Hair Loss Specialist

PRP in Philadelphia

Stuart A. Kauffman, D.O.

Regenerative Medicine Specialist located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Androgenic alopecia is the most common hair disorder that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments like medications such as minoxidil and finasteride. For male and female hair loss and thinning, Stuart A. Kauffman, DO, offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at his practice, PRP in Philadelphia. Located in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kauffman uses PRP to regrow hair for greater thickness, fullness, and strength. To schedule a consultation, call the office or set up an appointment using the online booking feature today.

Hair Loss Q & A

What causes hair loss?

Chronic hair loss is commonly related to genetics and hormonal changes. In men, it’s called male pattern baldness, and, in women, it’s called female pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Other factors that contribute to hair loss for men and women include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Pregnancy and postpartum
  • Stress, both physical and emotional
  • Vitamin and mineral imbalances
  • Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Medications, including antidepressants and blood thinners

For hair loss triggered by life changes, including pregnancy and stress, you may regain hair growth and thickness after the changes or stressors have passed.

What types of hair loss can be treated with PRP?

Chronic hair loss caused by genetics and hormones can be treated with platelet-rich plasma injections in addition to traditional medications and topical products. The problem with medications and other products is they must be used continuously and have limited effectiveness.

As an alternative, Dr. Kauffman recommends PRP injections for long-lasting results. PRP injections have been shown in numerous research studies to increase hair growth, follicle thickness, and prevent hair fall out.

How does PRP for hair loss work?

PRP for hair loss is a simple three-step process to stimulate hair growth through improved blood supply to your scalp. First, Dr. Kauffman collects samples of your blood, just like with a regular blood test. Depending on the size of the treatment area, he may collect multiple vials of blood for processing. During the processing step, your blood samples are spun in a centrifuge which separates the platelets from your red blood cells.

Dr. Kauffman extracts the platelets and adds a thickening agent to create a platelet-rich gel. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Kauffman uses an insulin syringe to inject the platelet-rich gel into your scalp. Generally, you’ll experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation during the procedure and may notice some redness in your scalp for a few hours afterward.

Injections can be repeated over a series of weeks or months to encourage more hair growth. Within three months, you’ll see less hair fall out, more new hair growth, and thicker hair.*

To determine if your hair loss can be improved with platelet-rich plasma therapy, call PRP in Philadelphia or schedule an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.