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Mary Byron By Mary Byron • February 9, 2018

Fact or Fiction: Hair Growth With PRP

The hair is considered one's crowning glory.  But what do we do when hair starts shedding in clumps and tell-tale bald spots start to appear? For sure, there are many causes for hair loss or alopecia. Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is common in both men and women. In men, hair loss typically begins near the temple and recedes. The crown also thins out and over time a bald spot develops. In women, hair loss is more like generalized thinning but rarely leads to total baldness. Other causes can be poor nutrition (e.g. excessive dieting), hypothyroidism, stress, infection, and more. 

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In the past, affected individuals would resort to ineffective treatments like pounded garlic, cactus, and other herbs. Finasteride, Minoxidil (Rogaine), and saw palmetto, and other hair restoration products were also used with varying success. Today, PRP or Platelet-Rich-Plasma is backed by numerous researches supporting the claim that it is effective for hair growth. 

" Growth factors in platelets’ granules of PRP bind in the bulge area of hair follicle, promoting hair growth making PRP a potential useful therapeutic tool for alopecias, without major adverse effects.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Maria-Angeliki G. et. al

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PRP for Hair Growth works pretty much like "stem cells" do.  At Juvly,  a small amount of blood is extracted and spinned in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. The platelets that are suspended in the serum, the straw-colored component of the blood, are injected onto the bald areas of the scalp at the level of the follicles.  Studies have confirmed that the growth factors in PRP resulted to clinical improvement seen as  thicker, stronger hair.  Specifically, researchers have shown in PRP, Placebo, and  Minoxidil studies that PRP significantly:

  • increased the number of hair follicles (and hair count)
  • increased strand thickness 
  • increased root strength and 
  • improved neo-vascularization.

Skin.pngAs seen in the esperimental studies, consistency and follow-up are essential to maintaining good results. PRP is repeated monthly for the first 3-4 months and evaluated. Results are expected within 2-3 months. Follow-up treatment frequency (every 3-6 months) will depend on the patient's reaction to PRP. This is necessary to maintain stimulation of the follicles and prevent fallout. The formation of new blood vessels as a result of the growth factors during the initial PRP treatment, increase blood flow and help bring growth factors to the scalp. The hair follicles are stimulated to enter an extended anagen phase which is the period of active growth.  We see hair as growing out faster,  thicker, and resistant to hair-pull.  Hair is shiny and pliable instead of being dry and brittle. The progression to the catagen stage was slowed down and 75% of patients presenting with either male-pattern or female-pattern baldness were satisfied with the treatment.  Best of all, these promising results come with a sensible pricetag (low cost-benefit-ratio) and presents with very few adverse effects.

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At Juvly,PRP for Hair Growth  costs $500 per treatment,  and is usually done as a series of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. The procedure is well-tolerated and can even be done without numbing.  Stop hair loss in its tracks and say hello to lustrous locks that stay on oyur head and not on the floor.

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.Female Hair Loss Pattern : By International journal of trichology:  A 51-year-old female with female androgenetic alopecia (b) excellent improvement at 3 months and (c) further improvement after 6 months.Ferrando J, García-García SC, González-de-Cossío AC, Bou L, Navarra E. A proposal of an effective platelet-rich plasma protocol for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. International journal of trichology. 2017 Oct;9(4):165.(reported by Stem Cell Innstitute)