Are you experiencing hair loss or hair thinning? Platelet Rich Plasma is an innovative treatment that may help restore hair growth and increase hair volume. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, used for years to promote healing in sports medicine and orthopaedics, has recently been found to promote hair re-growth.
HOW DOES PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) WORK?
Human plasma contains platelets and platelets contain growth factors. These growth factors play an important role in the way the body heals after injury. Platelet-rich plasma is blood that has been enriched with a high concentration of platelets. PRP is created by separating the plasma from one's own red blood cells (through centrifugation) making it 5 to 10 times richer in platelets. This plasma is injected into the area to accelerate tissue healing and the formation of new cellular growth.
With the ability of PRP to accelerate tissue regeneration and growth, it has been used for skin rejuvenation as well as hair restoration. PRP may help restore thinning hair by stimulating inactive and newly implanted hair follicles to an active growth phase. It is said to be a great option for patients who have recently undergone hair transplant surgery or for those who are not candidates for transplant surgery. For patients who have very minimal to no hair or genetic hair loss, PRP therapy is not appropriate as a stand-alone treatment; instead, it works best for male and female patients who are experiencing thinning hair.
HOW IS PRP PERFORMED?
To create PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient's arm, similar to having blood work done. This is then spun in a centrifuge so that the red cells are separated from the plasma. The platelet concentrate and plasma that remain are then collected into a syringe, which is then used to treat the patient via tiny needles into the scalp.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Individual recommendations will vary patient to patient and include various factors including but not limited to: genetic patient history, lifestyle factors etc.