08 August 2020
Gentlemen (and ladies), have you noticed some thinning areas on your scalp, or a receding hairline? You’re not alone. By age 60, 45% of men and 35% of women experience “androgenetic alopecia” (male and female pattern baldness or AGA). Many people experience emotional or psychosocial distress because of hair loss but are unsure how to treat it. Oral and topical medications like finasteride and minoxidil are currently FDA-approved treatments for AGA. Other options may include spironolactone, nutritional supplements, low-level light therapy (red light), hair grafting and hair transplants. But there is a game-changing, natural option: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is a scientifically proven regenerative hair therapy shown to increase hair count, hair thickness, and promote the growth phase of the hair cycle. How does it work? Our own platelets have growth factors in them that when injected into and around the hair follicle on the scalp, act to stimulate the stem cells around the follicles. This causes the growth of new hair follicles, makes hair thicker and causes it to stay in the “growing phase” of the hair cycle for longer. Dermatologists trained in the PRP hair restoration technique, like Dr. Naomi Simon at Mooresville Dermatology Center, can draw a patient’s blood and extract PRP within a few minutes. After the platelets are extracted, Dr. Simon uses a small needle to inject highly concentrated PRP into the desired locations on the scalp to trigger the growth of new and thicker hair. The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour. 35 million men in the U.S. experience hair loss. PRP is a natural, regenerative therapy that harnesses one’s own cells to promote hair growth. PRP is gaining popularity for treatment of male and female pattern hair loss because it is safe, has minimal side-effects (mild discomfort during injection, mild temporary swelling), and is much more cost-effective than hair transplant surgery. Unlike some of the oral medications used for hair loss, there are no systemic side effects. The number of treatments needed varies depending on each individual’s needs, but after the first 4 treatments over a 6-month period, patients usually only need 1-2 treatments per year for maintenance. This treatment may not be for everyone, so a hair-loss consultation is needed by a medical professional. Board certified dermatologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose all forms of hair loss and determine the underlying cause and the best treatment options available for each patient. Board certified dermatologist Naomi Simon, MD, is the founder of Mooresville Dermatology Center. She is pleased to offer in-office Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for hair restoration in addition to comprehensive medical and cosmetic dermatology services.