Hair loss is an issue that affects millions of people in the U.S. Hair transplant surgery is an effective solution for some men and women, but it’s not always an accessible one. Thankfully, nonsurgical treatments such as hair stimulation with PRP at my Los Angeles-area practice are providing faster, easier ways to stimulate natural hair growth over time.
In this blog post, I’ll provide a bit more information about PRP hair restoration and how it can help you grow thicker, denser hair without surgery.
The Reality of Hair Loss
Hair loss affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. and starts as early as puberty. The risk increases by age; 50% of men and 40% of women will experience noticeable loss by age 50. The causes typically include genetic factors, environmental factors, hormones, autoimmune disorders, stress, medications, and pregnancy. Often, a combination of causes results in an increased likelihood of alopecia (hair loss).
Improved Nonsurgical Treatments
Nonsurgical hair restoration through FDA-approved drugs is much more accessible to most people than hair restoration surgery. Medications such as Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®), however, aren’t always effective. Reasons include:
- The results often fall short of expectations.
- When patients stop treatments they usually experience an almost complete loss of the acquired hair.
- Patients quickly lose enthusiasm and stop following the treatment protocol.
- These medications can cause side effects that require monitoring and documentation. Learn more in this blog post.
Off-label treatments to manage hair loss emerged to make up for these shortcomings. In addition to the popular platelet-rich plasma (PRP) approach, treatments using fat, cosmeceuticals, growth factors, dietary supplements, and low-energy laser or LED lights have also become effective options.
As a clinical investigator of the usage of PRP, fat and its enhancement cells, and light therapy, I continue to advance the safety and efficacy of these off-label and FDA-approved treatments for all types of hair loss.
PRP Hair Stimulation Candidates
Ideal candidates for this approach are individuals who have just begun to notice hair loss, who lead healthy lifestyles, and who are fit. Once a significant amount of hair loss or thinning occurs, the opportunity to restore hair by nonsurgical means may be limited. In these advanced stages of alopecia, the only practical alternatives include the use of hair pieces or sessions of surgical hair transplantation.
PRP Risks and Benefits
The use of PRP has demonstrated effectiveness for male and female androgenetic alopecia. Although there is no guarantee full restoration will happen, most patients enjoy noticeably increased density and thickness of the stimulated hairs after 4 to 6 sessions.
The use of your own blood to obtain concentrated levels of platelets minimizes the risk of infection, immunological responses, and side effects. The duration of sustained growth is still being investigated. Patients have the option of combining PRP treatments with FDA-approved drugs, dietary supplements, growth factors, and light therapy for optimal results.
If you would like to learn more about how hair restoration with PRP in the Los Angeles area can help you, please contact us using the online form or call (626) 796-3373 to request a consultation.