This 60-year-old lady has a 16-year history of pattern hair loss and wants to stop using Rogaine and move on to PRP treatments.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical hair loss drug originally intended to treat hypertension. One of its side effects was increased hair growth, so it began to be used hair loss treatment. Thinning hair occurs because the normal growth cycle (anagen phase) of hair is diminished, and the phases wherein it stops growing (catagen phase) and sheds (telogen phase) becomes prolonged. While the complete mechanism and science behind Rogaine is not fully understood, it was observed that Rogaine could prolong the growth cycle of thinning hairs, allowing the user to keep their hair growing longer before normal shedding.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma), on the other hand, is a concentration derived from the patient’s own blood, and contains several healing and growth factors that are beneficial to hair growth. Dr. Prasad’s observation is that PRP alone cannot stop the progression of hair loss, though it can provide a short-term improvement in hair growth, given that the patient has monthly maintenance injections.
Dr. Prasad has developed his own non-surgical hair loss treatment that makes use of PRP combined with ACellular matrix or extracellular matrix—the Trichostem Hair Regeneration System. This combination allows the treatment to be limited to just one injection session, with a possible second injection treatment over a year later in more severe hair loss cases. This treatment has also been able to stop the progression of hair loss, as well as thicken existing thinning hairs. The treatment has been very successful, showing favourable results in over 99% of male pattern hair loss patients, and over 80% in female pattern hair loss patients. In the right cases of male pattern hair loss, the Hair Regeneration treatment can exceed the results of two hair transplants.
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