PRP is natural way to stimulate new collagen production and improve skin tone and texture. In our office we successefuly perform PRP for aesthetic procedures -such as facial rejuvenation; hair loss, orthopedic procedures -such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis of shoulders, knees, hips, plantar fasciitis
Recent scientific research and technology provides the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, we recognize PRP is all -natural autologous medical procedure for skin, hair stimulation and wound healing.
PRP is useful in following areas:
- fine wrinkles under the eyes
- lines around the mouth
- skin tone and turgor
- neck/decolletage areas
- acne scars
- strech marks
PRP is one of the few promising procedures available naturally to decrease hair loss and improve hair quality and hair volume. Both men and women respond to this treatment
PRP can be used in the localized treatment areas such as eyebrows.
How Does PRP Work?
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. It has been used a medial adjunct therapy for over two decades for skin and wound healing. 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 twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. No claim can be made of its efficacy. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil. But it is a promising non-surgical therapeutic option for those patients with hair loss.
How Do You Perform the Procedure?
Blood is drawn in our office as though you are having routine blood testing at your physician’s office. The blood is spun in a FDA cleared centrifuge and the PRP is seperated and removed from the rest of the blood
PRP is taken from your body and is specifically prepaired by spinning down the blood cell to seperate high concentrate of platelet rich plasma. We use Harvest Medical PRP System and Eclipse System. These are closed sterile systems that allows to concentrate platelets up to 5X to the normal blood values. These system elimenate granulocytes which hurt tissue regenaration and wound healing. An anaeshtetic block is performed to numb the scalp so patient feels less pain. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma(PRP) is injected into scalp. We offer light sedation for even a better comfort
The Science of PRP
PRP contains highly concentrated platelets that release growth factors to 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 or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
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.
PRP specific cells that causes 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
Who Should Not Have PRP Treatment?
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.
Is PRP for Me?
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. Men and women with hair loss or thinning of hair may consider this natural treatment.
Men and women with hair loss or alopecia/thinning hair may consider this natural treatment.
Extensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. 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.
Can I Use Other Medical Therapies Concurrently?
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.
In summary, PRP therapy offers the opportunity for hair growh for those patients who have hair loss or just thinning of hair, or those who want to rejuvenate their hair and prevent hair loss