Androgenic Alopecia is a common hereditary dermatological problem affecting men and occasionally women. It is the progressive thinning of scalp and loss of
hair in a defined pattern. The problem usually begins at about 20 years of age and affects nearly 50% of men by the age of 50 years. This affects
self-esteem, personal attractiveness and may lead to depression and other negative psychological effect.
Though a number of therapeutic options are available, satisfaction rate after the medical treatment still remains low. This has given way to many novel
therapies which work better and save one from the plethora of side effects of the conventional therapy.
There has been a recent spurt in application of “Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)” in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. The therapy is targeted at providing
multiple growth factors to the body which play a pivotal role in tissue repair and regeneration.
What is PRP and how does it work?
Hair follicle has a very complex biological structure and hair growth is regulated by specific growth cycles. A mature hair follicle undergoes successive
transformation from anagen (active hair shaft production) to catagen (gradually dying hair follicles) to
phase). In patients with progressive hair loss, this cascade is disturbed. Their hair follicles undergo rapid regression and degeneration. Many biological
factors play a fundamental role in this life cycle of a hair follicle. These factors function as biological switches that turn and off during different
phases. Medical therapies to treat Alopecia are directed at turning on the active phases of the growth cycle.
Human blood contains various blood cells and fluid. One of these cells is platelets. When platelets are concentrated in the fluid portion of blood, Plasma,
it yields an efficacious serum called Platelet Rich Plasma aka PRP. This PRP is obtained from patient’s own blood after processing it biologically and
physically. This is followed by consecutive injections of PRP into the area of hair loss on the scalp. The enriched PRP contains growth factors that ‘turn on the anagen phase’
to improve function of hair follicles and hasten hair growth. This therapy is safe, non-allergic and affordable for most
of the patients. It is the next big thing in the treatment of hair loss. Talk to your dermatologist about PRP.