The American Academy of Dermatology reports that about 30 million women in the U.S. and 50 million men have hereditary hair loss. And that doesn’t include the millions of women struggling with thinning hair due to hormonal changes in pregnancy and menopause, or due to stress and other conditions. Most of whom are not good candidates for hair transplant surgery because women lose their hair all over, unlike men who lose hair on the back of the head and at the temples.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a concentrated sample of your own blood composed primarily of high levels of platelets. Platelets are a critical component of the wound healing process. Importantly, platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. PRP delivers a concentration of platelets and growth factors that is roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood.
A 2015 Study found that 3 PRP treatments at monthly intervals provided positive effects on male pattern hair loss with no major side effects. PRP treated subjects showed an increase in the number of hairs and the density of hairs. Stem Cells Translational Medicine 2015, 4 (11): 1317-23
What are Growth Factors?
Growth factors are necessary to initiate tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process. The highly concentrated level of growth factors found in PRP may optimize conditions for healing.
Our blood contains platelets, stem cells and specific growth factors that are designed to heal injuries. By extracting, concentrating and injecting platelets into your scalp, we can facilitate and accelerate tissue regeneration and healing, as well as improving blood supply to the scalp. PRP is a revolutionary procedure that has been used in oral surgery, neurosurgery, sports medicine and orthopedics for the past two decades with success. More recently, PRP’s growth factors and stem cells have been found to stimulate dormant hair follicles to grow hair. Hairs grow in to the center bald area. It may take up to 6 months to complete see results. The main purpose of PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles to enter the active growth phase
Am I a Candidate for PRP?
The use of PRP is considered by many to be a “new frontier” of regenerative therapy. Since clinical studies have shown that PRP can be used in many types of procedures for a wide range of patients, you should discuss your specific treatment with your doctor.
Men in their early twenties commonly find their hair loss has started. PRP works on bald spots and receding hairlines. So long as you have hair growing, you would be a candidate.
Women who are experiencing or have experienced hair loss due to hormonal changes including thyroid disorders, medications, and aging, are good candidates for PRP.
Male pattern baldness that results in a total loss of hair on the top and back of the head create shiny, bald spots, it may be irreversible. If there are no hair follicles or they are not open or visible PRP may not work, however, one of our hair transplant options can help. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to saving your hair.
How Could PRP Be Used for My Treatment?
The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure. PRP is generally applied topically to the repair site. It is often applied to bone and soft tissue repair sites to accelerate tissue regeneration. Clinical studies have shown that application of PRP can help reduce bleeding, minimize pain, reduce infection rates, and optimize overall healing.
A small amount of blood is taken from your arm. The blood is spun to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood components. The site is cleaned and numbed with local anesthetic. Before injecting PRP, your dermatologist may use Microneedling to stimulate the skin of the scalp and cause microtrama which induces healing and stimulates growth and repair.
Then the PRP is injected into the scalp in the areas to be treated. Proteins are released from the PRP solution almost immediately, and begin to stimulate hair follicles.
The procedure requires no down time and has minimal side effects. You may experience some swelling in the treated areas. It will resolve within the first 48 hours. Complete results may take up to 6 months.
Is PRP Safe?
Yes. PRP has been used clinically for over a decade. Leading clinicians in specialties such as Dental, Orthopedics, and Reconstructive Surgery routinely use PRP to deliver a cocktail of natural, bioactive growth factors. PRP is derived from a small quantity of your own blood drawn at the time of treatment. Because PRP is made from your own blood, it is insulated against the risk of disease transmission and inflammatory immune responses. PRP is made point-of-care at the time of treatment and under physician’s control.
How is PRP Made?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is made from a small sample of your own blood (approximately 1.5 oz.). The process concentrates the platelets found in the blood sample. These concentrated platelets contain huge reservoirs of growth factors. Growth factors are natural components of your body. Clinical data has shown that growth factors may enhance and accelerate your body’s normal healing process.
Preparation of PRP is a simple procedure that can be performed in an office or outpatient setting. The clinician draws a small volume of your blood at the time of treatment. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then further centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and hence your natural growth factors. The PRP is then available for your clinician to use as needed. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and adds no extra time to the procedure.
What are the benefits of PRP?
Potential benefits of PRP include: reduced bleeding, diminished pain levels, reduced infection rates, enhanced wound closure, accelerated tissue regeneration, and reduction of overall healing times.5-12 The use of PRP is a safe, clinically accepted procedure now readily accessible to all segments of the medical profession.
PRP can improve thinning hair and male pattern baldness. It is the non-surgical solution to hair loss and thinning hair, for men and women. It works for traction alopecia from hair extensions, and pony tails. Studies now show that PRP works in Alopecia areata (AA), a common autoimmune condition, causing inflammation-induced hair loss.