PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be can be performed in combination with a regular hair transplantation procedure, in conjunction with a regular program of laser hair therapy, or as a stand-alone procedure. PRP works to reverse hair thinning and stimulate hair growth utilizing stem cells science applied to the crown, front hair line and top of your head.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment: What Exactly Is It?
Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP for short) therapy is a relatively new procedure in which the patient’s own blood cells are utilized to help improve and regrow the patient’s hair. The patient’s blood is draw, subjected to a centrifuge to separate plasma from the whole blood. Blood plasma is rich in platelets which contain substantial growth factors. The platelet rich plasma is then re-injected into the patient’s scalp. Because a local anesthesia is used, any discomfort from the injections is minimized.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Once the PRP is injected into the patient’s scalp, powerful enzymes are released which in turn promote the healing of scalp tissue as well as the actual hair follicles themselves. This technology is very similar to the technology used in stem cell research. PRP growth factors encourage and stimulate hair regrowth in both men and women, as well as thickening existing hair follicles.
In PRP therapy, platelet cells can be used to stimulate hair follicle growth by stimulating underlying stem cells in the dermal papilla as well as the hair follicles. These platelet cells promote healing, accelerating the rate and degree of tissue healing, and the formation of new cellular growth. Inside the platelets are a host of intracellular structures including lysosomes, alpha granules, and glycogen which are significant in terms of growth factors, healing and repair.
Is PRP Therapy for Me?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy provides an exciting alternative to stimulate natural hair growth for those patients who are not viable candidates for hair transplant surgery. It as also been shown to be beneficial in hair transplant patients when used as a complimentary procedure in hair transplantation.
For men and women looking to do something about their thinning hair and who are contemplating hair loss treatment or hair transplantation, PRP therapy may be worth considering. Always remember that results vary from one patient to the next, but PRP therapy as a non-surgical option, may be able to help you if you are experiencing hair thinning or hair miniaturization and are looking to improve the caliber and thickness of your existing hair.