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Results from Turkish PRP Male Pattern Hair Loss Treatment Trial

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Trendy as it may be, substantial scientific proof that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) scalp injections work to restore hair loss is still thin on the ground.

Some studies say the procedure, which involves taking blood from the patient, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate it and injecting the most platelet-dense part of the mixture back into their scalp, works for androgenetic alopecia (AGA, also known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss) only as an adjunctive therapy when used alongside clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments.

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Others state that PRP may work for some people with thinning hair, but not others.

One thing most clinical trials investigating PRP do have in common is that they are small in size.

The latest study, from a Dermatology clinic team at the Seydisehir State Hospital in Turkey, which was published on 18th September 2019 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, is no exception.

With a total of 25 male participants, this too showed how PRP may work for some men but their level of hair loss when they first start treatment may determine the outcome, with those whose thinning is mild to moderate seeing better results than those with more advanced hairloss.

More studies into treatment performance factors needed

The Turkish research team stated an aim to “compare the efficacy and safety of physically activated PRP injections vs placebo in the treatment of male AGA“.

Their methodology involved conducting a randomized, placebo‐controlled, crossover study using treatments that administered either real PRP or a placebo. Hair density measurements were then assessed by taking the average of two independent blind measurements, and this score was used to determine the treatment’s efficacy.

They wrote of their findings, “In the group that received placebo first (Group 2), we detected a significant increase in hair density at the secondary endpoints after PRP treatment (P = .014). There was a greater proportion of patients with low‐grade alopecia in this group (53.3%) compared to Group 1 (30%).

This study provides data supporting the positive effects of PRP treatment on AGA in males, but further studies are needed to identify those factors that might affect PRP treatment performance, such as the stage of the disease.”

Alternative hair growth therapies

The effects of PRP for hairloss – and their value in terms of the expense of on-going sessions versus their hair regrowth performance – remain something of a grey area. Therefore, it is not something we offer here at Belgravia.

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One of the HairMax LaserBand wearable, FDA-cleared LLLT devices

One PRP alternative we do recommend to patients is low level laser therapy (LLLT), delivered via a home-use, FDA-cleared device, such as the HairMax LaserBand.

This ergonomic headband has medical-grade lasers and patented teeth embedded in its flexible frame to part the hair and allow the LLLT to be delivered straight to the scalp. This uses photobiostimulation technology which the company says stimulate the hair follicles into stronger, increased hair density and revitalised hair as well as helping to prevent hair loss.

Its manufacturers also claim that, with proper use – three sessions per week for between 90 seconds and 3 minutes each time depending on the model – the LaserBand has a 93 per cent success rate, based on clinical trial results.

Ideally this should be used as a hair growth supporting product to be used alongside clinically-proven hair loss treatments, though it can be used on its own.

For those unsure as to the best way to deal with losing their hair, or which may be the best hair loss solution for them, we recommend researching reputable hair loss clinics and having consultations. This will arm you with a professional diagnosis, personalised treatment recommendations and advice on additional ways to promote healthy hair growth, as well as answering any questions you may have.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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