New Research on Vampire Hair Regrowth

bald_combingAs I have declared in previous blog posts, platelet rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a new treatment modality for hair regrowth.  Only now, a new article published in a journal of stem cell research confirms this declaration.

This article highlighted the results of a longitudinal group study involving hair regrowth.  The study was a placebo-controlled group study, meaning that some participants were treated with PRP for hair regrowth treatment, and others had their scalp injected with sugar water (or some other less effective liquid practically guaranteed not to regrow hair).

PRPFor the study, 20 patients received three treatments administered at monthly intervals, which is the protocol for Vampire Hair Regrowth that I use here at Maine Laser Skin Care.  Half of the scalp was injected with PRP, and the other half was injected with a placebo.

Interestingly, the evaluators of the study did not know which side of the scalp was treated in their assessment of the results.  This move was meant to keep the evaluators as impartial and unbiased as possible for the purposes of accuracy.

vampire_hair_B&AAt the end of three treatments cycles, the patients showed clinical improvement in the mean number of hairs, with an average increase of 45.9 hairs per centimeter of scalp treated with PRP.  Results also showed an increase in skin thickness, early hair root cells, and even a slight increase in circulation to the scalp around the hair follicles.  Positive results were seen as early as two weeks after treatments.

Another positive sign was that there were no significant side effects noted during or after the treatments.  The patients were analyzed for two years after their initial treatments.

hair_lossAfter 12 months, only four patients were found to have progressive hair loss.  These four patients were treated further, and then showed continued improvement.

The investigators in the journal, Stem Cells Translational Medicine, concluded the following: “Our data really highlight the positive affects of PRP injections on male pattern hair loss and absence of major side effects. PRP may serve as a safe treatment option against hair loss.”

I have been treating a number of men with hair loss with this therapy, and have seen significant results already.  As always, I want to keep you up-to-date on new research as it becomes available, and continue to incorporate cutting edge treatments into my aesthetic practice for the benefit of my patients and central Maine.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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