• Science Saturday: Platelet rich plasma found to be effective in regrowing hair

Platelets spun from a person’s own blood may be a new option for treating baldness in women, according to research at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. A pilot study found platelet rich plasma (PRP), a regenerative therapy associated with natural growth factors and tissue healing, regrows hair as well as other treatments on the market. The findings could lead to new options for hair restoration beyond the pills or creams currently available.  

Hair loss occurs when the cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is damaged. There are several causes of hair loss, and not all treatments work for all hair loss.

Androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss known as male- or female-patterned hair loss. Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus recently completed a clinical trial designed to validate platelet rich plasma to treat hair loss in women. The results, published in Journal of Dermatological Surgeryfound PRP to be effective in regrowing hair when injected into the skin of the scalp. 

Read the rest of the article on the Center for Regenerative Medicine blog.

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