Hair loss can be an emotionally difficult condition for both men and women. There are many causes of hair loss. Most commonly it can be genetic, age-related hair loss. Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount of hair as they age. Inherited or “pattern baldness” affects many more men than women. By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
Other causes of hair loss are stress, illness, trauma, medication-related, and autoimmune. Alopecia areata is a very common autoimmune disorder causing patches of hair loss.
With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped. Hair loss is typically treated with topical medications such as minoxidil and/or oral medications such as finasteride (propecia). Alopecia Areata is treated with injections or topical steroids. With correct diagnosis and treatment, many patients will experience improvement in their hair loss. With some types of hair loss, hair transplantation may be helpful.
Spectrum Dermatology has been performing PRP therapy for both male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the desired area. PRP therapy is delivered via injection for hair loss, or used with microneedling for a number of different treatments including skin rejuvenation, scar reduction, improvement of dark under eye circles, and more.
PRP can lead to an outstanding improvement in hair loss as it contains essential proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. The blood is initially drawn in our office and spun in a centrifuge to separate and remove the PRP from the rest of the blood. Anesthesia is given to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp to strengthen and stimulate hair follicles. The treatment can also be combined with microneedling or medications for maximum benefit to the patient.
Hair loss is very individual and individual results vary with each patients. This is because there are several chromosomes that are associated with hair loss. Some people start losing hair in their late teens and have a rapid loss, others start in their 20’s and see decade of slow hair loss. As such, everyone responds to PRP differently and your doctor can help evaluate your particular situation.
Evaluation by a dermatologist may help to define the cause of the hair loss and to work with you to develop a treatment plan. Sometimes a small (and relatively painless) biopsy or laboratory evaluation may be necessary to understand the reason for hair loss. PRP therapy is one of many options available to patients at Spectrum Dermatology and ideal for patients who are not candidates for surgery – or those patients wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment. Contact our office today to learn if you’re a candidate – (480) 948-8400.