in multiple growth factors. These stem cells (or PRP which is collected from the patient’s blood) are then re-injected into the affected areas and have been shown to possess tremendous regenerative potential in the process of re-growing hair follicles.

After the initial consultation with one of our Team of Medical Experts, we then conduct a series of blood tests, which depending on the severity of each case, may include hormonal imbalance and Micro-Nutrient testing. This is a comprehensive type of nutritional analysis that measures functional deficiencies at the cellular level. This simple blood test delivers a total assessment of how well your body processes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients, which allow the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances which are essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test will provide the basis of a personalized, functional approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions, including premature hair loss, as well as many other ailments caused by micronutrient related deficiencies.

After reviewing the blood work results, our doctors will then recommend the ideal Regenerative Medicine treatment that would be most effective at tackling the hair loss situation at hand. The treatment with Stem Cells and/or PRP is performed right in our Coral Gables clinic, using minimal sedation and zero downtime for most patients. These innovative treatments are completed in about three hours and are performed by a board-certified physician, experienced and trained in this procedure.

At Miami Stem Cell® our top-of-the-line trademarked Stem Cell Treatment for hair-loss is called “Super Marrow” which has the most powerful concentration of Stem Cells available today. In this ground-breaking treatment, Autologous Stem Cells are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow and re-injected into the affected area and has shown to be the most effective treatment at battling hair loss with no downtime and/or complications.

Ultimately, when compared to other more traditional hair loss non-surgical methods, we have extensive proof that validates the fact that Regenerative Medicine and particularly the use of Stem Cells and/or PRP, provides tremendous promise to help both men and women concerned about preventing future hair loss and in fact, actually also restoring hair growth.

In conclusion, hair loss can now be optional! However, you need to be evaluated by one of our experts as soon as possible, since the sooner you start treatment (once hair is noticeably thinning) the better. Unfortunately, once hair is completely gone from an area, it is basically impossible to treat and thus, if you are starting to see the signs of hair loss or the beginning of baldness, this is the ideal time to get started with one of our state-of-the-art Regenerative Medicine treatments!

 

For more information about our institute and the array of Regenerative Medicine Treatments that we provide for adult patients of every age, please call Miami Stem Cell® at (305) 598-7777 or visit: www.stemcellmia.com

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