Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss
Baltimore PRP Hair Loss Doctor, Eric Nager, M.D., utilizes micro needling technology and PRP stem cell rejuvenation to reactivate hair follicles for fuller, denser hair regrowth. PRP is a potential emerging non-surgical therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation which may help to maintain hair density or treat thinning hair.
Hair restoration with PRP involves drawing a patient’s blood and processing the blood so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain. The plasma is then applied topically and microneedles are used to deliver the cells into the skin. PRP cells are injected into the scalp. PRP contains essential proteins and your own body’s natural growth factors which stimulate hair growth.
The PRP for Hair Procedure
Blood is collected from the patient and placed in a container. The container is then put into a centrifuge where it is rotated rapidly to separate blood components. The platelets separate from other blood components. Platelets are prepared for topical application and injection into the scalp. Local anesthesia is injected around the area to make the process as painless as possible.
Prior to the actual application of platelet rich plasma, a micro-needling device is used on the scalp to stimulate the scalp’s dermis. This induces micro trauma to the scalp so that the body’s immune system responds by initiating the body’s natural healing processes.
Treatments are scheduled about one to two months apart, and three to four treatments are recommended with follow-up treatments at six months to one year. Some improvement (in reversing miniaturization) can be expected in the first two to three months. The treatments must be continued periodically to maintain any improvement.
Male Hair Loss and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Male pattern baldness can occur with men as early as the age of 19 years old, while some men may not notice hair loss until their 40’s or 50’s. Often, men experience hair loss due to genetic factors or because they have higher levels of dihydrotestosterone, which is a form of testosterone that kills hair follicles. Alopecia may start with a receding hairline, or patches of hair may start to go missing.
- Some reasons alopecia can occur in men, include:
- Testosterone imbalances
- Genetic factors
Female Hair Loss and Platelet Rich Plasma
Many women experience alopecia or hair thinning around the age of 35, with the beginning of perimenopause. As hormones begin to decline, women’s hair may become dry and brittle, leading to hair loss. Women can also struggle with hair loss following pregnancy, as their hormones are rebounding and returning to pre-pregnancy levels.
- Some of the reasons women lose their hair, include:
- Estrogen and progesterone imbalances
- Hormonal decline
- Cushing’s disease
- Medication side effects