PRP Hair Restoration®
PRP Hair Restoration®
PRP Hair Restoration
Research shows that the growth factors found in platelets promote new hair growth, help thicken hair that has thinned and is in the process of thinning. Hair follicles can only be as healthy as the blood supply that nourishes them. Damaged hair follicles can be fortified and maintained using PRP therapy. Research has shown that when treating dormant follicles the platelet rich plasma actually triggers the dormant follicles to produce new hair. Benefits of this procedure include: longer lasting results, cost effective in comparison to more invasive procedures, more natural results, and little to no downtime.
PRP for Hair Loss
Platelet rich plasma, or often termed PRP contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body. PRP has been used in medicine for the last 30 years.
The benefits of platelets and the regeneration of tissue is widely known and accepted in medical literature, but its usage in recent medical conditions is currently being studied. The use of PRP to treat hair loss has the potential to change the way hair loss is treated around the world as it’s a revolutionary, new treatment for hair loss.
How does PRP help in treating hair loss?
If the hair follicles or hair roots are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy. Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from blood supply. If we introduce platelets by administering platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the area of damaged hair follicles, it amplifies the body’s naturally occurring wound healing mechanism. Some doctors around the world believe PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles preventing hair loss.
PRP therapy is performed in 3 stages.
First, approximately 10-20 ml of blood is collected from your vein. It’s very similar to having a routine blood test performed at your doctor’s clinic. The blood is collected by a nurse or perfusionist and placed in a special container. The container is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge where your blood is spun for approximately 5 minutes. When the centrifuge has stopped spinning, your blood components have now been separated. The concentrated platelets have been separated from your normal whole blood. The PRP that contains abundant growth factors and stem cells is now ready to be applied to the scalp. The goal of this process is to increase the effects of PRP therapy in hair loss.
The rich concentration of platelets now has to be applied to the scalp where hair loss has begun. Therefore, preparing the scalp to receive the PRP is necessary. For this, the scalp is stimulated to activate the wound healing process. Topical anesthesia is applied on the portion of the scalp where PRP will be injected. To prepare the scalp for PRP application, a special micro needling roller device is used. This roller device causes microtrauma to the lower layer of the scalp that induces other healing and growth repair cells into action. The microneedle roller uses 192 unique needles made up of titanium that pierce into the skin and open the skin to create micro wounds. Since it uses less pressure, the pain is minimal. Immediately, the highly concentrated PRP is injected in many different areas of the scalp.
The new rolling device product is a medical breakthrough for physicians to utilize because it causes the patient much less pain then similar products used in the past. This device also saves a doctor much needed time when performing this form of treatment.
Occlusive dressing is then applied on the scalp and photodynamic treatment on the injected area is carried out to further enhance the effects of PRP. Mild discomfort is expected during the treatment. You can return to your normal activity almost immediately, but your scalp needs protection from the sun and excessive irritation.
There are many benefits of using PRP treatment to promote healing for hair growth. Highly concentrated growth factors in the form of platelets have been shown to generate new hair growth, thicken thinned out hair, and make hair transplants grow thicker and healthier.
However, not everyone is an ideal candidate to undergo this procedure. Patients who have an active infection in the scalp, history of a viral infection like shingles, diabetes, any clotting disorder, or patients who are on blood-thinning medications like aspirin and immunosuppressive drugs like cyclosporine are not candidates for this procedure.
Also, if hair follicles are completely lost, this procedure is less likely to help patients. Patients may need to opt for hair transplant surgery.
The procedure takes one to two hours depending on amount of hair loss.. Since an inflammatory process is initiated at the wound site, there may be mild pain or discomfort felt by the patient at the site where PRP is injected. Patient are not advised not to take any anti-inflammatory medication since it may interfere in the natural healing process of PRP. Patients generally have to receive this treatment multiple times before they can see any results. However, some patients may only have to receive this therapy once a year. Follow up Low Laser Light Therapy In the office or at home is 30 minutes/week for 6 weeks.
The injected area may have mild swelling, it may even be tender to touch. Swelling may go away in few hours after the procedure while tenderness may go away in a couple of days. There is a possibility of the area getting infected, but this is rare.
PRP does not pose any danger of allergy, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body reaction and it is a safe choice for many patients.
Prognosis is generally good, but it varies from person to person. Most of the clinics practicing this therapy have reported almost 80% success rate.
Hair Loss Prevention
In most cases, hair loss is dependent on an underlying cause. When you treat the underlying cause, the hair loss is treated. On the other hand, hair loss that is due to poor hygiene, nutritional deficiencies, or stress can definitely be prevented. Good hair hygiene, regular shampooing, and proper nutritious diet rich in proteins, vitamins, and iron can possibly prevent certain types of hair loss. One can use hairstyles that do not damage hair.
Doctor Zhanna Tsukerman has trained with Dr. Charles Runels , the inventor of the Vampire Face Lift and has used PRP in numerous procedures very successfully.