Hair Loss Treatment
Using Platelet Rich Plasma
Male or female pattern of hair loss (androgenic alopecia) is characterized by the hair follicle getting smaller and the hair growth phase getting shorter resulting in increased hair shedding, finer wispier hair and loss of colour from the hair. The end result can be an area of complete absence of hair. The use of platelet rich plasma with its growth factors can reverse or delay the progress of hair loss in both men and women.
Male pattern hair loss, scientifically known as androgenic alopecia, is a prevalent condition characterized by hair thinning and balding in adult males. This condition arises from a combination of hormonal factors, particularly androgens like testosterone, and genetic predisposition. While it primarily affects men, women may also experience a milder form known as female pattern hair loss, typically characterized by thinning of the mid-frontal area of the scalp.
Causes of Androgenic Alopecia:
Androgenic alopecia occurs due to genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone, in specific areas of the scalp. DHT is believed to shorten the hair growth phase (anagen) from its usual 3–6 years to mere weeks or months. This, coupled with follicle miniaturization, results in thinner and fewer hairs. The enzyme 5-alpha reductase regulates DHT production. Some women with excessive androgen levels and genetic predisposition may also experience male pattern hair loss, often accompanied by symptoms like acne, irregular menstruation, and excess facial and body hair, indicative of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Male pattern hair loss affects nearly all men at some point in their lives, with varying rates among different populations, likely due to genetic factors. Up to half of Caucasian men may experience hair loss by age 50, possibly increasing to 80% by age 70. In contrast, Japanese and Chinese men tend to be less affected.
Various treatments are available for male pattern hair loss, including:
Micropigmentation (tattoo) to simulate a shaven scalp
Finasteride tablets (a type II 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor)
Ketoconazole shampoo (with some evidence of benefit)
PRP for Hair Loss:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another effective treatment option for hair thinning. A recommended course typically involves 3-6 treatments, with results varying among individuals. PRP harnesses the regenerative potential of your own platelets to stimulate natural hair growth.
How PRP Helps with Hair Thinning:
PRP involves the injection of your platelets and plasma, extracted from a small blood sample, into the target area. These platelets instruct your body to repair and rejuvenate tissue at a cellular level. In the context of hair loss, PRP halts hair miniaturization (thinning) and reactivates dormant hair follicles, effectively reversing hair thinning. However, it is most
effective in individuals who have noticed hair thinning in the last 2-3 years and where the hair follicles are still present.
During the PRP procedure, a potent pain-blocking cream is applied to your scalp for 20 minutes before the injections. PRP is then administered to your scalp using small acupuncture needles. Following the treatment, you must maintain strict hygiene for the next 48 hours, refraining from washing your hair and minimizing contact with the treated areas. Hair products should be avoided for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
PRP treatments are performed in conjunction with the use of topical Minoxidil and oral Finasteride to help our patients achieve healthier and thicker hair.
MEET DR. MAY MARR
Dr May Marr is a Flinders University Medical School graduate and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has a long-held interest in aesthetic medical procedures and evidence-based skin care. She holds a passionate belief that people should have access to procedures and products that are research-backed, ethically prescribed and skilfully delivered.
Dr Marr has trained with Dr Jacque Le Coz at the Institute of Mesotherapy in Paris. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Dermatology from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and in 2020 completed her Dermatology Fellowship.
The ethical, educational and procedural standards that Dr Marr brings to aesthetic medicine have been recognised by some of the largest aesthetic companies in the world. She holds advanced injector status and her extensive clinical experience sees her regularly called upon as an industry educator.
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