How to Activate Your Hair Stem Cells

An exciting new treatment option is available for both women and men to activate hair stem cells and regrow lost hair, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is a therapy that concentrates the healing parts of your own blood, specifically the platelets and white blood cells, and injects them in areas where hair restoration or other healing is desired. The platelets in the PRP release growth factors that activate stem cells in the scalp.[1, 2] The stem cells can then revive dormant hair follicles by creating new blood vessels that can increase their blood supply or make new hair follicles, both resulting in more hair growth.[3, 4] Three new studies on PRP have shown the potential usefulness for hair regrowth with increased hair density and number of active hair follicles with virtually no adverse effects.[5-7]

PRP Pre-Treatment*

PRP Post-Treatment*

*An excellent response after 4 PRP treatments, spaced 2 weeks apart.[8]

PRP Treatment Plus

Besides PRP treatment, there are many other things that can be combined for a comprehensive hair restoration program, such as hair fortifying nutritional supplements, shampoos, conditioners and even IVs containing skin and hair promoting vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

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3 PRP treatments (recommended in 2 to 4-week intervals), 3 months of hair fortifying nutritional supplements, shampoo and conditioner and 3 IVs containing hair promoting vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Who It Is Best For

PRP treatment effect varies for hair regrowth, “with a very good response in some patients but more modest in others.”[9] Interestingly, age does not seem to be a limitation in who will respond to PRP treatment, but those, “noting hair loss for less than 5 to 6 years tend to respond more rapidly and profoundly.”[10] Research suggests that most people can restore their hair to what is was about 5 years ago. The take-home message: if you are considering PRP therapy for regrowing lost hair, don’t wait!

The PRP Procedure

  1. PRP therapy begins with a blood draw
  2. Your blood is separated into different components in a centrifuge
  3. The healing parts of the blood, the platelets, white blood cells and growth factors, are concentrated and activated
  4. The PRP is injected with a small needle into the areas of desired hair regrowth
The injections contain an anesthetic, but a numbing cream can also be applied prior to the injections. Treatment sessions range from 40 to 100 injections depending on the amount and areas of hair regrowth desired. PRP sessions are spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart and people average 3 to 6 sessions to have noticeable results. Medical studies report patient satisfaction of PRP for hair regrowth a consistent 7 on a 10-point scale.[7]

PRP Benefits Over Traditional Hair Loss Treatments

PRP has several benefits over traditional hair loss treatments like Rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia (finasteride). PRP therapy:[4, 10]
  • Does not require a burdensome daily routine
  • Is not time consuming (each visit is about 1 hour)
  • Can stop hair loss progression in more patients (most patients using Rogaine continue to have progressive hair loss)
  • Does not have significant potential adverse effects (depression is a widely recognized potential side effect of Propecia)
  • Beneficial effects can last for years after stopping treatment (benefits from Rogaine and Propecia stop with discontinuation)
  • Propecia is not approved for use in women.
PRP treatment has even shown to help people that did not respond to Rogaine or Propecia for hair loss.[8]

References

  1. Dhurat, R. and M. Sukesh, Principles and methods of preparation of platelet-rich plasma: a review and author’s perspective. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 2014. 7(4): p. 189.
  2. Reynolds, A.J. and C. Jahoda, Hair follicle stem cells? A distinct germinative epidermal cell population is activated in vitro by the presence of hair dermal papilla cells. Journal of Cell Science, 1991. 99(2): p. 373-385.
  3. Uebel, C.O., et al., The role of platelet plasma growth factors in male pattern baldness surgery. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2006. 118(6): p. 1458-1466.
  4. Gupta, A.K. and J. Carviel, A mechanistic model of platelet-rich plasma treatment for androgenetic alopecia. Dermatologic Surgery, 2016. 42(12): p. 1335-1339.
  5. Gentile, P., et al., The effect of platelet‐rich plasma in hair regrowth: a randomized placebo‐controlled trial. Stem cells translational medicine, 2015. 4(11): p. 1317-1323.
  6. Alves, R. and R. Grimalt, Randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind, half-head study to assess the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma on the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Dermatologic Surgery, 2016. 42(4): p. 491-497.
  7. Gupta, A. and J. Carviel, Meta-analysis of efficacy of platelet-rich plasma therapy for androgenetic alopecia. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 2017. 28(1): p. 55-58.
  8. Khatu, S.S., et al., Platelet-rich plasma in androgenic alopecia: myth or an effective tool. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 2014. 7(2): p. 107.
  9. Vañó-Galván, S. and F. Camacho, New treatments for hair loss. Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition), 2017. 108(3): p. 221-228.
  10. Hausauer, A.K. and D.H. Jones, Evaluating the Efficacy of Different Platelet-Rich Plasma Regimens for Management of Androgenetic Alopecia: A Single-Center, Blinded, Randomized Clinical Trial. Dermatologic Surgery, 2018.