Researchers at New York University are testing PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma therapy – as a treatment for alopecia, or male pattern baldness.
This has been reported in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, yet the treatment is already available in exclusive establishments such as Clinicbe, where Dr Barbara Kubicka offers PRP for hair loss either alone or as part of a programme of treatment known as the Triple Synergy Hair System.
PRP for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy involves using highly refined samples of the patient’s own blood to stop male pattern baldness. The platelet rich plasma is purified from the blood using a special process, then it is injected or applied back into the scalp. The principle is that the platelets then release powerful healing into the scalp area and increase the supply of blood and nutrients to stimulate the follicles, boost scalp health and improve hair retention and growth.
PRP is already a proven medicine technique used in a host of other areas. It was originally used to help treat burns, as it contains and releases proteins, steroid hormones and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue. Platelet Rich Plasma is also used to treat tendons and sporting injuries.
Dr Bav Shergill, a consultant dermatologist at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, told the Daily Mail:
‘Platelet-rich plasma has been used by orthopaedic surgeons to help to repair tendons and there is certainly some anecdotal evidence of hair regrowth in some individuals.
‘I think that the results of this study will be closely watched by dermatologists specialising in hair disorders as there are not many options for andro-genic alopecia.’
The study has been criticised for having small numbers, as it involves just 50 patients, some of whom will receive a placebo in place of PRP.
However, a previous study of platelet-rich plasma on 42 alopecia patients found that it was safe and showed some improvement in hair growth after five sessions.
Male Pattern Baldness UK
The issue of age-related male alopecia is a widespread issue in the UK. Most men are showing some signs of baldness by their early 60s, yet early onset hair loss can begin as early as the late teens, causing real distress for many sufferers. Research shows that around a third of 30 year olds are seeing some hair loss, rising to half of 50 year old men.
A non-surgical treatment is a popular option among many men who don’t like the idea of costly transplant surgery but want to take action over hair loss.
Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments, Belgravia, London
Dr Kubicka at Clinicbe in Knightsbridge has offered PRP for hair loss patients for a number of years. This is one of a selection of hair growth stimulation treatments for men and women who are suffering with thinning hair, receding hairlines or the appearance of balding on the scalp or crow of the head.
Dr Barbara Kubicka has also developed her own unique and comprehensive approach to hair loss, known as the Triple Synergy Hair System which combines vitamin injections and mesotherapy together with PRP for a full programme of hair loss treatment designed to boost the health of the scalp.
The Knightsbridge clinic offers a range of anti-ageing and medical skin treatments and serves patients who live and work in West London, including Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Mayfair.
To book a private consultation with Dr Kubicka, please telephone: 0207 125 0521; or email:firstname.lastname@example.org