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Can PRP therapy along with Minoxidil help improve hair loss?

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Published At February 11, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing gradual hair thinning and suspect it might be pattern hair loss. Could you provide information on the differences between pattern hair loss, alopecia areata, and other hair loss conditions?

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Hair loss, especially male pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia, usually begins with a receding hairline and may progress to complete hair loss. It is more common among men, although women may also experience it, though to a relatively lesser extent. Common causes of this type of hair loss include genetic susceptibility, where a family member, especially from the maternal side, has a history of hair loss or baldness; hormonal fluctuations in the body; stress; dandruff; irregular sleep patterns; location changes; alterations in diet; underlying medical conditions such as thyroid diseases, vitamin D3, iron, or vitamin B12 deficiencies; inadequate protein intake; washing the scalp with hard water; using hair styling products; or taking medications such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.

There are various grades of androgenetic alopecia:

  1. Grade 1: It starts with a slightly receding hairline.
  2. Grade 2: The hairline recedes further and may show signs of hair thinning on the crown area.
  3. Grade 3: There may be increased hair loss along the front hairline and crown area.
  4. Grades 4 and 5: The area of hair loss in both areas increases, and usually has a very thin layer of hair in between.
  5. Grades 6 and 7: These represent advanced hair loss where hair, except for the back of the scalp, will be lost.

Treatment is based on the grade of hair loss. For grades 1 and 2, medications such as anti-hair fall shampoo, anti-hair fall serum, multivitamin tablets, hair serums, biotin gummies, nutritional health powder mixed with water, and so on may be used. Additionally, at-home scalp oiling once a week and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) scalp treatments from a doctor's clinic may also be beneficial. These treatments help increase hair density and reduce hair fall. PRP involves extracting platelets from one's blood and injecting them back into the scalp. It is typically done once a month for five months. This procedure is safe and highly effective. For hair loss beyond grade 3, hair transplant procedures, and PRP scalp treatments, along with Minoxidil solutions, may be necessary.

Alopecia areata, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition. This is a condition where one's cells mistakenly attack their cells, causing patchy hair loss on the scalp. It does not cause complete hair loss but results in round, patchy hair loss on any hair-bearing areas, which may include the scalp hair, beard, mustache, eyebrows, or body hair. For some individuals, the patches may fill up on their own. However, for most, treatment with ILS injections, also called intralesional steroid injections, may be necessary once a month for four months. They may also require the usage of Minoxidil and multivitamins. However, they may recur due to triggers such as stress, changes in location, dietary changes, and consuming hot and spicy food. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for alopecia areata. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to them, and then take the medication.

Hope this helps you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

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