At the Knudsen Clinic, we are pleased to offer medical Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments for the management of male and female pattern hair loss. Andorgenic Alopecia (AGA) is a chronic common hair loss disorder that affects both men and women. There are a number of treatment options that have currently been shown to reduce the process of miniaturisation of hairs and stimulate hair growth. Pharmaceutical options that are approved for use in the management of hair loss include Finesteride, Dutasteride and Minoxidil. Non-pharmaceutical options include Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
PRP has emerged as a new treatment type and evidence suggests that it may have a beneficial role in the stimulation of hair growth.(1) PRP has been used in Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery. The principle is relatively simple; your blood contains growth factors that have the potential to stimulate growth of hairs. By trying to ’separate’ these growth factors from the rest of the blood and inject them into the scalp, studies have shown that the amount of hair shedding can reduce and that there can be an appreciable increase in hair calibre and density. (2)
At the Knudsen Clinic, PRP injections are performed under medical supervision with one of our Doctors. Approximately 20 - 40ml of blood is taken and then processed through a centrifuge to produce the ‘Platelet-Rich’ component. This is then injected into the scalp with a fine needle into an area that has been pre-anaesthetised for maximal patient comfort. In order to gain maximal benefit, patients are recommended to undergo 3 treatments at 6 weekly intervals followed by a yearly top up treatment.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information regarding PRP treatments.
1. The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Hair Regrowth: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial
Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015 Nov; 4(11): 1317–1323.
2. Study of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia Through an One-Year Period
J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2014 Oct-Dec; 7(4): 213–219.