Hair Restoration with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP and how does it WORK?
A sample of blood is drawn which is then spun in a centrifuge. That leaves only the enriched cells or platelets remaining to be used for hair restoration.
Human blood contains stem cells and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing its efficacy. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. Suggested treatment is 3-6 treatments every 4-6 weeks then a maintenance of twice a year.
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
Who Should Not Have PRP Treatment?
Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders.
Can I Use Other Medical Therapies Concurrently?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage it and prescribe PRP therapy as a compliment to a nonsurgical approach for those patients who are not eligible for surgery or who want to delay hair restoration surgery.