PRP Therapy for Male Pattern Baldness & Hair Loss
What is prp therapy?
Roughly 50 million men suffer from some form of hair loss in the U.S., and every year invites new research and innovations. Most recently, a therapy intended to treat injured-joints has crossed over into the hair loss solution arena. The development of this therapy formed from the theory that injections of platelet-rich plasma can accelerate the body’s ability to heal from injuries.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is an emerging regenerative procedure that's quickly gaining traction as a hair loss treatment. In this minimally invasive treatment, blood platelets are injected into hair loss areas. Platelets contain bioactive growth proteins that help to stimulate hair growth in men with Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia).
With no side effects, only temporary pressure, and real results, it’s easy to see why PRP is gaining speed — and notoriety.
BENEFITS of prp
Plasma is a liquid property of whole blood cells that contain potent healing properties. Within plasma are blood cells called platelets, which are the body’s first responders to injuries and physical trauma. Platelet injections help treat muscle, tendon, joint, and ligament injuries. Due to the platelets’ healing capabilities, they also help repair and restore damaged hair follicles. Platelet injections for hair loss can help hair regrow within 3-6 months, with maximum results visible around one year.
Platelet-rich plasma first made its entrance into the medical field in the 1970s. However, it didn't generate widespread notoriety until the turn of the century, when in early 2000, a California orthopedic surgeon incorporated PRP into professional sports athlete Steve Bono's treatment plan.
Despite the positive results, a scientific study to survey PRP wasn't conducted until 2006. The results? Injured athletes experienced a nearly 100% recovery rate after two years of PRP therapy. In the successive years, droves of athletes used PRP injections to heal from sports injuries. Over time, PRP became an effective healing treatment for orthopedic injuries and eventually segued into the hair loss sphere.
MALE PRP THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS
If the therapy worked for athletes recovering from injuries, could it also work to heal damaged hair follicles? One recent study found that for patients with Androgenetic Alopecia, the answer is yes. Meta-analyses revealed an increase in hairs per square centimeter on the scalp after PRP injections. The study also found an increase in hair density, indicating PRP does reduce hair loss. In addition, the injections stimulate regrowth, although researchers caution that more research is required for this new hair loss treatment.
Still, the data from this study demonstrates that PRP is a viable solution to hair loss for men with Androgenetic Alopecia. Further supporting these findings, another 2019 study not only minimized hair loss but promoted hair growth. Despite mixed coverage on this innovative men’s hair loss solution, the future looks promising.
PRP THERAPY process
Plasma injections for hair loss are minimally invasive and only take about an hour to conduct.
Here's a brief overview of the process:
- A blood sample is drawn from the arm vein.
- The blood sample goes into a centrifuge (a rotating medical machine that separates platelets from the blood).
- A syringe extracts the platelets from the blood sample.
- A doctor will then inject the extracted platelets into concentrated sections of the scalp.
In general, PRP is a quick procedure, but multiple sessions and injections may be required to sustain hair growth. Your doctor will determine the frequency of injections needed to maintain growth. Most commonly, doctors suggest maintenance sessions every 3-6 months. You may experience light scalp tenderness, swelling, itching, headaches, or pain. Overall, PRP for men's hair loss is a revolutionary solution deserving of its recent recognition. As always, consult with your doctor before proceeding with PRP therapy.