PRP for Hair Loss
PRP Hair Restoration Therapy
At Rejuv Cosmetic Center, we are pleased to offer PRP Treatment for Hair Loss as a preemptive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing Hair Loss. PRP is an innovative non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth due to Hair Loss conditions.
If you suffer from Hair Loss, look no further than our PRP Treatments. PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, uses your own platelets and white blood cells, which are rich in growth factors to increase hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Rapid results are seen with recommended treatment protocols. Reverse your Hair Loss with PRP Treatments that simply use your own body’s brilliant mechanisms and little to no downtime.
Recent scientific research and technology affords the medical community with new insight regarding wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, we acknowledge that PRP is a pure, homologized medical procedure performed in Physician’s offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
How does PRP Treatment for Hair Loss work?
Human blood is comprised of mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that consist of essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP Therapy. It has been used a Medial Adjunct Therapy for over 20 years for skin and wound healing. PRP Therapy is recognized as an effective medical treatment technique in 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. No claim can be made of its efficacy. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA-approved therapies like DHT Blockers and Minoxidil, but it is an auspicious, non-surgical treatment option for patients with Hair Loss.
What to expect during and after PRP Treatment
Blood is drawn in our office as if you are having routine blood testing at your Primary Care Physician’s office. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.
The PRP is removed from your body and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. We use the Healeon Medical PRP System. It is a closed sterile system and the platelets are concentrated to 3 times the normal blood values. The system eradicates granulocytes, which hinders tissue regeneration and wound healing. An Anesthesia Block is administered to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain. The highly concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed and the patient may drive home without any assistance. No sedation or any medication is administered during the procedure to inhibit the ability to drive or use machinery.
PRP features numerous growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. PRP can be used preoperatively, intraoperatively, or postoperatively. Some patient’s chose to have PRP performed every 3 to 4 months, as early data suggests regular or semiannual PRP Treatments that may stimulate hair growth.
The Science behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
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 hair follicle’s microenvironment. These special platelet cells encourage healing, expedite the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, react to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The main purpose of using PRP in Hair Restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The platelets contain numerous intracellular structures, including Glycogen, Lysosomes, and Alpha Granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are gradually released during the healing and repair process.
PRP specific cells that promote hair growth 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; and,
Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body.
PRP Treatment Results for Hair Loss
Individual results vary with each patient. No guarantees of success can be made but PRP preliminary studies show patients can respond to PRP Therapy. Some Hair Restoration Surgeons apply PRP to the scalp for those patients who are not surgical candidates every 3 to 4 months. Other procedures will use PRP before or during surgery to insure graft survivability.
Who should not have PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?
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, Anticoagulation Therapy, Chronic Skin Diseases or Cancer, Metabolic and Systemic Disorders.
Is PRP right for me?
PRP has been used successfully in other medical and surgical disciplines for many years. The choice to use PRP is a personal one and should be made after careful research, consideration, and consultation with a Physician. PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the good cells from your scalp and injects them directly back into the area where they are needed. There is absolutely no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. PRP uses your own cells that are not modified or changed; as such, it will not be rejected by your immune system.
Comprehensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP Therapy for Hair Restoration. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for Hair Loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. No claim of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth can be made because there is no FDA approval that would permit such claims to be made.