Hair loss (or alopecia) may have different causes. Depending on the cause of the alopecia, different treatments are available. Treatments may include kenalog (or liquid steroid) injections, pills, topical medications and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP treatments have been used for over 20 years for various medical conditions. Recently it has been shown effective in the treatment of male-patterned or hereditary hair loss. This is the most common type of hair loss and affects up to 50% of men and women.
PRP is a three-step medical treatment. In the first step the patient’s blood is taken in the office. In the second step this blood is put in a centrifuge where it is spun and the platelet rich plasma portion of the blood is separated and removed. In the third step this platelet rich portion is injected into the area of hair loss.
Over time, this platelet rich portion triggers new hair growth and thickens existing hairs in the area of loss. It does this by releasing proteins that stimulate hair growth and blood flow in the area. In studies the best results are seen in a series of 3 injections spaced one month apart with improvements in hair density ranging from 30% to 50%.
With any type of injection there is the possibility of bruising or bleeding, although this is very uncommon with this type of treatment. Some may feel a ‘tightness’ of the scalp the day of treatment, which usually subsides by the next day. The PRP used in the treatment is the body’s own natural substance, therefore there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
We are excited to offer this new innovative treatment at our office and look forward to speaking with you about your hair loss concerns.