Thank you for your question.
You’ve submitted a question which is very basic. You’re asking, “Why does PRP have
to be done so frequently?” And it’s certainly a very understandable question. It’s for
the treatment of hair loss. I could certainly assist you with this. I’m
a board certified cosmetic surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years.
And I’ve been performing hair transplant surgery for that duration. And in addition, I’m also
the founder of TrichoStem Hair Regeneration Center which is based on our system of hair
regeneration that uses PRP as part of the process. And it actually is a non-surgical
solution and alternative to hair transplantation. So I’ve a lot of experience with the use of
platelet-rich plasma not just for hair but also in my practice for skin rejuvenation,
for acne scars, and for other treatments; wrinkles, sun damage, etcetera.
Now my intention is to educate and describe our experience and in no way am I interested
in disparaging any other colleague or physician who is offering PRP as an option for hair
loss. My – from my understanding and from my experience, I think that everyone who is
using it is doing their best to see if they can help their patients stop the progression
of hair loss. That being said, in our practice, we use platelet-rich
plasma but we combine this with something called extracellular matrix. This is a wound
healing material which was originally intended to assist in the healing of the donor area
of a hair transplant as well as to improve the viability and survivability of hair graphs.
Serendipitously, it was noticed that thinning hair became thicker.
So to differentiate what we do with our treatment which we call hair regeneration; which is
a customized combination of platelet-rich plasma with extracellular matrix from platelet-rich
plasma alone, I can give you some basic understanding. In my experience, platelet-rich plasma alone
will stimulate short term hair growth. And that’s the explanation for the frequency.
When people come to a doctor and get PRP injections, they’ll get some short hairs and those hairs
will grow for a short period but left alone, they’ll stop growing. And that’s why a
lot of people come to us who have had PRP done elsewhere will say they had to go every
month. They often did it without any anesthetic which certainly after a couple of sessions
becomes less than fun. But in our practice, when we do what we do
which is hair regeneration treatment, we have patients who with one treatment will actually
grow hair continuously. What will happen is these will stop the progression as well as
reverse and thicken thinning hair. In a way it’s a reactivation of growth cycles that
are actually thickening the hair rather than allowing the genetic progression of hair thinning.
It’s successful for both men and women. Ninety nine plus percent of men and more than
ninety percent of women from our clinical data from hundreds of patients who we treat
from around the world every year, we have seen that the benefit can really be sustainable
without repeat injections. So I think that the answer to the question,
of course, is the – from my experience and from the experience of patients is that PRP
alone cannot sustain hair growth. PRP will certainly be beneficial in many other areas
of the body as I described. But for hair growth, it doesn’t do the job that you want it to
do which is to stop your hair loss progression. In some ways, it’s almost comparable to
the effectiveness of minoxidil. Now that being said, for patients like – people
like yourself who inquire about PRP, we spent a lot of time educating our patients about
the long term benefit and the strategy we employ with hair regeneration. And such to
the point that we have built TrichoStem Hair Regeneration Centers and we’re now trying
to bring this technology out to people who may or may not be able to come to us.
As we said, being in New York City, we see patients who are coming from around the world
who have excellent, sustainable results. And we follow our patients closely and we’re
able to customize treatments. Sometimes it does take more than one treatment but we have
a system in place based on a lot of clinical data to help our patients get the maximum
result. And along that point, I would also suggest
that you consider doing something earlier rather than later. The more hair somebody
has, even if it’s very thin, the better it is because the volume and density can really
have an impact on coverage the sooner somebody comes. We’re treating people both men and
women as early as in their 20s and 30s. But even men and women we’ve treated in the
70s have also done very well with hair regeneration. So this is a remarkable treatment that bridges
some very important gap between medications such as minoxidil and finasteride; and surgery
which has the limitations of the number of graphs and the amount of coverage before you
run out of donor area. With that being said, learn more about this
other procedure which is – involves PRP but not PRP alone. And I think you’ll find
that there is an option other than doing PRP injections every few months.
So I hope that was helpful. I wish you the best of luck. And thank you for your question.