If you’ve been watching your hair thin or slowly fall out, know that you’re not alone.
Over 50 million American men and 30 million women experience hair loss and baldness.
However, a miracle treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is helping men and women regain a full head of hair once again.
PRP therapy explained
PRP therapy was first used to heal damaged joints after injury or surgery but today, it is used to promote hair growth too.
PRP uses the high concentration of platelets in plasma cells to prolong the growing phase of the hair cycle, which encourages hair growth.
During a PRP treatment, doctors will inject plasma into the scalp in the areas where hair loss has occurred. Patients will need to receive treatments every month for at least 3 months, after which treatments will be spread out over 3 or 4 months for up to 2 years.
How often you will need to be injected will depend on your genetics, hormones and how much hair loss has already occurred.
How does PRP compare to other hair loss solutions?
Over and above PRP therapy, doctors will use one of two FDA-approved medications to treat hair loss, which will need to be taken consistently for a prolonged period of time before you see results.
Minoxidil and Finasteride, which are the two types of medications that can be used to treat hair loss, unfortunately, have side effects such as scalp dryness and itching as well as sexual dysfunction in some men.
Hair transplants are another option but this is a very invasive procedure that requires lengthy recovery times and could result in scarring. Hair transplants are generally only recommended in cases of severe hair loss.
The science behind PRP
PRP hair treatment at Man Cave Sydney is highly effective because it is backed by science.
A 2014 study showed that men with male-pattern baldness saw little to no change in their hair growth after using the approved hair loss medication. However, after 4 PRP sessions, they had 30% more growth in thinning areas.
A 2017 study also showed similar positive effects in male patients in Italy.
Who are the best candidates for PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is a safe and effective hair loss treatment for most people but if you fall into one of these groups, you should rather look into other solutions:
- You have an underlying disease or disorder such as lupus or thyroid disease. If so, PRP therapy won’t have much of an effect and you will continue to lose hair over time.
- You are taking blood thinners. Patients on blood thinners won’t be able to benefit from PRP therapy.
If your hair loss is still recent, you are automatically a better candidate for PRP therapy. Hair follicles that haven’t been dormant for prolonged periods of time have a better chance of being revived.
If you’ve been losing hair for quite some time, it’s probably better to look into other hair loss solutions.