Hair loss can effect both men and women and may result from a variety of different conditions such as stress, thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency or vitamin B deficiency.
The most common condition we see, however, is androgenetic alopecia which is more common and more severe in men but is very common in women as well. In the last few years, our most preferred treatment for androgenetic alopecia is PRP [platelet rich plasma]. This works by using growth factors from platelets in your bloodstream to jump-start hair growth in the thinning areas.
Androgenetic alopecia is characterized by miniaturization of the hair follicle which is the result of a combination of hormonal and genetic factors. PRP helps with this condition by using the body’s own natural growth factors to stimulate those miniaturized hair follicles to start producing hair again. It does not help in those conditions known as scarring alopecia where the hair follicle is actually lost. The best candidate for PRP treatment is men or women in the early stages of androgenetic alopecia. The longer the duration of hair loss and the more severe the hair loss the less likely we are to see satisfactory results. We have seen results in our patients as soon as one month after the first treatment but the best results are typically seen 3 months after the last treatment. Treatment consists of 3 sessions of injections one month apart.
The results obtained from PRP will not last forever and maintenance treatments are required. Maintenance consists of a single treatment [rather than the initial series of 3] and should be done at least once a year but can be done every few months if necessary. Because the treatment consists of injecting your own platelets, the treatment is exceedingly safe.
Could PRP treatments help you with your hair loss? To see if you are a good candidate call 206-267-2100 to schedule an exam with Dr. Jenkin.
Peter Jenkin, MD, FAAD, FRCPC
Dermatology Associates of Seattle
Peter Jenkin, Clinic Director and Board-Certified Dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Seattle is available for consultation. For scheduling and information, visit us at appointments.daseattle.com