A research project has been completed on androgenetic alopecia – genetic hair loss in men and women – and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into the scalp with great results. PRP is collected from your own body, with stem cells and growth factors concentrated and injected across the scalp with a microinjector.
The research found that PRP injections were associated with more hair and some hair thickness improvements, which is consistent with other research. Researchers looked at 177 patients across six different studies, seeing a 24 per cent increase in hair per square centimetre in those treated with PRP, when compared with scalp areas treated with placebos or other treatments. The percentage increase in hair thickness was 42 per cent after treatment in the PRP-treated group. This is a 33 per cent increase compared to the untreated controls.
PRP treatments are effective for men and women with genetic pattern hair loss
PRP has been found over and over to be superior in so many ways to other treatments, including transplants, which can be expensive. PRP is becoming the recommended treatment both before and after hair transplants.
Why does PRP work for hair regrowth in men and women?
PRP is effective because of the way it works: PRP contains a lot of growth factors that all combine to encourage tissue to regenerate, despite the genetic instructions not to. These elements include platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor-b, fibroblast growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor. PRP is also very safe, because we use your blood, right there, fresh on the day. This means no allergies or risks that involve foreign body reactions in the blood, since it’s just your own molecules being reintroduced.
PRP treatments for hair loss in men and women
You should expect multiple treatments over the course of a few months or a year, and top-up treatments may be required ongoing. You can read more about PRP treatments at our Melbourne clinic here.
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