Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss.
PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last two decades with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, existing evidence demonstrates PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.
PRP contains special cells called Platelets that cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells located in the Dermal Papilla as well as other structures of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerate the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
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 is new and has the potential to redefine the future of the health care.
Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
The PRP injection takes less than one hour including the preparation and recovery time.
With the response varying from patient to patient and for different injury locations and severities, the number of injections recommended may vary from a single injection up to 3–5.
During the PRP procedure, experienced physicians and trained staff draw a small amount of the patient's blood, and place it in an FDA approved device which is then spun at over 3000 RPM in a centrifuge for about 15 minutes. The centrifuge is used to separate different parts of the blood and the PRP is separated from the other components. After the blood has been separated in the centrifuge, the physician will then inject the concentrated PRP into the pre-determined site, using ultrasound image guidance to ensure that the PRP is delivered to the location that the physician believes will be most beneficial to the patient.
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.
Platelets aid in clotting of blood which is the key to the body's ability to heal wounds. The idea behind PRP therapy is that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body's healing capacity in that area would be accelerated.
The injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a technique using the body's own blood to heal itself. Doctors incorporate its use for the growth of thinning hair, transplanted hair, and wound healing. Many patients have benefited from this form of treatment.
Patients typically experience minimal discomfort following the injection which may last for up to one week. This is an expected and healthy healing response time. Most patients are able to continue with normal activities or work shortly after the injection.
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PRP therapy offers a promising alternative for natural hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery. It is also beneficial therapy for surgical patients who want PRP therapy in conjunction with hair transplantation to optimize the results.
How many treatments will I need?
It varies. An individual may need just one treatment, and another may need three to four.
Is the procedure painful?
There may be discomfort when the PRP is injected. Pain medication is usually provided for soreness and swelling that is common the first two days after the procedure.
Does Insurance cover PRP?
In most cases, insurance does not cover PRP. Check with your provider for more information.
How quickly does PRP work?
This depends on the type of procedure and its severity. Most patients see improvement within two to six weeks.
Is PRP safe?
Yes, the risk is minimal because the treatment uses your own blood platelets and plasma, thereby eliminating the risk for disease transmission and your body rejecting it.
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