As we age, it is not just our bones, muscles and tendons that wear down over time. Our hair follicles can decrease or even deaden, preventing future hair growth for men and women. Genetics is the most common factor in alopecia, or baldness, but other influences such as diet, stress, medications, and pregnancy can be factors as well. For patients who find themselves concerned about their appearance due to hair loss, there are different cosmetic procedures used to stimulate growth. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is one such treatment.
Our blood is made up of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. When you get a cut, your body sends a signal that activates the platelets. Proteins, or bioactive growth factors in platelets work together to coagulate and prevent further blood loss, and to stimulate regeneration of the affected area. It is this action that led the medical field to realize that they can also work in different medical applications, including PRP therapy foralopecia.
A small amount of blood is drawn in an office setting and then is placed in a sterile centrifuge. This centrifuge is where the blood is spun at such a speed that it separates the enriched platelet filled plasma from the rest of the blood. This plasma will have 3 to 5 times the amount of platelets usually present in a sample. After separation has occurred, the plasma is injected into the patient’s scalp using a syringe or micro-needling device. Patients will need a series of visits to achieveoptimal results.
This treatment requires no surgery, no anesthetics (unless requested by a patient), and is relatively risk-free because the blood injection is done with the patient’s own blood. This minimizes the chance of infection or rejection from the body. The patientcan leave our office right after the procedure is done. Since PRP is low maintenance, it can be used in conjunctionwith other alopecia treatments to promote the regrowth of haireven further.
Although there have not been many controlled studies done on PRP, and it is not yet a FDA-certified treatment for hair loss, more testimonials and evidence pours in everyday promoting PRP’s success. If you are looking for an alternative solution for hair loss, schedule an appointment today with our experienced and professional doctors to see if PRP may be the right treatment for you.