Is Platelet-rich Plasma Effective For Treating Hair Loss?
With so many promises of non-surgical hair restoration on the market, how do you know which ones actually work? At Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, we are open to new approaches, but we evaluate all new techniques and materials with a thorough analysis of the peer-reviewed scientific research combined with our experience before we recommend any procedure. In this article, we will review a new study on a controversial treatment, Platelet-rich Plasma.
Platelet-rich plasma (also known as PRP) is used by some medical professionals to treat male patterned baldness or androgenetic alopecia. PRP is harvested from the patient’s own blood and is then injected into the scalp of the affected area. The effectiveness of using PRP to treat symptoms has been the subject of much controversy and debate.
Here is another example of these studies. This particular study was aimed at measuring the effectiveness of PRP compared evaluated about 50 patients who have received Activated PRP and Normal Saline on different sides of their scalp. The findings of the study indicated some improvement with PRP use after 6 treatment sessions with the interval of 21 days. However, the result is minimal and there is not report of the long term effect of this treatment after the discontinuation of treatment.
Although the study shows that there may be promise in PRP to treat hair loss, we will not offer PRP in our practice until there are more solid studies indicating its effectiveness and safety. Therefore, more scientific double blind studies are needed to draw any conclusion about the effectiveness of PRP as a treatment option for male patterned baldness.