Hair Loss Treatments with PRP

PRP is an effective treatment for androgenic (male pattern and female pattern) hair loss Male and female pattern baldness is common and can be embarrassing and/or lowers one’s self-confidence. Hair transplantation is extremely effective, but very costly. Topical medications are somewhat helpful, but have to be applied daily and can leave the scalp feeling greasy. Prescription medications can slow the hair loss and even result in some regrowth.

Now there is a safe and affordable option that can grow hair back using one’s own blood. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) involves taking one’s blood, concentrating the platelets, and injecting it into the vascular layer of the scalp.

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Male and female pattern baldness is common and can be embarrassing and/or lowers one’s self-confidence. Topical minoxidil has been available for decades with moderate results. Androgenic alopecia, both male pattern baldness and female pattern alopecia, have several treatment options. It was originally used as a blood pressure medication and it was found that patients who used it grew hair. Dr. Bader almost always recommends the 5% preparation and not the 2%. Women apply the 5% minoxidil once daily, while men apply it twice daily. Results take 3-6 months to appreciate and the product must be used indefinitely or results will be lost.

Finasteride, which was originally used for the treatment of an enlarged prostate, has been shown to be very helpful as a treatment for male pattern baldness. While there is some anecdotal reports of improvement for female pattern hair loss, studies have often failed to reproduce these findings. This medication is very inexpensive (often less than $25 a year) and fairly effective. Like minoxidil, results take many months and, if seen, the medication must be taken indefinitely or any results will be lost.

Now there is a safe and affordable option that can grow hair back using one’s own blood. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) involves taking one’s blood, concentrating the platelets, and injecting it into the vascular layer of the scalp. PRP is an effective treatment for androgenic (male pattern and female pattern) hair loss. There are now several studies showing their effectiveness, but treatments must be repeated to maintain results.

Hair transplantation is extremely effective, but very costly. Topical medications are somewhat helpful, but have to be applied daily and can leave the scalp feeling greasy. Prescription medications can slow the hair loss and even result in some regrowth with minimal side effects. Dr. Bader will go over all of your options and together you will pick the treatment that is best for your needs.