I have covered platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss here here and here on this blog before. Initially, I was very skeptical about this whole concept, especially since a number of hair transplant surgeons have written about lack of results after their own experimentation. However, during the past year, my opinions have changed slightly as I have:
- Seen informative pro-PRP and hair growth related videos and forum posts from eminent surgeons such as Dr. Ken Anderson, Dr. Alan Bauman, Dr. John Cole, Dr. Jerry Cooley, Dr. Joseph Greco, Dr. Sam Lam, Dr. Robert Niedbalski, Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport and Dr. Ken Williams among many others.
- Read a few new published studies in support of PRP for hair loss. Most importantly, these PRP and hair growth related studies have come from many different countries, implying lesser chances of bias and implying potentially successful outcomes across all races of people.
I have therefore decided to give this subject more serious consideration and coverage on this blog. It seems like the way in which a clinic makes its platelet-rich plasma can drastically impact the final results (or lack thereof). I will write more on that in future posts, including analysis of the growth factors involved in the plasma.
For now, the below linked videos are worth checking out. The first is a segment that appeared last week on ABC’s popular Good Morning America (GMA) program. While PRP that is used for medical applications has been covered in numerous TV programs in recent years, it is rare for PRP for hair loss to get this kind of coverage on national TV in the US.
The physician in the ABC video segment is Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport, and he has a great video on youtube about this subject. He even shows us before and after photos of PRP injections into his own balding crown, 19 mins into the video! The last part of the video is really interesting, and Dr. Rapaport thinks that PRP for hair loss is going to become huge in the coming years. He even opines that many people with limited hair loss will delay or avoid hair transplants and instead come for these PRP injections several times a year.