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NORTH TEXAS(CBSDFW.COM) – Andrea McIntyre knows a thing or two about hair loss.
“It became more sparse since menopause,” says McIntyre. “I could begin to see receding hairline. As a woman the hair is part of what makes you different than a man.”
So the Carrollton resident is out for blood. She’s getting a treatment that uses plasma from her own blood which is injected straight into her scalp. It’s called Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy or PRP, which uses plasma from her own blood, mixed in with amniotic stem cells and injected straight into her scalp. Plasma is said to stimulate dormant hair follicles..
“We found that we can slow down, stop and even reverse your hair loss,” says Dr. Joseph Yaker of the Texas Center for Hair Restoration in Plano. He says it works on both men and women.
“I wouldn’t say this is a cure for baldness but this is certainly a Band Aid,” says Dr. Yaker.
He says the mixture of plasma and amniotic stem cells stimulates re-growth and thickens hair follicles. But the devil is in the details and for PRP to work, hair follicles are a must.
“If you are fully bald or extremely bald, it won’t be beneficial,” says Dr. Yacker. “It will be good for people who are thinning.”
It takes two sessions of optimum results and the cost runs about $3,000. And the annual maintenance that’s required could cost you more. Also the treatments can cause bruising and soreness.
But Andrea McIntyre says that’s a small price to pay.
“I do notice a change. I’m really pleased with it,” says McIntyre.
For her, it’s not about vanity, it’s about confidence.
PRP is not approved by the FDA but in an email to CBS 11, the FDA says, “The agency has historically not objected to licensed medical practitioners using autologous PRP to treat patients.”
But it does have certain conditions that include using plasma use on individuals only and doctors cannot claim the effectiveness of PRP therapy.
There are two other drugs approved by the FDA- Minoxidil found in Rogaine and other products and Propecia which is a hair growth treatment for men only.
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