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Int J Trichology. 2015 Apr-Jun;7(2):54-63. doi: 10.4103/0974-7753.160098.

Platelet-rich Plasma as a Potential Treatment for Noncicatricial Alopecias.

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1
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece.
2
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Attikon Hospital, Medical School, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and alopecia areata (AA) are common hair loss disorders affecting both men and women. Despite available therapeutic options, search for new, more effective treatment is constant. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) could be effective in promoting hair growth: (1) To present PRP and its mechanism of action in promoting hair growth and (2) to evaluate its preparation methods and its therapeutic potential in noncicatrial alopecias in a systematic review. An international bibliography search, through five databases, was conducted to find articles regarding PRP's action on hair loss. Growth factors in platelets' granules of PRP bind in the bulge area of hair follicle, promoting hair growth. In our systematic review, 14 articles matched our criteria, including 12 articles for AGA and two for AA. PRP is a potential useful therapeutic tool for alopecias, without major adverse effects. Nevertheless, due to the small number of conducted trials, further studies are required to investigate its efficacy.

KEYWORDS:

Alopecia; hair loss; platelet-rich plasma

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