Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in the News
National news outlets have picked up on the growing popularity of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for the treatment of hair loss. ABC News, for example, recently aired a segment about PRP entitled, New Treatment for Millions of People Suffering From Hair Loss. In this segment they highlighted the benefits of PRP including it’s ability to regrow and thicken hair for both men and women without surgery, drugs, or expensive ointments using your blood’s own natural platelets and the inherit growth factors they contain. as well as before and after photos a patient who had the treatment, and discussions with two patients who were happy with their results.
The news reports typically describe PRP as a new treatment for the millions of people who are experiencing hair loss. While reporters sprinkle in words like “potential” or “promising”, the overall thrust is that it is a can’t-miss treatment sure to ease hair loss for millions of patients.
While there are preliminary studies that show limited efficacy of PRP therapy, more research needs to be conducted to determine if PRP is, in fact, a viable long-term treatment for hair loss in men and women.
It is important for prospective patients to remember that the media can often find itself out in front of the science. In many cases, the media-generated hype around experimental treatments touted as the cure for baldness fail to deliver on these lofty promises. PRP Therapy however, is the exception and as demonstrated itself to be a highly effective intervention. We offer PRP therapy at Pleij Salon & Spa as a treatment for hair loss, but we are open with our patients about the fact that while it is a proven treatment, it is still a relatively new one and that while the treatment is effective in just about all cases, results may vary. In our PRP FAQs, we note that there is an individualized response with a spectrum of effectiveness and that PRP will not work for everyone. PRP patients are monitored to assess the benefits of the therapy and to determine if a modification to the treatment schedule might improve results.
At this time, we do not know if rigorous studies will conclusively determine that PRP therapy is a viable treatment. We are monitoring research publications as rigorously as we monitor our PRP patients and will publish any conclusive findings.
Contact us or schedule a consultation if you have any questions about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or other advanced therapies for hair loss.