Better known by the name of male pattern baldness, it is, despite the name, possible for both men and women. A particular derivative of testosterone attacks hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. While the level of testosterone in women is typically too low to create the issue, certain hormonal conditions may cause the levels of male hormones to rise in proportion to female hormone levels, and androgenetic alopecia – or hair loss – results.
Both women and men may be affected by this type of baldness, one of its most common forms. This hair loss may be treated with drugs such as minoxidil and finasteride, but results vary widely. Hair transplant procedures are also an option, though it’s expensive and recovery can be painful. PRP therapy shows great promise in the regeneration and health of hair follicles.
Platelets in your blood are responsible for clotting and healing when you suffer a cut or bleeding injury. In addition to clotting factors, platelets deliver several growth factor proteins as well, to assist the healing process. A sample of your blood is enriched in a centrifuge, providing plasma with concentrations of platelets as much as 10 times higher than normal levels.
When injected back into your body, this concentration of platelets and, by extension, growth factors, is thought to act on stem cells in the area around the treatment site. Adding this level of additional resources stimulates tissue regeneration and healing that’s often remarkably faster and more active than your body’s systems working on their own.
Clinical studies on patients suffering from androgenetic hair loss, but who had not seen results from traditional drug treatments, showed substantial improvements resulting from PRP treatment. Testing included both hair pull tests to evaluate the rate of resistance to hair loss, and hair follicle count, to determine if PRP helped stimulate new growth.
Over the course of four PRP injections, hair loss resulting from the pull tests greatly reduced while at the same time, about 30% more hair follicles appeared in the test areas. While individual results vary, this is typical for patients who receive PRP treatment for hair loss.
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