PRP Hair Restoration in Carmel, CA
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PRP Hair Restoration
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) uses your own growth factors from your own blood products to encourage new hair growth for hair restoration. PRP is created in the office by first removing a small sample of your blood. This sample is placed in a centrifuge and spun to put the blood in layers. The upper layers with the plasma and platelets are removed from the sample and used to inject the treatment areas for hair restoration.
Hair loss and thinning hair are common problems across all genders. About 50 million men and 30 million women have lost at least some hair. It’s especially common after reaching age 50 or as a result of stress. And there are seemingly hundreds of different hair loss treatments with varying levels of reliability and success. But some are based on much more solid science than others. One of these treatments is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a substance drawn from your blood and injected into your scalp that can purportedly help heal bodily tissues, including follicles from which your hairs grow. PRP is extracted from your blood using a centrifuge-like mechanism that can separate the substance from your blood and increase the concentration of specific proteins that promote healing. This makes PRP potentially usable on its own for the treatment of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis. Research also suggests that PRP injections can help treat androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Let’s get into what exactly the research says about the success rate for PRP treatment for hair loss, whether PRP has any side effects, and what results you can expect.
Does PRP work for hair loss?
Many patients and physicians claim that PRP has worked to restore hair loss for both men and women. However, the science is not conclusive that PRP can help regrow your hair or preserve the hair that you have.
Here’s an overview of some promising results from research on PRP and hair loss:
A 2014 study of 11 people with androgenic alopecia found that injecting 2 to 3 ml of PRP into the scalp every 2 weeks for 3 months could increase the average number of follicles from 71 to 93 units. This study is too small to be conclusive, but it shows that PRP may be able to help increase the number of hair follicles that can actively support healthy hair.
A 2015 study of 10 people receiving PRP injections every 2 to 3 weeks for 3 months showed improvements in the number of hairs, the thickness of those hairs, and the strength of the hair roots. This study helps provide extra support to the findings of other PRP and hair loss studies. But 10 people is still too small a sample size to be conclusive.
A 2019 study compared two groups of people using different hair treatments for 6 months. One group of 20 used minoxidil (Rogaine), and the other group of 20 using PRP injections. Thirty people finished the study and results showed that PRP performed much better for hair loss than Rogaine. The study also found that your level of platelets can affect how well your own plasma works for hair loss. A lower level of blood platelets will mean less concentrated and less effective PRP.
So aside from treating male pattern baldness, there isn’t much research on PRP for hair growth, and the research we have is not conclusive. Why all the hype? PRP contains proteins that serve several main functions that are thought to help hair regrow and encouraging cell growth. And there’s some promising research suggesting that PRP may work for other types of hair loss.
Is PRP hair treatment a permanent solution?
The first round of treatments takes a few visits to see initial results. And after the results start to appear, you’ll still need to get touch-ups at least once a year to maintain new hair regrowth.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, you have a number of options including medication like Rogaine and Propecia, along with hair transplant surgery. Another consideration is PRP therapy. Although there’s limited clinical proof that PRP for hair loss works, there are many who believe that PRP is a safe and effective way of reversing hair loss and stimulating new hair growth. Talk to Dr. Lubben to see if PRP Hair Restoration Treatment or a combination of treatments is the best choice for you.