Hair loss can affect both men and women and reduces one’s self confidence. There are various causes for hair loss. These include genetic, environmental and life style. Environmental factors that can cause hair damage include air pollution and harmful UV rays.
Lifestyle factors include elevated daily stress levels, a poor diet, certain medications, harsh over-the- counter hair care products and excessive use of hair straighteners, perms and hair dyes.
Other possible causes include crash dieting, anorexia nervosa, underactive thyroid gland, iron deficiency anaemia, menopause and certain skin conditions.
Male pattern baldness (Androgenetic alopecia) is the most common cause of hair loss affecting men and makes around 90% of the cases worldwide. In this condition thinning of hair is caused by androgens. Hair loss is due to shorter growth cycle of hair and the hair follicles produce shorter and finer hair (hair miniaturization). Alopecia ranges from receding hair line, hair loss from the crown to complete baldness.
Female pattern hair loss (Androgenetic alopecia), thinning is more marked on the front, sides and top of the scalp. Around 13% of premenopausal women have some evidence of androgenetic alopecia. This increases to around 70% in women above 65 years of age.
Research studies have shown an increase in the hair density and hair thickness after PRP injections for androgenetic alopecia. PRP can stop or reduce hair miniaturization caused by androgenetic alopecia, by stimulating the dormant follicular cells in the scalp.
PRP treatment programme for hair growth is designed to use your own blood cells, platelets, which release several growth factors that stimulates the proliferation of stem cells. This in turn, stimulates the hair follicles for a thicker, healthier hair for both men and women.
PRP works best for people who have noticed hair thinning in the last 1-3 years and for best results 3 to 4 treatments, 4 weeks apart are recommended. Once you have achieved the desired results, maintenance treatments, one session every 4-6 months can be given.