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What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Our skilled technicians apply patients' own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to areas where they are experiencing hair loss and/or thinning hair. The PRP stimulates hair growth, naturally encouraging the body to produce new/healthy hair follicles. This treatment is ideal for patients with receding hairlines, thinning hair, or bald patches.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Hair Loss Countless people across the country have tried to find a safe and effective treatment for hair loss. There have been pills, steroid treatments, liquid that are rubbed into the scalp, and even surgical procedures.
These treatments can cost as much as $15,000, and sadly they don't always work as well as people would like. However, research has shown that platelet-rich plasma might provide the kind of safe and effective hair loss solution that people have always wanted.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is plasma protein that has been derived from whole blood and centrifuged to remove red blood cells and increase the concentration of platelets, the component of blood that allows it to clot and promote healing.
Although research on platelet-rich plasma is still ongoing, it has been used to promote healing in patients with muscle tears, sprains, and similar soft-tissue injuries. It has mostly been used to treat sports injuries, but researchers believe it can be used as a treatment for hair loss.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Prevent Hair Loss?
Platelet-rich plasma contains essential proteins that seem to stimulate hair growth when the plasma is injected into the scalp, much like it promotes healing in soft tissues. The PRP is derived from the patient's own blood that is drawn and treated in a cetrifuge to remove red blood cells and increase platelet concentration.
Platelet-rich plasma seems to be the most effective for men and women with androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary hair thinning that is often referred to as male-pattern baldness. It may also be effective in women with traction alopecia, or hair loss caused by too-tight ponytails and other hairstyles that pull hair out. The best candidates are those who have just started to lose their hair since it won't help anyone regrow significant amounts of hair if they are mostly bald.
Like much of the field of regenerative medicine, more research needs to be completed on platelet-rich plasma therapy as a hair loss treatment, but research has been promising so far. One study of 11 patients showed that there was a "signficant reduction in hair loss," and that there seemed to be few side effects of the treatment.
The FDA has yet to approve platelet-rich plasma injections as an effective hair loss treatment, and there clearly needs to be more research completed. Still, men and women around the world who are concerned with their thinning hair may have the solution to their hair loss issues.
How does it work?
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.