Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study on the Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Women With Female Androgenetic Alopecia

    November 2016 in “ Dermatologic Surgery
    Carlos J. Puig, R. Neil Reese, Michelle L. Peters
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    TLDR PRP shows potential for treating female hair loss, but more research needed.
    This study investigated the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in women with female androgenetic alopecia. The study was double-blind and placebo-controlled, with 26 women randomly assigned to receive either PRP or a placebo. The results showed no statistically significant difference in hair count or hair mass index (HMI) between the two groups. However, 13.3% of the treatment subjects experienced substantial improvement in hair loss, rate of hair loss, hair thickness, and ease of managing/styling hair, and 26.7% reported that their hair felt coarser or heavier after the treatment. The study suggests that PRP may have promise in the treatment of female androgenetic alopecia, but additional controlled studies are needed to confirm its potential.
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