Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) a “Stem Cell” or Hormone Treatment? Does it Actually Treat Hair Loss?

Tue 7 Jan 2014

This question comes from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums

I recently saw an advertisement for platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for hair loss. I’m wondering, is PRP a type of “stem cell” or hormone hair restoration therapy? Is it an effective treatment?

PRPPRP is technically not a “stem cell injection” nor should it contain higher levels of  hormones. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, or blood plasma that is separated from other blood components and enriched (through the separation process) with anti-inflammatory and growth factors. When injected into the scalp, these factors are supposed to help revitalize follicles and restore hair.

As a stand-alone hair loss treatment, PRP is fairly unproven. Some physicians subjectively report significant improvement in patients they treat with stand-alone PRP injections; others believe it offers no cosmetic benefit. Recently, PRP has been integrated into hair transplant surgery as both a medium for graft storage and as a growth (and survival) treatment for the new grafts, and may have some merit in this context.

Altogether, it may have a place in hair transplant surgery, but PRP’s role as a stand-alone treatment is not yet proven. Hopefully researchers will continue to test platelet rich plasma and determine whether or not it is an effective treatment on its own.
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One Comment so far:

  1. Ellison says:

    Using stem cells for treating hormone imbalance is one of the major break through in stem cells research. How far stem cells help in hair regrowth is a big question. Moreover it is a good initiative.

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