Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common issue many people share, but often feel embarrassed to talk about. According to NYU Lagone health, 50% of women and 80% of men experience hair loss. Common causes for hair loss include stress, hormone disruption, autoimmune and nutritional deficiencies. About 50% of the time, no causes are found. That is why alternative treatments are being used more commonly for hair loss.
In a recent article, celebrity Ashley Tisdale openly talks about her Alopecia condition, and her success with Platelet-Rich Plasma microneedling for her hair loss. Ashley talks about her series of PRP with microneedling treatments, and how amazingly fast it made her hair grow back! These treatments are becoming more widely known even in the mainstream world.
At Oregon Regenerative Medicine we specialize in minimally invasive non-surgical aesthetic treatments with PRP. We use Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, which uses your own plasma to accelerate your healing responses. The best part of these treatments is that they are all natural, and all processing is done in our lab, then injected back the same day.
So what is PRP and how does it treat thinning hair loss?
Platelets are components of blood that help with the aid of our wound and tissue healing responses. PRP turns on your body’s natural healing responses for wound and repair. Partially damaged hair follicles are stimulated with the PRP, helping repair the follicle to create new growth.
What happens when I come in for my treatment?
PRP is prepared from your own blood. Once the blood is drawn, the blood is placed in a centrifuge separating different components of the blood, creating growth factor rich plasma. The Platelet Rich Plasma contains all the nutrients and growth factors, creating the magic serum for your treatment. Our doctors then inject the PRP into your scalp to stimulate new hair growth. In addition to PRP injections, microneedling can be combined with the treatment to help maximize results.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is the process using a device with tiny needles that create small openings in the skin, working the PRP into the dermis for optimal results. Microneedling creates an injury to the tissue which then causes a repair response, which then turns on your body’s natural healing responses to repair and remodel the tissue. PRP microneedling restores the lattice network of elastin and collagen. Microneedling is a great tool in PRP aesthetics that can be used to restore skin texture, improve scars, stretch marks, balding and hair loss.
Who is not a candidate for treatment?
PRP is not effective in patients that have no remaining follicles to stimulate. It is also less effective the more hair loss that is present. So in other words, it is recommended to start your treatment sooner than later!
Some of the common side effects that can occur are inflammation, itching, and minor headaches. Overall the treatment is minimally invasive, well tolerated, safe and all natural.
Contact us today for your consultation!
Jennifer Villegas is the medical assistant at Oregon Regenerative Medicine.
- Jerry Shapiro, MD, Anthony Ho, MD, et al. Evaluation of platelet-rich plasma as a treatment for androgenetic alopecia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. July 8, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2020.07.006
- Hecate. Ashley Tisdale got platelet-rich plasma treatment on her scalp for alopecia. Celebitchy.com. January 13, 2023. https://www.celebitchy.com/800123/ashley_tisdale_got_platelet-rich_plasma_treatment_on_her_scalp_for_alopecia/