Since the early 1990’s, PRP has been used as a conventional medical treatment to accelerate wound healing and has been widely used in orthopedic medicine to repair connective tissue damage. Today, the healing benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) have expanded to other types of medical applications including hair restoration therapy. The beneficial effects of PRP in genetic hair loss, or pattern baldness, are attributed to the platelet-derived growth factors that stimulate hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.
As a concentrated source of platelets, PRP contains multiple growth factors that trigger the skin and scalp to heal itself; promoting new cell growth and reducing inflammation. And when combined with hair transplant surgery, the PRP helps the hair graft grow at a faster rate. When used as a hair loss treatment, PRP helps to slow the progression of hair loss and can reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles to support new, strong and healthy hair growth.
At the start of your PRP treatment, a small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm. The blood draw is very similar to what you experience at your routine doctor’s appointment. The blood is then centrifuged so all that remains are concentrated platelets (PRP). This concentrated source of platelets is rich in multiple growth factors that stimulate new follicular hair growth. When used as a non-surgical hair growth treatment, studies have shown an increase in hair density in as little as four months. However, PRP treatment is not a cure for hair loss and depending on the results, treatment may be on-going or used in conjunction with other types of hair growth treatments.
A very thin micro needle will be used to systematically inject the PRP solution into your scalp at the level of the hair follicle. The PRP injections stimulate blood flow and deliver growth factors to your hair follicles while triggering an active hair growth phase — resulting in stronger healthier hair growth.
Stem Cell Assisted PRP Hair Growth Treatment
Stem cells have the unique ability to become another type of cell when needed; they are the body’s natural healing mechanism. When you cut your finger, stem cells heal the cut and regenerate the damaged tissue. Combining the healing mechanism of stem cells with the growth factors contained in the PRP, the hair growth cycle is activated, future hair loss may be stabilized and the overall health and vitality of the hair is improved.
Because the most concentrated amount of stem cells in the body is located in fat tissue, a very conservative liposuction procedure is necessary to harvest the stem cells. The fat is typically removed from the abdomen or love handles, but can be removed from any area of the body that has a small pocket of fat. Using a local anesthetic, the area where the fat is being removed is desensitized. A small cannula attached to a syringe is placed under the skin and is systematically moved back and forth to remove the fat. Using a special 32-step process, the stem cells are separated from the fat. Through this process, approximately 90 million stem cells are derived. The stem cells are then mixed with the PRP and injected into the thinning area of the scalp to trigger the growth cycle and regeneration process of the hair.
Platelet Rich Plasma Micro Needling Treatment for At-Home Use
To enhance the results of your PRP non-surgical hair growth treatment, single application doses of PRP will be prepared and sent home with you. The single application doses will be packaged in an easy-to-administer vial and will need to be stored in your freezer.
Working in sections, you will place a small amount of the PRP solution along your natural part or on the area of the scalp with the most hair loss. Using an at-home Mirco Needle Roller, you will systematically roll the PRP into the scalp. Continue this process until the entire scalp has been treated and you have used the entire syringe of PRP. The process should take approximately 10 — 15 minutes.
The recommended use of Propecia® and/or Rogaine® (Minoxidil) will boost the results of the PRP hair growth treatment. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, a PRP treatment protocol of repeated injections and home therapy will be recommended.