Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair Growth
How Does It Work?
In hair restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) will be injected into the scalp. The application of PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. PRP activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, PRP Therapy has also regrown hair in alopecia area, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
The treatment requires preparing a small amount of the patient’s own blood (60 cc). The blood is then placed into a centrifuge and spun down into a powerful serum (derived from the separation of white and red blood cells, and platelet rich plasma) to help initiate cellular regeneration within your scalp. The platelets are specifically isolated, then combined with a biotechnology product called ACell, and then injected into the areas of thinning hair. A patient’s response to the procedure can vary from person to person, and will depend on the individual healing ability of one’s own body. Individuals receiving PRP therapy exhibit improvement after about 2 or 3 months, and can be repeated every month for the first four months.
Who Should Do It
Patients who are good candidates for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection are ones who have just started losing hair. They understand this is not a cure for baldness but rather a possible solution for thinning hair. They indicate they are not interested in surgery, they want to prevent more hair loss, and they are currently experiencing a lot of miniaturized hair.
PRP stimulates growth and attracts stem cells.
Platelets stimulate the healing process due to powerful cytokines, growth factors, and other regenerative and healing molecules. An extremely important function of platelets is their ability to release powerful growth factors, which are responsible for almost all repair processes that occur in the body.
These growth factors are called cytokines. Cytokines play a very important role in cellular communication, and accelerate tissue and wound healing. PRP is a concentration of these growth factors and many proteins that collectively stimulate repair and regenerate. By concentrating them, the regenerative properties of these cells are harnessed to make thinning hair get thicker when used as a stand-alone procedure for thinning hair. As a result of new scientific research, PRP has been added to many physicians’ offices as an all-natural medical procedure for hair loss or conditions causing hair thinning.
The recovery from PRP Therapy is typically uneventful. Pain is easily managed in most cases with non-narcotic analgesic medication such as Ibuprofen. Some mild swelling of the forehead is occasionally seen 4-6 hours after PRP injections. This is normal and will resolve in 48 hours. Avoiding vigorous activity is recommended until the swelling is gone. There is no other downtime or noticeable effects of the procedure. Patients can wash their hair normally immediately after the injections.