I’ve heard a lot of great things about PRP treatments for rejuvenating the hair follicles to promote new growth. It this just some type of fad or a legitimate way to reverse hair loss?
Platelet Rich Plasma is being used for a lot of areas including skin rejuvenation, liposuction and fat grafting. Many people seem to be excited about its potential to stimulate new hair growth. In some individuals who have received this restoration treatment, new shafts have appeared. But there are a few issues to consider.
(1) Results seen thus far have not been cosmetically significant. Ideally what anyone would want is substantially improved coverage that help them look their best, not scanty and minimal growth.
(2) Platelet Rich Plasma needs to be applied over wounds that are deliberately inflicted on the skin. In the video above, it is explained that practitioners create this with special rollers. The skin has its own healing mechanisms. Therefore when it is wounded, it will create replacement tissue along with new hair follicles. This phenomenon is even documented in formal research studies.
Therefore, it is not clear whether or not PRP is facilitating the new hair growth or if the wound healing is responsible for this effect. The sessions themselves need to be ongoing in order to sustain results. the positive outcomes reported on patients may be caused by the regular infliction of wounds.
New research is surely needed to discern the actual effects of PRP on hair growth from the natural wound healing capabilities of the skin itself.
Anyone who is thinking about choosing a particular hair restoration treatment needs focus on actual results that can be replicated across large numbers of individuals. The cost of such interventions should be weighed against the likelihood of obtained desired outcomes. Otherwise, the treatment would be a real financial gamble.
It is also a good idea to learn about real published research studies on what scientist are doing to see if they can rejuvenate or revive dormant hair follicles. As of yet, such research does not exist for Platelet Rich Plasma.
Dr. Sanusi Umar is a pioneer in hair transplant surgery and is widely published and recognized in his field. Dr. Umar is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the founder of DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.