The word “alopecia” means hair loss. Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It can range from small, individual smooth patches of hair loss, to total loss of all hair on the body – including ear and nose hair. Alopecia Areata is not uncommon, and current estimates suggest that 2% of the population will be affected by the condition at some point in their lifetime. It can affect people all ages, genders and ethnicity, but most commonly presents during childhood. Source: aaaf.org.au
The cause of Alopecia is unknown and there is neither a cure or a single treatment. Understanding the genes, hair follicle development, immune treatments, stem cells in the skin, some people have found that medications approved for other purposes can help hair grow back, at least temporarily. Scientists continue to study what causes Alopecia Areata.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the scalp. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that can stimulate healing of soft tissue. It is a relatively new form of treatment being used for androgenic alopecia and is being assessed as a treatment for alopecia areata.
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