There are new treatments that could make a difference but going bald may seem to be a fact of life for many men and women as they age. While there haven’t been any major breakthroughs in recent years, there have been some longtime recommended treatments for hereditary hair loss like Rogaine and Propecia.
From dentistry to orthopedics, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is used to accelerate healing in a wide range of applications. It’s also the next big thing in treating hair loss but a well-known use is in “vampire facials. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved it yet for hair loss and research on the therapy remains in the early stages
What is it?
PRP therapy involves drawing a person’s own blood and that separates red blood cells from the plasma putting it into a centrifuge. The plasma is then injected back into the person, which contains growth factors. The plasma is injected into the person’s hair follicles, when PRP therapy is used for hair loss treatment. It can take about 10 minutes and involves only minimal discomfort.
After the first treatment, then once every three to six months, people have injections monthly for three months. They can notice less hair loss, within a few months of treatment. They may experience an increase in thickness or regrowth, soon after. Insurance doesn’t cover the procedure, according to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist based in New York City, , which can cost around $1,000 per treatment.
It’s considered off-label for skin and hair procedures, says Dr. Amelia K but PRP therapy is cleared by the FDA for use in orthopedics. The devices that separate cells from plasma are FDA-approved, a dermatologist from New York City, notes Dr Neil Sadick.
Does it work?
With hereditary hair loss or male or female pattern baldness can potentially curb or even regrow some hair after PRP injections. 39 participants found that those who had a total of four PRP injections had much better hair density, a small study published in September 2018 and hair thickness than those who had two injections over a six-month period.
The procedure has had high success rates in people with certain types of hair loss, namely those who experience hereditary and baldness hair thinning. If you’re almost completely bald you should try PRP therapy. PRP therapy is for people who have hair that’s present but thinning, Zeichner says. If you’re already bald, it won’t regrow a full head of hair.
Sadick says particularly those with genetic hair loss by the temples or crown, that both men and women respond well to the treatment. Which is known as androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness, PRP therapy has worked well for the most common type of hair loss. But if it can be used for other types of baldness dermatologists are also examining, including autoimmune-induced hair loss.
PRP therapy for the autoimmune-induced form of hair loss called alopecia areata, Hausauer says she’s had success using. for traction alopecia PRP therapy may also work. By a regular pulling force on the hair that’s hair loss caused.
The chance for remarkable regrowth goes up if the hair loss started less than five years ago but even those with long-standing or advanced alopecia who haven’t responded to other therapies can do well with PRP,” she said.