Hair loss is a stressful issue affecting millions of men, women, and children. Of the many possible causes, most hair loss is due to genetic factors that lead to androgenic alopecia (AGA), also known as male or female pattern baldness.
Patients with AGA often undergo surgical hair transplant procedures. But this approach has several limitations, such as the amount of donor hair available, invasiveness, and high cost.
In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the other available treatments based on a recent review.
For patients who cannot undergo surgery, clinicians may consider the following medications and camouflage techniques.
Despite initial skepticism, PRP has emerged as a strong, viable treatment option for hair loss. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain numerous growth factors, which promote hair growth when released.
The author of the present review has found that the efficacy of PRP may be affected by the delivery mechanism. For best results, he recommends that the injection depth be at about the level of the bulb. The PRP should be placed in a retrograde manner along the follicle up to the area of the sebaceous glands.
While some physicians advocate for using a microneedling method with PRP, the author has not found the technique to be the most advantageous. Microneedling alone, however, may induce a hair growth response.
PRP may be particularly beneficial when used prior to hair transplant surgery. When injected into the target area, PRP appears to help:
Certain patients, such as those with scarring or atrophic skin, may not qualify for transplantation initially. PRP can be highly beneficial for these patients. The author recommends at least one PRP injection a month or two prior to surgery. The PRP restores a more normal skin thickness and vascular network, providing a more fertile environment for grafts and increasing their survivability.
For other patients, the review author suggests doing one PRP treatment followed by a waiting period of 1 to 2 months. If the patient has a positive response, he recommends 2 to 4 treatments per year.
Millions of men, women, and children experience hair loss. While there are many causes, hair loss can be reversed in patients with AGA using medical or surgical therapy. And PRP can be a powerful addition to your patients’ treatment.
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