What it is:
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is the latest treatment option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss and thinning.
Who it is for:
Male and Female patients experiencing hair loss and/or thinning hair.
Who is it NOT for:
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. Patients that have a very shiny scalp and no hair is present are not candidates as well.
How it works:
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is your very own blood that is drawn in office and spun down to separate out the platelets and plasma. Within this serum, is your very own growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing – helping to stop hair loss and promote new growth. The growth factors that are most beneficial in regards to PRP Hair Loss Treatment include:
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
The platelets and growth factors in PRP 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 cells promote healing; accelerate 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 slow/stop hair loss and promote new follicles into an active growth phase.
How to prepare:
PRP works by responding to your own bodies growth factors, therefore being healthy as possible is key.
How is it performed:
The PRP is injected into areas of the scalp showing signs of hair loss or thinning. A cold air chiller is used to help provide comfort. The actual treatment takes only 5-10 minutes. Immediately afterwards you may go right back to your daily routine.
Plan on avoiding aspirin, Advil, caffeine and alcohol after your treatments.
Most patients should expect to receive a total of 6 treatments in the first year. The first 3 treatments are spaced 1 month apart – they are to stop hair loss. The next 3 treatments are spaced 3 months apart – they are to promote new hair growth. To maintain your new growth after the first 6 treatments, 1 treatment every 3-4 months is expected.
Expectations of Treatment Results:
Results will vary from patient to patient as the success of this treatment depends on your body responding well to your own PRP (platelet rich plasma). No guarantees of success can be made, but PRP preliminary studies indicate patients do respond to PRP therapy. Larger clinical studies are pending, but the current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results.
PRP has been used as a medial adjunct therapy for over two decades for skin and wound healing. PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.