Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to get some information about the PRP hair injections for hair loss. I have been diagnosed with Telogen Effluvium. I believe it may be CTE now as its going on a year. Will this treatment help stop the shedding as well as help with growth?
A: PRP (platelet rich plasma) has had good success with a variety of medically induced hair loss problems, not just for androgenic male hair loss only. (PRP Hair) Since telogen effluvium is a reactive process and not genetically induced it should theoretically respond to a variety of stimulatory agents. PRP contains platelets which are concentrated sources of high levels of growth factors. Such growth factors are known to stimulate a variety of cells including the follicle cells in the hair bulb. For hair loss PRP is mixed with other hair growth agents such as niacin to maximize its effects. It is administered through a number of small droplet injections throughout the scalp using a very small 30 gauge needle. While there is no guarantee for response in any patient, the autologous nature of PRP has no downside to its use. PRP hair treatments can also be combined with other hair regrowth methods such as minoxidil for a synergistic effect.
Dr. Barry Eppley