Androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, is a type of hair loss that causes balding in men at specific areas of the scalp, namely the temples and crown. By age 35, 66% of American men will suffer from some form of hair loss, and by age 50, 85% will suffer from noticeably thinning hair. Although hair loss is fairly common among men, hair loss is still an embarrassing experience for most sufferers. There are a variety of hair restoration products, medications, and procedures available but none that can naturally restore damaged hair follicles without exposure to chemicals that have been associated with adverse side effects or the risk of surgical scars and complications.
Recent clinical studies in the field of regenerative medicine have provided the hair restoration community with new understandings of cellular regeneration and the implications for male pattern hair loss. At ReGenMed, we use regenerative therapies like PRP Therapy for patients who desire a natural, non-surgical treatment option for male pattern hair loss. Our chief physician, Dr. Manohar Jethani, is board-certified in emergency medicine, and specializes in regenerative medicine, specifically platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy, to heal at the cellular level. He uses this revolutionary therapy to curb further hair loss and stimulate new hair growth in balding men.
A combination of age, genetics, and hormones have all been linked to the shortened hair growth cycle that results in male pattern hair loss. Initially, each hair cycle produces shorter and finer hairs, but as the condition progresses, hair follicles are eventually cut off from their blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair growth.
Male pattern baldness typically causes men to lose their hair in two primary patterns, receding at the hairline/temples and/or balding at the crown. The condition is caused by an excess of testosterone, which the body converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes the hair follicles to shrink, resulting in hair loss. Hair loss products like Rogaine or Propecia are designed to prevent further hair loss by blocking the production of DHT, but these products have been linked to a number of adverse side effects, such as severe headaches and decreased libido.
Hair restoration surgery is another treatment option where hair follicles are removed from healthy areas of the scalp and transplanted to balding or thinning areas. While effective, hair transplant surgery does not stop the underlying cause of hair loss, and hair loss sufferers can still experience future hair loss in other areas of the scalp following hair transplant surgery. Additionally, the exorbitant cost of hair transplant surgery is a barrier to treatment for some men.
PRP Therapy is a natural, safe, and effective therapy that heals and repairs damaged tissues and cells to promote cellular regeneration and growth. PRP Therapy has been used for decades in other areas of medicine, such as orthopedics and dentistry, to accelerate soft tissue healing, and the treatment has shown promise for male pattern hair loss. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery found that PRP Therapy not only reduced hair loss, but it significantly improved hair count and density in men who suffered from male pattern baldness .
The PRP procedure involves a simple blood draw and centrifugation process to separate and concentrate platelets from other blood components. Dr. Jethani then injects the PRP concentrate into balding and thinning areas of the scalp to stabilize hair loss and stimulate new hair growth.
Once injected, PRP releases growth factors that act as signal molecules to attract stem cells to the injection site. Once stem cells proliferate at the injection site, they initiate the repair and regeneration of damaged hair follicle cells, shifting dormant hair follicles from an inactive state to an active growth phase. As healing and regeneration continues over time, the once degenerated hair follicles will be able to grow new hair and retain growth permanently.
Benefits of Using PRP to Treat Male Pattern Baldness
PRP Therapy is a groundbreaking regenerative therapy that offers a number of advantages for hair restoration. The non-surgical nature of PRP Therapy is perhaps the most significant benefit of the procedure.
Patients who are not surgical candidates for hair transplant surgery or patients who want to avoid surgical hair replacement can regrow their own hair naturally by healing and repairing damaged follicles without surgery or medication.
Because the healing agent used in the procedure is derived from the patient’s own blood, the risk of rejection, infection, and other complications is fairly low, and patients can resume their normal daily routine immediately after the procedure with zero downtime.
Patients who undergo PRP Therapy for hair loss can also enjoy natural-looking, undetectable results because the hair simply regrows in its normal growth pattern.
Learn More about PRP Therapy for Male Pattern Hair Loss
If you want to reverse the devastating effects of male pattern hair loss without surgery or potentially harmful hair restoration medications, consider PRP Therapy at ReGenMed. Every non-surgical hair restoration procedure we perform is customized to the unique needs and desired outcome of each patient. Contact us to schedule your one-to-one consultation with Dr. Jethani today.
 Khatu, S. S., More, Y. E., Gokhale, N. R., Chavhan, D. C., & Bendsure, N. (2014). Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 7(2), 107–110. http://doi.org/10.4103/0974-2077.138352