Stromal vascular fraction-enriched platelet-rich plasma therapy reverses the effects of androgenetic alopecia

Ghazala Butt, Ijaz Hussain, Fridoon Jawad Ahmad, Mahmood S. Choudhery*

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Background: Since antiquity, humans have been trying to devise remedies to cure androgenetic alopecia (AGA). These efforts include use of oral and topical concoctions and hair transplant strategies. As AGA affects people of all colors and creed, there has been a continuous effort to find a magic bullet against AGA. Unfortunately, to date, all the strategies to negate AGA effects have limitations and thus require new treatment options. Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of use of stromal vascular fraction (SVF) in androgenetic alopecia patients. Methods: Stromal vascular fraction was obtained by enzymatic digestion of autologous adipose tissue. The patients were divided into two groups, that is, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) group and SVF-PRP group. In PRP group, only PRP was injected, while in SVF-PRP group a mixture of PRP and SVF was injected in affected scalp areas. After two sessions (4 weeks apart), the patients in both groups were assessed and analyzed using various parameters. Results: Mean hair density in PRP group was increased from 52.44 hair/cm2 to 63.72 hair/cm2 (21.51% increase); while in SVF-PRP group, it was 37.66 hair/cm2 before treatment and 57.11 hair/cm2 after SVF-PRP therapy (51.64% increase). Percentage reduction in pull test was more significant in SVF-PRP group (80.78 ± 5.84) as compared to PRP group (34.01 ± 22.44). The physician and patient assessment scores also indicated a significant improvement in SVF-PRP group. Conclusion: A combined SVF-PRP therapy reversed effects of AGA more efficiently as compared to PRP therapy alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1085
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • adipose tissue
  • androgenetic alopecia
  • platelet-rich plasma
  • stromal vascular fraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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