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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017 Apr;75(4):788-795. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2016.10.040. Epub 2016 Nov 15.

Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Indications, Technique, and Potential Benefits.

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1
Medical Director, Beau Visage Med Spa; Greater Waterbury Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut, Cheshire, CT. Electronic address: eferneini@yahoo.com.
2
Resident, General Practice Residency, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT.
3
Esthetician, Beau Visage Med Spa, Cheshire, CT.
4
Esthetic Nurse, Beau Visage Med Spa, Cheshire, CT.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to provide an overview of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injected into the scalp for the management of androgenic alopecia.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A literature review was performed to evaluate the benefits of PRP in androgenic alopecia.

RESULTS:

Hair restoration has been increasing. PRP's main components of platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor have the potential to stimulate hard and soft tissue wound healing. In general, PRP showed a benefit on patients with androgenic alopecia, including increased hair density and quality. Currently, different PRP preparations are being used with no standard technique.

CONCLUSION:

This review found beneficial effects of PRP on androgenic alopecia. However, more rigorous study designs, including larger samples, quantitative measurements of effect, and longer follow-up periods, are needed to solidify the utility of PRP for treating patients with androgenic alopecia.

PMID:
27918883
DOI:
10.1016/j.joms.2016.10.040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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