Why Increasing PRP Injections Won’t Stop Hair Loss, and One-Time Treatment to Thicken Hair

Why Increasing PRP Injections Won’t Stop Hair Loss, and One-Time Treatment to Thicken Hair


Thank you for your question.
You’ve submitted 2 photos and you are asking will platelet-rich plasma (PRP) recover your
hair loss in your temples and you’ve stated that you’ve been losing hair and you’ve
been using minoxidil for about 2 and half years. And currently, you’ve completed 3
sessions of what will be a 10 weekly session process of getting platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
injections. So naturally, I think that it’s understandable that you want to know if this
will actually work. Well, I can certainly give you my perspective.
A little bit of background, I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial
plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I’ve been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island
for over 20 years. I’m also the founder of TrichoStem™ Hair Regeneration Centers.
This is as technology we developed in our practice while doing hair transplants which
uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as well as Acellular matrix which I will discuss further
as a non-surgical treatment that has been significant and has changed the way we practice
in helping people with hair loss. So, I’ll share with you my experience with
platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as it relates to hair loss. Now to begin with, platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) is a concentration of wound healing growth factors that are naturally in your
blood and they stimulate collagen, they stimulate blood supply. They have a lot of different
factors that when concentrated, have shown to have a stimulatory effect for hair follicles.
Now that being said and these have been actually documented in dermatologic literature to help
certainly validate the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In our practice, we use platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) a lot. We use it for skin rejuvenation, we use it for wrinkles, we use it for under
eye dark circles, we use it for acne scars. We use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) a lot. But
when it comes to hair loss, the experience that we’ve had is that platelet-rich plasma
(PRP) will stimulate hair growth but it will not stop the progression of hair loss and
it’s a very important element to your plan because in my experience, people have come
to us getting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) done elsewhere, they’ve done it once a month.
And by the 4th month, they were not sure whether or not they were going anywhere. There have
been others who recommend doing it every 3 months and I think that a lot of my colleagues
are developing their own approach based on their clinical experience and I think why
it varies has to do a lot with the stage of the growth cycle and whether or not the resting
stage or telogen stage of hair is actually being responsive to the injection. So from
my perspective, a weekly platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection seems very aggressive. Physiologically speaking, just on the wound
healing concept and the actual physiology of wound healing, it seems like you’re creating
new wounds by just entering the tissue space or the skin and it might be disrupting what’s
going on. Now, that in no way means that your doctor doesn’t have a valid explanation
of why they’re recommending weekly treatments. One thing about clinical medicine that should
always be respected is that each individual physician is making a decision to guide you
on what’s best for you based on their experiences. This is the art of clinical medicine. Now that being said, I want to introduce you
to a little bit about what we developed in our practice which is relevant because we
use platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We were first trying to help hair transplant patients heal
better so we are using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We then were using platelet-rich plasma
(PRP) with something called Acellular matrix. This is a wound healing technology that takes
the regenerative medicine capacity of PRP to a very different level. It is not like
getting very highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which a lot of people are trying
to improve the concentration of platelets but rather there is a certain behavior that
is unique to extracellular matrix and what it does is it heals by duplication of cells.
So when placed on muscle cells, it heals with muscle instead of scar tissue. On skin, when
I use for it facelifts or any other cosmetic surgical procedure, I find that the healing
is accelerated and the appearance is remarkable. Now what we ultimately developed was a protocol
based on an observation and the observation was that thinning hair started to look thicker
in different patients when we are combining platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with Acellular
matrix for the purpose of healing the donor area of the hair transplant patient as well
as the hair grafts themselves. Long story short, we developed protocol and that now
has been successfully consistent for 99% of men and women with genetic pattern hair loss,
androgenic alopecia. With Hair Regeneration, we are able to stop progression, reactivate
hair that is not growing which is basically in the resting phase which is prolonged when
hair is thinning as well as induce the shed of thinning hair and the growth of thicker
hair. Again, with many years of data, in fact, over 5 years of data, we’ve not seen any
significant trend of regression. So to contrast Hair Regeneration with what
you are going through, it really is no comparison. We do a single injection and we are able to
get consistently five years of successful improvement of hair loss. We’ve developed
even further, so for people with moderate to severe hair loss, we do something called
a booster injection which is around 15 months later. So it’s really a very different model
even though we are using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). So, I think you need certainly ask
your doctor and I’m sure your doctor probably said to you that they’re going to do their
best and see if you get any growth and it depends a lot on the salvageability of the
hair follicles. Again, for me, a weekly injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) doesn’t seem
to make sense for when you think of the physiology of wound healing. But your doctor may have
a protocol and I’m sure you looked at before and after pictures and other things but the
question really ultimately is how long can you really keep doing this? Going for injections
in the scalp once a week for 10 weeks may be fine but how long can you do that and keep
doing that again for another 10 weeks? My observation has been that platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) can stimulate hair growth but it cannot stimulate sustained hair growth.
So I think this is an opportunity for you to learn more about the technology behind
Hair Regeneration in our experience and you can then at least compare and contrast your
options and certainly discuss the feasibility and when should you expect results. When we
talk to our patients about Hair Regeneration, we have treated so many people from around
the world and we have so much data that we collect and we follow our patients every 3
months, that we are able to give them very specific information about the scenarios and
how they can play out and then we follow up with each patient and take very specific photos,
microscope photos, etc. to be able to document their improvement. So I hope that was helpful, I wish you the
best of luck and thank you for your question.

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9 thoughts on “Why Increasing PRP Injections Won’t Stop Hair Loss, and One-Time Treatment to Thicken Hair”

  • why i lost more hair after prp treatment?
    this is normal

    i have taken my first prp treatment

    I have 3 more prp treatments again
    !

  • Alejandro Martinez says:

    Very informative. I really liked your explanation. I would suggest to change the title of the video because I am planning to do this procedure and I have seen really good results from other people and their videos. So i was not looking to get s negative feedback about it and your title suggest that. And the truth is you didn't give me a negative insight but a very informed professional opinion about it.

  • I am 27 years old and I suffer from light hair . Can prp return my hair thicker? And if I keep on prp ,do you keep my hair the same?

  • Hey doc, my doctor has diagnosed me with androgenic alopecia and have done one PRP session on me also he has recommended Biotin Tab. And Minoxidil 5% to use it twice a day, he said I will need 7-8 PRP sessions, so far done with one last week.. Will it help?

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