Vampire Hair Restoration
Hair loss, thinning of the hair and decreased hair density are frequent symptoms associated to menopause. Two thirds of women report one of these symptoms, a problem that it is not loved by the use of hormone replacement therapy. The clinical manifestation of these abnormalities in the health of the forming units of hair is known as alopecia. There are different types of alopecia, androgenetic alopecia, alopecia aerata and cicatricial alopecia. The most common type of alopecia in women is androgenetic alopecia. Recent scientific evidence through meta-analysis, a well proven method to examine efficacy and safety of medical interventions has shown the success of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Activated platelets in PRP promote tissue pair and encourage hair growth with scarless healing. The addition of microneedling to direct injection has added improved efficacy in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women by enhancing the delivery of growth factors into the hair follicle, promoting cell survival and increasing vascularity to the hair unit.
In the case of alopecia aerata (complete hair loss in segmental areas) the treatment with PRP has proven superior to the injection of steroids. In cases of cicatricial alopecia the success of PRP is less proven with individual case reports showing success. A basic laboratory evaluation along with a clinical exam will elucidate the type of alopecia and the expected results with the use of PRP.