Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a naturally occurring component of your blood that contains many growth factors that are important to tissue repair. Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology offers PRP therapy for hair growth in Philadelphia as it has been shown to be an effective treatment for some types of hair loss when injected into the scalp.
Much of the research pertaining to PRP as a hair loss treatment has concentrated on androgenetic alopecia. This form of hair loss is common in both men and women, although the pattern of hair loss between the sexes is different.
In men, androgenetic alopecia is the condition known as male pattern baldness. It typically begins when a man hits their 30’s or 40’s, although it can happen at a much younger age - even just after puberty.
Male pattern baldness is often a hereditary condition and follows a distinct sequence where the hairline starts to recede from the temples, forming a classic “M” shape over time. Hair also thins near the top of the head at the crown and may result in partial or complete baldness.
Women do not tend to have a receding hairline or thinning crown in the same way as men. Instead, there is a generalized thinning of hair all over the head that in rare cases can lead to total baldness.
Alopecia areata (AA) is an auto-immune disease that causes hair to fall out in small clumps. The hair loss can be patchy, and it may be unnoticeable at first. However, the hair loss may become more apparent if the patches start to connect and the bald areas are bigger.
PRP has been used as a treatment for AA with good results—significantly increasing hair regrowth with little in the way of side effects.
Platelet-rich plasma may be used successfully as a complementing therapy to:
There are likely to be no side effects to the injected PRP as it is harvested from your own body. However, you may experience mild pain at the injection site, swelling, itching, temporary bleeding, and tenderness over the scalp.
If you are aware that your hair is thinning or lacking density, PRP can help to dramatically reduce hair loss. It is effective for conditions such as androgenetic alopecia (male or female patterned hair loss) and alopecia areata, as well as for patients who have recently had a hair transplant. PRP offers several benefits because it is quick and easy to perform and has a fast recovery. PRP has minimal risks associated with it and can deliver natural-looking results.