Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg.  2017 Jun;23(2):73-78. 10.14730/aaps.2017.23.2.73.

Effectiveness of Hair Care Products Containing Placental Growth Factor for the Treatment of Postpartum Telogen Effluvium

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Soonchunhyang Cheonan Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Soonchunhyang Bucheon Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea. peunsoo@schmc.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Postpartum telogen effluvium refers to a phenomenon in which some hair in the growth phase progresses rapidly to the resting phase, which leads to excessive hair loss. This causes a high level of psychological stress. Therefore, an increasing number of women are seeking treatment for this condition.
METHODS
The subjects of this study were postpartum women in the age range of 20 to 40 years who visited a university hospital between June 2015 and May 2016. Seven patients out of a total of 25 subjects were excluded, and their final follow-up visits were not performed because they found it difficult to return for the follow-up. After screening before delivery, the subjects were provided with hair care products. They visited the hospital 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after giving birth. During each visit, the hair density and thickness were measured by photographing with a camera and using Folliscope® (Aram Huvis Corporation, Seoul, Korea).
RESULTS
The hair thickness at the V-point improved from 0.089 µm at the baseline to 0.094 µm after using the shampoo for 3 months (P=0.028), and the hair density at the P-point increased significantly, from 75.24/cm² at the baseline to 81.33/cm² after using the shampoo for 3 months (P<0.001).
CONCLUSIONS
In this study, a shampoo and a tonic in which the main material was horse placental growth factor combined with various materials, such as pumpkin extract, panthenol, and niacinamide, were clinically applied.

Keyword

Alopecia; Cucurbita; Niacinamide; Placeta growth factor; Postpartum period
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