Do you recommend PRP therapy or the hairmax laser band for female genetic hair thinning? Minoxydil doesn't help at all.

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In terms of effectiveness, PRP is far superior to low level laser or minoxidil. Minoxidil only works in 40% of patients because of the necessity the medication to be metabolized by sulfotranferase.. Only 40% of the population have this enzyme. The new herbal product qilib is very effective. Low level laser is somewhat  effective in women.
The combination of PRP with the other concomitant therapies is somewhat more effective then PRP alone. Find a hair loss expert with PRP experience. Look to see photos of similar patients. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride

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I suggest seeing an expert to evaluate your hair loss and start non invasive options like PRP/progesterone or consider transplantation. We do a lot of PRP/progesterone treatments in my practice and have seen great results. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair loss treatments for women

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Women unfortunately have less treatment options for their hair loss compared to men.  Minoxidil and low level laser treatment (LLLT) are the ones that go to most often.  Recently PRP has also been used as an additional therapy.

How long have you used minoxidil?  Sometimes patients don't give the med a long enough chance to work.  Minoxidil like all hair treatments doesn't show any improvements for over 9-12 months.  Sometimes the main benefits of minoxidil are just a maintenance of hair and not so much adding more hair or volume.

LLLT has also been found to be helpful in women.  Women with thinning throughout the scalp or what we call "diffuse thinning" tend to do the best with this treatment.  It is something that is typically used 2-3 times a week for 15 mins at a time.

PRP or platelet rich plasma is an exciting newer option for women that uses the patients own activated blood to help regrow and strengthen fine and thinning hairs.  The activated platelets contain certain growth factors which are thought to be causing this improvement.

David Josephitis, DO
Minneapolis Hair Restoration Surgeon

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