Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Use your body’s own blood to facilitate the growth of thinning hair as well as transplanted hair!

In keeping up with the very latest and most cutting edge proven therapies, The Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic is now offering platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP involves the application/injection of plasma that has about 5X the amount of platelets as in circulating blood. The platelets secrete numerous growth factors, including PDGF and VEGF, which have positive effects such as speeding up the growth rate of grafts. PRP is also being injected into the hair on top of the scalp that is undergoing miniaturization due to androgenic alopecia.

PDGF

PDGF stands for “Platelet Derived Growth Factor”. It is one of the growth factors, or proteins that regulate cell growth and division. In particular, it plays a significant role in blood vessel formation (angiogenesis), the growth of blood vessels from already existing blood vessel tissue.

FUE/FUT combined with PRP

Hair transplants are “free grafts” which are implanted without re-attaching a new blood supply. PDGF facilitates the regrowth of blood vessels and increases the survival of the graft. VEGF stands for “Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor.” VEGF is a chemical signal produced by cells that stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. It is part of the system that restores the oxygen supply to tissues when blood circulation is inadequate. Until this process is complete, the graft must survive by passively absorbing oxygen from the surrounding tissue.

In hair transplantation, PRP can be injected into the recipient site area to stimulate the healing of the transplanted grafts. PRP can be injected or applied as a gel. The use of PRP in hair restoration surgery can enhance donor site wound healing, reduce donor scarring and enhance recipient site healing.

PRP for already thinning hair

Finally, we are offering PRP treatment to our patients’ native hair before it falls out. Of course we cannot predict what the advantages will be for our patients, but we are hopeful that it will improve the coverage for our patients and prolong the life of their native hair. We anticipate that the growth factors will improve the diameter of growing hairs and thus improve the coverage. Of course it could also improve hair color, the total number of hairs in the growintg phase, and the duration of the growing phase (anagen) for our patients. We will begin to study the benefits of PRP in patients who choose to treat their native hair with the PRP.

Minoxidil Alternative

Patients, who refuse to take medications such as Rogaine (Regain), may find that PRP serves as an adequate or better substitute to these medications alone. We will also be able to offer PRP to our female patients who thus far have had very little in the way of pharmacologic treatment for their hair loss. In short, PRP offers many new treatment options for patients who are undergoing hair transplant surgery and for patients who wish to add a potentially significant additional treatment option to their hair loss.

Advantages of PRP

Of course we cannot predict what the advantages will be for our patients, but we are hopeful that it will improve the coverage for our patients and prolong the life of their native hair. We anticipate that the growth factors will improve the diameter of growing hairs and thus improve the coverage. Of course it could also improve hair color, the total number of hairs in the growintg phase, and the duration of the growing phase (anagen) for our patients. We will begin to study the benefits of PRP in patients who choose to treat their native hair with the PRP.

Patients, who refuse to take the advised medications such as DHT blockers, may find that PRP serves as an adequate or better substitute to these medications alone. In short, PRP offers many new treatment options for patients who are undergoing hair transplant surgery and for patients who wish to add a potentially significant additional treatment option to their hair loss.