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Balding / Hair Regeneration

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Male hair loss, otherwise known as Androgenic Alopecia or male pattern baldness, is caused by the effect of the male hormones, called androgens, on genetically predisposed hair follicles (passed down the family tree). For those who are prone to hair loss, within these genetically programed hair follicles the male hormone ‘testosterone’ is converted into the androgen ‘Dihydrotestosterone’, or ‘DHT’, by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. It is the effect of this DHT that inhibits the growth of new hair cells, which in turn leads to male hair loss and in many cases, eventual baldness.

The MasterDerm’s exclusive MasterHair treatment protocols individually prescribed combination hair loss treatment courses for male hair loss have two main purposes. Firstly to block the DHT hormone (the cause of male hair loss) from reaching and destroying vulnerable hair follicles and secondly to stimulate and increase the blood circulation that is crucially needed to feed and nurture the existing hair follicles that are prone to the effects of male hair loss. Without a good blood circulation the hair follicles will gradually shrink and die.

Male hair loss is confined to the area at the top of the head and that is why men who go bald are often left with hair only at the sides and back of their heads. Why these hair follicles are left completely unaffected by male hair loss and the hairs on the top of the head are sensitive to DHT is one of the mysteries of life not yet solved.

These two diagrams represent the different stages of alternative patterns of male hair loss.

PRP for hair restoration

The clinical team at MasterDerm also uses PRP therapy to restore natural hair growth in men and women experiencing hair loss. The plasma is injected into the scalp, prompting blood cells to stimulate hair growth.

Unlike traditional methods of hair restoration, such as hair transplants, PRP is a simple, non-surgical procedure that offers reliable results: a fuller, healthier head of hair. Each procedure lasts about an hour and is virtually painless with a quick recovery. The number of treatments required for optimum results is dependent on a patient's individual needs. Although, regular treatment spaced between three to six months is beneficial.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss.

PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last two decades with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, existing evidence demonstrates PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP contains special cells called Platelets that cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells located in the Dermal Papilla as well as other structures of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerate the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.

If the hair follicles or hair roots are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy. Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from blood supply. If we introduce platelets by administering platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the area of damaged hair follicles, it amplifies the body's naturally occurring wound healing mechanism. Some doctors around the world believe PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles preventing hair loss. PRP is new and has the potential to redefine the future of the health care.

Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.

The PRP injection takes less than one hour including the preparation and recovery time.

With the response varying from patient to patient and for different injury locations and severities, the number of injections recommended may vary from a single injection up to 3–5.

During the PRP procedure, experienced physicians and trained staff draw a small amount of the patient's blood, and place it in an FDA approved device which is then spun at over 3000 RPM in a centrifuge for about 15 minutes. The centrifuge is used to separate different parts of the blood and the PRP is separated from the other components. After the blood has been separated in the centrifuge, the physician will then inject the concentrated PRP into the pre-determined site, using ultrasound image guidance to ensure that the PRP is delivered to the location that the physician believes will be most beneficial to the patient.

Benefits of PRP Therapy

The benefits of platelets and the regeneration of tissue is widely known and accepted in medical literature, but its usage in recent medical conditions is currently being studied. The use of PRP to treat hair loss has the potential to change the way hair loss is treated around the world as it's a revolutionary, new treatment for hair loss.

Platelets aid in clotting of blood which is the key to the body's ability to heal wounds. The idea behind PRP therapy is that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body's healing capacity in that area would be accelerated.

The injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a technique using the body's own blood to heal itself. Doctors incorporate its use for the growth of thinning hair, transplanted hair, and wound healing. Many patients have benefited from this form of treatment.

PRP Therapy Recovery

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort following the injection which may last for up to one week. This is an expected and healthy healing response time. Most patients are able to continue with normal activities or work shortly after the injection.

Before & After PRP Therapy Treatments