Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP therapy is a non-surgical, all-natural therapeutic procedure for male and female patients that are experiencing hair loss or that require stimulation of hair growth due to hair loss conditions.
The Science Behind PRP
Special cells called platelets can cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating stem cells located within the hair follicles. Platelet cells promote healing, responds to injury, promotes the formation of new cellular growth, and accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration. PRP in hair restoration is used to stimulate inactive or newly transplanted hair follicles therefore making the hair follicles in an active growth phase. Inside the platelets are granules that are eventually released during the healing and repair process. The granules contain properties for clotting and growth.
The first step in the PRP procedure is to have blood drawn just as you would at your primary care physician’s office for routine blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge so the PRP can be separated and removed from the remainder of the blood. Spinning down blood cells to a high concentration allows the platelets, along with the other vital growth proteins to rise to the top of the tube. The dermis of the scalp is then stimulated by a micro needling roller device that causes micro trauma to the dermis. This micro trauma is what induces healing and growth repair cells to kick into action. Finally, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the scalp as well as topically. The PRP procedure is all done under a topical anesthetic. Many patients have PRP done every three to four months or semiannually to be sure the hair follicles stay stimulated and continue to grow. PRP can be used pre-operatively, intra-operatively, or post operatively. PRP therapy is very well encouraged and even prescribed as a compliment to nonsurgical approaches. PRP is great for patients not eligible for surgery or for those wanting to delay hair restoration surgery. PRP can be used along side Minoxidil and DHT blockers and also works as an alternative for those that cannot tolerate the medications.
PRP Treatment is not for Everyone
Patients with a history of heavy smoking, drug, and/or alcohol use should not undergo PRP therapy. Patients with medical conditions such as chronic skin diseases, cancer, acute or chronic infections, chronic live disease, hypofibrinogenaemia, sepsis, platelet dysfunction syndromes, anti-coagulation therapy, systemic disorders, hemodynamic instability, or thrombocytopenias should also avoid PRP treatment.
For many years, PRP has been successfully used in other medical and surgical disciplines. PRP is a completely safe and natural procedure. It simply takes the good cells from your own body and relocates them directly to the area where the cells are needed. The is no chance of getting a blood infection since your own blood cells are being used. This also means that the cells will not be rejected by your immune system. PRP is not considered a cure for hair loss and the is not a guarantee about the effectiveness on each individual. The effectiveness of PRP in hair restoration has yet to be determined for clinical trials and medical data are not complete. Thus far PRP therapy seems to offer a promising alternative for natural hair growth for patients that are not candidates for surgery or wish to take a nonsurgical approach. PRP therapy is also beneficial to surgical patients, such as automated FUE or STRIP procedure patients. Stop suffering from hair loss, see if PRP suits your hair loss needs!