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Microneedling, PRP, and Hair Loss. Oh my!

microneedling for Hair lossAs we’ve been discussing micro needling and PRP, now we will look at another function that these techniques show a promising option for hair loss. While it is not guaranteed, there have been several positive cases of PRP and micro needling in patients with Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), or hereditary chronic hair loss affecting both men and women.

Micro needling stimulates a renewed blood supply and nutrients to the deprived hair follicles.  As previously discussed, micro needling causes the body to expedite the repair process and create scar tissue, and ultimately produce more collagen and elastin, resulting in the perfect environment for your natural hair to grow. It can also stimulate inactive or recently implanted hair follicles.When used with PRP, the scalp is then penetrated with growth factors generated from your own individual cells. As we talked about last week, PRP is highly concentrated with growth factors. PRP stimulates the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells in the hair follicles.

Typically, to see results, the treatment must be done a number of times. Usually once a month for about 6 months or every 3 to 4 months depending on the person and the injector. PRP is often used as a more aggressive alternative to surgery, but it is also used in conglomeration with surgery to ensure graft survivability. The treatment can also be used in combination with other medicines and treatments. The procedure and downtime are very minimal, and since it is your own growth factors, the risk is very minimal as well.

Again, the patient will need to be evaluated to see if they are a proper candidate for the treatment, as it won’t work with everyone. There is no approved indication for PRP, and so any PRP use for hair loss is off-label. However, with the rising number of positive results from the treatment, it could soon change. There has been numerous studies and research done on the subject.

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