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In the medical treatment of male and female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), PRP can be injected into the balding scalp to potentially stimulate thin (miniaturized) hair to grow into thicker (terminal) hairs. This is a relatively newer application of PRP.
PRP can be a great choice for patients who notice significantly reduced or thinning hair or who have already maximized other medical therapies6. Patients with thinning, but not totally bald, areas would be the best candidates. The use of activated PRP (using calcium to stimulate the PRP prior to injection) is now becoming more widely used as patients are getting better results with less treatments.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been well established in fields like: dentistry, wound healing and orthopedic surgery. It involves drawing one’s blood then isolating the platelet rich portion for use in medical therapy. Platelets were once thought to only help with blood clotting, but we now understand that they secrete valuable cytokines (cell messengers) and growth factors, including but not limited to the following:
It is conjectured that the introduction of these substances, platelet rich plasma (PRP) can amplify the body’s naturally-occurring wound healing mechanism and stimulate regeneration of tissues.
There is evidence that skin wounding (microneedling) alone can contribute to hair regrowth. This is based on mouse studies showing hair follicle regeneration after wounding. Clinical studies have also shown successful hair regrowth using micro needling in men who failed to respond to other therapies. While the scalp is anesthetized, we recommend also making use of this additional method of hair regrowth.