Does PRP treatments for preventing hair loss really work?

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PRP for androgenic alopecia

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Recent studies in Dermatologic Surgery from Italy verify success of PRP for hair loss in 61 out of 62 patients. Average improvement is 40 to 70 %.  It is best for early hair loss. Various treatment programs can increase success.


Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
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PRP For Hair Loss

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PRP or platelet rich plasma treatments are a procedure that involves using components of a patient’s own blood to promote stimulation of hair growth. So, it is actually more for treating hair loss rather than preventing it. Although medical providers have been using PRP in other fashions, such as injections into joints for orthopedic ailments, it is relatively new in treating hair loss. However, many anecdotal and case studies have shown very promising results. Of course, as with any procedure, results vary and every patient is different.

Amir Moradi, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Does PRP really work for preventing hair loss?

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PRP is a great option for hair loss, but I would not typically recommend PRP for someone who does not yet have any hair loss. PRP for hair loss is still a relatively new treatment option, but several studies are showing very nice improvements in hair density after a series of PRP treatments. PRP works best for treating thinning hair and slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss.

I always recommend seeing a fellowship-trained hair restoration surgeon to discuss hair restoration options in detail.

All the best,


Matthew Richardson, MD
Frisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

PRP for Hair Loss.

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Platelet rich plasma is a treatment in which your blood is drawn in the office and centrifuged to separate the blood cells from the plasma and the platelets. Platelets are packed with growth factors- your own growth factors.  PRP has been used in orthopedic surgery to aid the healing of bones and soft tissues for many years. There are many uses for the treatment and more recently, PRP has been found helpful in stimulating hair re-growth in the early stages of androgenetic hair loss.  Recent studies show that even hair transplant patients get a better and quicker result with a combination of PRP with hair transplants. Many patients see dramatic results but everyone is different and results do vary. It is a treatment that needs to be repeated every 1-3 months to maintain the results. I always recommend adding oral and topical medicines that have long been the mainstay of treatment. Recently, I have had many patients who prefer to use this treatment instead of the oral and topical medicines, but I encourage a comprehensive approach because once the hair is gone, there really is nothing other than a transplant to restore the hair.

Does PRP treatments for preventing hair loss really work?

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Thank you for your question. Like all new treatments, there is a great deal of variety in response, and factors will be the level of hair loss, the type of remaining, hair, etc. See a Board Certified Dermatologist for an hair assessment and they can direct you. For hair loss, we have seen great success with Neograft. They are a very credible company and have great resources. I hope this helps!

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Prp for hair growth

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Hi,

PRP is a great way to help your hair growth. There are many research studies that show the benefits.

Best,

Dr. Siman

PRP works

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Hi,

The medical literature has shown that PRP decreases the amount of hair loss and INCREASES the number of hair follicles - and it is safe.

If you are interested in learning more, I suggest seeing a hair restoration expert.

Mehdi Sina, MD

Mehdi Sina, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

PRP for hair loss

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Thank you for your question about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for hair loss.  PRP technology taps into the ability of the body's own growth factors to assist with regenerating the dormant hair follicles.  By using your own platelet rich plasma, the procedure is very safe and extremely effective.  It does typically require several treatments, and may require some maintenance treatments in the future.   

To be sure, see two or more experienced, licensed and board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

PRP for hair loss

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PRP therapy has been used in other specialities for years-- including dermatology, orthopedics, dentistry, cardiac and plastic surgery--to enhance tissue healing. More recently, PRP has been postulated as a new therapy for androgenetic alopecia and to aid in wound healing after hair transplant. For hair loss, PRP is injected in the tissue where hair growth is desired and may require a series of treatments, depending on patient response.  Although some studies have shown hair growth after PRP therapy, other studies have not shown a significant improvement in hair loss. Currently, there are no large studies regarding the optimal protocol for treating hair loss with PRP. Use of PRP to promote hair growth is currently not an FDA-approved indication and is prescribed off-label.  It is important to understand that PRP for hair loss should be considered a complementary treatment, rather than a stand-alone replacement. Studies have shown that patients tend to obtain better and longer-lasting results when using medical therapy (Minoxidil and Finasteride), in addition to PRP injection.  I recommend following up with a hair specialist to further discuss hair loss and potential treatment options. 

Sahar Nadimi, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Depends

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Hair loss is always a tricky subject. Before doing any procedure- the diagnosis must be made. Without the right diagnosis the treatment plan cannot be picked

PRP helps some people and doesn't help others

It is hard to tell who will respond and who will not respond

The studies on PRP for hair loss do not have thousands and thousands of people the way studies for propecia do

I think of it as part of the arsenal of procedures and drugs to combat hair loss

Sameer Bashey, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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