PRP or “Platelet-Rich Plasma” is concentrated blood plasma, which contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. An incredible amount of research has been done to understand the role of platelets in healing. A platelet’s role in clot formation is well known, but that is only a fraction of what they are capable of doing. Platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in signaling stem cells to regenerate and repair tissues, thus rejuvenating areas in need. For this reason, PRP could be considered a form of stem cell therapy.
Advancement in Medicine pertaining to Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, and Receding Hair Lines
Recently, the science behind PRP therapy affecting hair growth has shown it is a safe and effective medical option for male and female hair loss, hair thinning and receding hairlines.* It is deemed safe because PRP naturally utilizes your own platelets therefore having no risk of allergy or rejection with this procedure. It is deemed effective because of these growth factors aiding in healing and hair growth: platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins.
Procedure Explanation & Expectations
We obtain Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube, similar to a lab draw. This sample is specifically processed and prepared allowing the isolation of the platelet rich portion of the plasma from the rest of the blood. The platelets – and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors – can be 5-10 times greater (or richer) than usual. Once the PRP has been concentrated for maximal benefit, it is re-introduced to the patient in the area that needs restoration. First, we apply a topical numbing gel to the area for increased comfort. PRP is then injected into the scalp by the doctor in order to stimulate the hair follicle strength and promote stem cell activity. In addition to the injections, we insert a new sterile cartridge containing 12 microneedles into the Micropen™ and infuse PRP into the scalp topically to assist with the stimulation of the hair follicles. This nonsurgical, in-office procedure takes about 45 minutes to one hour, with no down time!
Time Frame For Results
Typically, 3 to 6 appointments spread out over the course of 4-6 months are required for best results.* You can expect this procedure to start showing results over 3-4 months and after at least two appointments.* Future appointments will be scheduled based on your individual response to therapy.