Vampire therapy, the latest beauty treatment for younger skin, may also provide a cure for baldness. The 'vampire' treatment involves taking blood from the patient and processing it in a machine that extracts 'platelet-rich plasma' (PRP), which is then injected back into the head.
The research, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, conducted among a group of people suffering from alopecia areata, a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body, usually from the scalp. There were 45 subjects who received the injections on just one half of their head. Some of the subjects were given the PRP, some given a more traditional steroid treatment and others received a placebo.
Thereafter, hair growth was assessed by measuring the area where new hair grew on the bald scalp. It was found that the PRP subjects had a significant hair regrowth in the bald patches, as compared to others who received placebo and the steroid treatment.
Vampire therapy is already being used in some cosmetic procedures, to reduce the effects of ageing on the face and hands. The initial findings offer promise that it could also help those suffering from male-pattern baldness.
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