AnteAGE MD Microneedling vs. PRP: Which Is Right For You?

Hair loss is a common battle faced by both men and women. While there’s no single magic formula to solving it, innovative treatments like microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy offer hope for those seeking to regrow hair and achieve a fuller head of locks. But with two strong contenders in the ring, how do you choose the right one for your hair restoration? 

Here, we’re delving into the science behind each hair loss treatment and comparing them across key factors to help you make the right decision for you and your hairline.

Understanding the Root of the Problem: Common Types of Hair Loss in Men and Women

Alopecia, the medical term for hair loss, refers to a number of different conditions, each with their own presentation and causes. Before discussing potential treatment options, it’s important to understand the underlying causes behind these different types of hair loss. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common culprits.

Androgenetic Alopecia (Male/Female Pattern Hair Loss)

This is the most frequent form of hair loss, affecting an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States alone. It’s characterized by a predictable pattern of hair loss – in men, a receding hairline and a thinning crown commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, and in women, general thinning hair at the part line and crown.

The primary culprit behind androgenetic alopecia is genetics. Inherited genes can make hair follicles more sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which miniaturizes hair follicles over time, leading to thinner and shorter hair growth until eventually, hair growth ceases altogether.

Alopecia Areata

This type of alopecia presents differently. Alopecia areata causes the immune system to attack hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss in round or oval patches, typically on the scalp, but it can also affect the beard and eyebrows. The exact reasons why the immune system targets hair follicles in alopecia areata are still under investigation, but genetics and autoimmune disorders are thought to play a role.

Telogen Effluvium

Unlike the other two types, telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss. It’s often triggered by a stressful event or physiological change in the body. This could be anything from severe stress or illness to childbirth, surgery or a rapid weight loss episode. Telogen effluvium disrupts the normal hair growth cycle, causing an increase in hair shedding. The good news is that once the underlying cause is addressed, hair growth typically resumes, and the lost hair eventually grows back.

Understanding the specific type of hair loss you’re experiencing is crucial for determining the most effective treatment approach. A dermatologist or trichology expert (someone who studies diseases of the hair) can diagnose the underlying cause of your hair loss and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired hair growth goals. Whether it’s AnteAGE microneedling, PRP therapy or a combination approach, there are options available to combat hair loss and promote healthier, fuller hair.

Next, let’s get into the details of these two therapeutic approaches to hair restoration.

AnteAGE MD Microneedling: A Powerhouse Procedure

Microneedling with AnteAGE MD is an in-office treatment that takes a multi-pronged approach to hair regrowth: microneedling plus a potent topical treatment. Microneedling, long used in the world of skin care for concerns like acne scars and fine lines, has the unique ability to improve skin health while increasing absorption of topical active ingredients.

How Microneedling Works for Hair Loss

First, a specialized device with tiny needles is stamped over the treatment area to create controlled micro-injuries in the scalp. These tiny punctures trigger the body’s natural healing response, increasing elastin and collagen production–two proteins vital for a healthy scalp–and boosting blood flow to kickstart the healing process. 

Then, the potent AnteAGE MD serum is applied over the treatment area. This unique serum boasts a cocktail of growth factors and cytokines, signaling scalp cells to repair, regenerate and promote hair follicle health. Think of them as cellular messengers stimulating hair growth.

The serum also contains stem cell conditioned media, an innovative ingredient that harnesses the power of stem cells derived from human bone marrow. It provides a rich source of beneficial stem cytokines, further supporting new hair growth and follicle function.

Does Microneedling for Hair Loss Have Any Side Effects?

Side effects of an AnteAGE MD microneedling procedure are generally temporary and resolve on their own. They include redness, tenderness, itching and swelling of the treated area. Scalp microneedling does carry a small risk of infection; you can lower your risk of this occurring by visiting a qualified healthcare provider and following all aftercare instructions.

Boost Your Results with the AnteAGE MD Home Hair System

While in-office AnteAGE MD microneedling treatments deliver impressive results, for an extra boost, consider incorporating the AnteAGE MD Home Hair System into your hair restoration regimen. This kit provides daily support to optimize your scalp environment and maximize the benefits of microneedling sessions. It consists of an at-home microneedling device, special thickening hair brush and the AnteAGE Hair Serum.

This system can be used up to 5 days a week to deliver a continuous dose of growth factors, anti-aging peptides and oligopeptides, powerful botanical extracts and moisturizing hyaluronic acid directly to the scalp. Regular use of these active ingredients and the dermapen device complements your in-office microneedling sessions, which use longer needles and thus should only be performed every few weeks.

By using the AnteAGE MD Home Hair System alongside your scheduled microneedling sessions, you can create a powerful one-two punch to combat hair loss and achieve your desired hair growth goals. 

PRP Therapy: Unleashing Your Body’s Healing Potential

PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, therapy is an innovative in-office procedure that harnesses your own body’s regenerative abilities. Used for wound healing and advanced skin care, it’s now gaining popularity for its ability to promote hair regrowth. Here’s how it works.

How PRP Treats Hair Loss

During PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is drawn. This blood is then centrifuged, a process that separates the various components of your blood. Platelets, tiny cell fragments essential for blood clotting, are concentrated in the plasma portion of your blood, creating platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This concentrated solution is teeming with growth factors, including:

  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF): Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the scalp, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery to hair follicles.
  • Epidermal growth factor (EGF): Promotes the proliferation and differentiation of hair follicle cells, leading to thicker and denser hair growth.
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF): Further supports the development of new blood vessels, enhancing blood supply to the scalp.
  • Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β): Plays a role in hair follicle regulation and may promote hair growth.

The concentrated PRP is then strategically injected into the scalp, directly targeting areas experiencing hair loss. These injections deliver a potent dose of growth factors directly to the hair follicles, stimulating cellular activity to increase your hair count.

In addition to the concentrated growth factors, PRP also contains other beneficial components like cytokines and exosomes. These elements further enhance the regenerative potential of PRP therapy, reducing inflammation and promoting a healthier scalp environment for hair growth.

PRP for Hair Loss Side Effects

PRP therapy has a good safety record with minimal side effects. Since the PRP is derived from your own blood, there’s no risk of allergic reaction. However, some temporary discomfort is possible, including mild pain and scalp soreness, redness, swelling and bruising. These temporary injection site reactions typically fade within a short period.

Weighing the Pros and Cons: Choosing Your Champion

Both AnteAGE microneedling and PRP therapy offer distinct advantages and considerations. Here’s a quick look at how they stack up against each other.

FeatureAnteAGE MicroneedlingPRP Therapy
ProcedureTiny needles create micro-channels in the scalp, followed by application of AnteAGE MD serum.Blood is drawn, processed to concentrate platelets, then injected into the scalp.
ProsMinimally invasive, shorter treatment, suitable for most skin types, combines with AnteAGE MD System.Utilizes body’s healing factors, may stimulate thicker hair growth, reduces scalp inflammation.
ConsMay require multiple sessions, cost varies depending on provider and area.Requires blood draw and injection, longer treatment, may not suit all skin types, typically more expensive.
CostGenerally less expensive than PRP upfront.Generally more expensive upfront.
DowntimeMinimal, may cause temporary redness and irritation.Minimal, may cause some soreness at injection sites.
SuitabilityEffective for various hair loss types (consult dermatologist for specific case).Effective for various hair loss types (consult dermatologist for specific case).
CombinationMay be combined with PRP for potentially better results.Can be used standalone.

The Final Round: Combining Forces?

While both treatments can be effective on their own, some studies suggest that combining AnteAGE microneedling with PRP therapy might offer even more promising results. This approach leverages the benefits of both methods: microneedling creates channels for deeper absorption of the growth factors delivered by PRP.

Adding in Other Treatments

In fact, in-office treatments don’t  have to be your limit. Many people battling hair loss wonder if they can combine microneedling with topical minoxidil, a popular FDA-approved over-the-counter medication. The answer, in most cases, is yes! Minoxidil works by stimulating blood flow to the scalp and increasing the growth phase (anagen) of hair follicles. If it’s used in combination with microneedling, the tiny channels created in the scalp act as pathways, allowing for better absorption. One pilot study found that combining microneedling with minoxidil led to improved hair growth compared to using either treatment alone, and some individuals might experience faster results when combining these therapies. 

For men, topical finasteride can also boost hair growth. Finasteride blocks the conversion of testosterone into a hormone that shrinks hair follicles in men, thus slowing hair loss.

Another at-home option for both men and women is Nutrafol, a daily hair growth supplement. Its active ingredients are botanical extracts, so it doesn’t have any of the side effects associated with some hair loss medications.

Can PRP or Microneedling Replace a Hair Transplant?

While these treatments offer effective solutions to stimulate hair growth and improve hair health, they are not a complete replacement for hair transplant.

Hair transplants involve surgically extracting healthy hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp and transplanting them to bald or thinning areas. This approach directly increases hair density in areas of significant hair loss. PRP and microneedling, on the other hand, cannot create new hair follicles. They primarily work to stimulate existing follicles to grow thicker, healthier hair.

For that reason, PRP and microneedling are generally well-suited for mild to moderate hair loss. For advanced hair loss with significant balding, a hair transplant might be a more suitable option to achieve your desired density and fullness.

However, PRP and microneedling can be valuable tools to complement hair transplants. PRP therapy might be used in conjunction with a hair transplant to promote faster healing and improve the growth of transplanted hair follicles. Microneedling can also be used post-transplant to enhance overall scalp health and stimulate native hair growth in the surrounding areas.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, the best way forward in your hair restoration journey depends on your individual needs, budget and hair loss severity. Consult a qualified dermatology or trichology expert to discuss your options and create a personalized hair restoration plan.

Remember, consistency is key! Whether you choose AnteAGE microneedling, PRP therapy or a combination approach, multiple sessions and ongoing maintenance are often necessary for the best results.

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