Platelet rich plasma therapy has been reported by researchers in the United States and Europe to enhance existing hair growth and stimulate new hair growth. PRP therapy has been used since 2007 as a new and exciting novel approach for the treatment of hair loss and thinning.
By the age of 50, fifty percent of men are affected by hair thinning and varying degrees of hair loss. It is estimated that 35 million men in the United States are affected by significant hair loss. Significant in that it affects their self esteem, personal relationships and abilities for higher performance in the workplace. The majority of these cases are different degrees of Male Pattern Baldness (MBP) also known as androgenic alopecia. This can range from receding of the hairline in the frontal scalp and temples to complete hair loss over the top of the scalp, leaving hair growing only on the sides and back of head. Regardless of whether hair is receding or there is more major hair loss, this can all take a negative toll on a individual’s lifestyle and confidence. It should be noted that of individuals with life-affecting hair loss, 40% are female. Most people do not notice thinning of hair until over 50% or greater loss of hair occurs in any one area. Fortunately, there are multiple options available to both stop hair loss and to potentially regrow hair. Many of these options do not involve surgery.
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) has been used in hair regrowth therapy for the past five years. Reports have indicated that PRP administration results in thickening of existing hair and stimulates dormant hair follicles to grow new hair. In existing hair, PRP stimulates the stem cells supplying the hair follicle essentially to produce more keratin, the major component of a hair, to grow hair. This leads to a thickening of existing hair shafts. PRP can also attach to hair follicle stem cells in the “bulge” area. This is the area of the hair follicle that controls hair production and where the stem cells are located. It is the interaction of these activated stem cells with the rapidly dividing cells of the hair follicle dermal papilla at the follicle base that produces new or improved hair growth.
In summary, platelet rich plasma is currently the state-of-the-art method for treatment of hair loss and thinning. Combine this with other hair treatment options such as Rogaine® (minoxidil) and/or Propecia® (finasteride) as well as other supplements and one can potentially regain the hair they once used to have. The first step is for you to make the decision and commitment to getting a new head of hair!