Q: Do Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and mesotherapy truly work in stopping hair loss?

Excessive hair loss among males of your age can be due to several reasons. Therefore, for any treatment suggestion or recommendation you will first need to arrive at a most likely diagnosis of the said complaint through standard clinical examination and necessary laboratory investigations. However, as the first diagnostic thought, male androgenetic alopecia would be the most likely cause of your problem in the list of differential diagnosis. Other causes can be telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium, alopecia areata, cicatricial or scarring alopecia and hair loss due to physical trauma inflicted to the scalp damaging the hair follicles.

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Male androgenetic alopecia, also known as common male baldness, happens in genetically pre-disposed males through an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. In telogen effluvium, excessive hair loss occurs due to disturbances in the hair growth cycle, which can be triggered by a long list of causes, including severe psychological stress. But it’s reassuring to know that most of these cases are reversible once the triggering factor or the cause is successfully treated.

Regarding treatments, including PRP therapy and mesotherapy (which is usually a formulation made of a combination of vitamins, amino acids and other hair growth stimulating agents), yes, they do have positive treatment results. But success is highly dependent on an accurate diagnosis as well as the treatment protocol and the professional smartness applied in designing the treatment.

Unfortunately, in cases of male androgenetic alopecia, my experience only shows a limited degree of positive results in slowing down the hair loss process. This positive effect could be enhanced if the sufferer is treated at the early stage of the disorder and by repeated cycles of treatment over a long period of time. However, it does not influence the ultimate progression of the disease if the sufferer’s genetic expression has already been coded towards a higher grade of baldness. In this case hair transplantation remains the only suitable treatment that can offer a reassuring outcome.

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir is specialist dermatologist and medical director at Dermacare Dubai. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.