How Does PRP Work?
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products that contain
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. 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 two decades with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, existing evidence demonstrates PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.
While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil but it is a promising non-surgical therapeutic option for those patients with hair loss.
How do you perform the procedure?
Blood is drawn in our office as though 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 blood sample is taken and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration using a state-of-the art PRP preparation device. After a double-centrifugation process, the platelets and other vital growth proteins are carefully extracted from the sample. Under anesthesia, a special micro needling device is used to stimulate the dermis of the scalp. This micro needling stimulation causes microtrauma to the dermis that induces other healing and growth repair cells into action. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp and applied topically.
The PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. PRP can be used preoperatively, intraoperatively or post operatively. Some patient’s chose to have PRP performed every three to four months as early data suggests regular or semiannual PRP treatments can stimulate hair growth on a contintual basis. As a courtesy to our hair transplant patients, we offer PRP during the hair transplantation process to accelerate healing and hair growth, increase the percentage yield of the grafts, and stimulate the existing scalp hair to thicken and grow along with the newly transplanted hair.