Researchers claim to have regrown hair on men’s bald patches by injecting them with a formula containing their own blood, leading to the nickname of “vampire treatment” being given to the alleged new hair loss treatment.
The process involves taking blood from the patient and then processing it in a machine that removes “platelet rich plasma” (PRP) from the blood. This PRP is then re-injected back into the scalp. Scientists claim that this solution then stimulates new stem cells below the skin, which can aid the regrowth of hair. A similar proceedure using PRP is already used to counteract the signs of ageing on the face and hands.
The research was conducted on people who had the hair loss condition alopecia areata, a fairly uncommon type of hair loss which affects around 2% of the population and is categorised as an auto-immune disease. The scientists who carried out the research also believe that it could be used to treat the more common condition male pattern hair loss. It does not seem the product has been licensed by the MHRA or FDA, so we will be keeping a close eye on developments related to this product and updating this page.
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