[bt_quote style="box" width="0"] PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is new and exciting, non-surgical concept of regenerative medicine to stimulate natural hair growth.[/bt_quote]
[bt_accordion width="0" active_first="yes" icon="plus-square-1"] [bt_spoiler title="Definition" icon="list"] The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase as PRP contains many growth factors essential for hair growth such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). It is also referred to as 'Vampire' or 'Dracula' therapy; as it involves blood being taken from patient's own body, processed and then re-injected directly back into patient's scalp.
PRP therapy is used in hair restoration for natural looking results. With a thin needle, your own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into the scalp. Then the growth factors in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated.
PRP Hair Restoration is suitable for both men and women. It is a state of the art, non surgical, totally natural, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair thinning. It is an injectable treatment which uses the patient’s own blood.
Our blood plasma (PRP) contains active growth factors which can promote hair growth. Helping to restore one’s confidence, the end result is a fuller, healthier looking head of hair.
The cost of PRP hair treatment can be considerable, as more sessions may be needed to obtain the desired result. PRP is also being used in conjunction with some hair transplant procedures. At this time there is not yet clinical proof that it works, but the results are very promising. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" How does PRP work?" icon="list"] PRP therapy has been used extensively in sports injuries and other surgical specialties for the last two decades with 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 follicles. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase. So what you get after this therapy is 'Better and Faster' growth rate of your hair. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Procedure " icon="list"] It is a very simple, half-an-hour lunch-time procedure and you can join your work immediately after the treatment.
1. First blood is drawn from your vein like you give blood for any other blood test.
2. Then this blood is processed and centrifuged and PRP is separated from the rest of the blood.
3. Finally under topical anaesthesia, PRP is injected into the scalp using dermaroller or microneedling.
Studies show that, unlike in the treatment of tendons and ligaments, stimulation of hair regrowth requires plasma with a much higher concentration of platelets for successful results. Here at Skin and Sculpt, your blood platelets are concentrated to the highest concentration. PRP therapy can be repeated every 1-2 months and usually 3-4 sittings are sufficient, though some patients may require maintenance therapy once a year or more frequently depending upon the severity of hair loss.
PRP specific cells that cause hair growth include: Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)— promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation;
Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism;
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation;
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation;
Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation; and,
Insulin Like Growth Factor - (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Advantages of PRP Therapy" icon="list"] -- Simple, non surgical procedure.
-- Multiple Injections: procedure lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
-- Safe and reliable results.
-- Very quick recovery period.
-- Beautiful and above all extremely natural looking end results.
[bt_spoiler title=" DOES PRP WORK?" icon="list"] Individual results vary with each patient. No guarantees of success can be made but PRP preliminary studies indicate patients can respond to PRP therapy. Some hair restoration surgeons apply PRP to the scalp for those patients who are not surgical candidates every three (3) to four (4) months. Other protocols will use PRP before or during surgery to insure graft survivability.
PRP is a potential emerging non-surgical based therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for thinning hair. Larger clinical studies are pending but the current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. Although a few controlled studies exist, anecdotal and case reports are the primary sources reflecting success with PRP therapy. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE PRP TREATMENT?" icon="list"] Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" IS PRP FOR ME?" icon="list"] PRP has been used successfully in other medical and surgical disciplines for many years. The decision to use PRP is a personal decision and should be made after careful research, consideration and consultation with a physician. PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the good cells from your scalp and injects them directly back into the area where it is needed. There is absolutely no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. PRP involves using your own cells that are not modified or changed, and it will not be rejected by your immune system.
PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. No claim of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth can be made because there is no FDA approval that would allow such claims to be made. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" CAN I USE OTHER MEDICAL THERAPIES CONCURRENTLY?" icon="list"] Absolutely. In fact, we encourage it and prescribe PRP therapy as a compliment to a nonsurgical approach for those patients who are not eligible for surgery or who want to delay hair restoration surgery. As a non-surgical treatment option, we recommend PRP therapy along with Minoxidil and DHT blockers or for those patients who can not tolerate or have side effects with these medications. [/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title=" Coclusion" icon="list"] In summary, PRP therapy offers the opportunity for hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery or those patients wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment. For our surgical patients PRP therapy is performed at the same day as the hair restoration surgery. Results will vary from patient to patients, and PRP as a non-surgical option has not been offers patients with miniaturization and hair thinning improvement in hair caliber and thickness. [/bt_spoiler][/bt_accordion]
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is new and exciting, non-surgical concept of regenerative medicine to stimulate natural hair growth.