Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is quickly becoming a preferred method for hair restoration among men and women alike. Scientific research continues to shed new light on the benefits of platelet rich plasma in many facets of medicine. Understanding how PRP works and the ways it’s used in hair restoration can help you make better decisions about your own treatments.
How it Works
Your blood contains cells called mesenchymal stem cells and numerous growth factors designed to help your tissues regenerate after injuries. Studies have shown that these stem cells can benefit the body in many different ways, and when they are used in hair restoration, they can heal hair follicles and allow them to regrow healthy strands of hair. The first step in PRP therapy for hair restoration involves creating the platelet rich plasma in a laboratory.
Technicians will draw your blood – similar to getting a blood test in your doctor’s office – and then spin it in a machine called a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the rest of the solution, which is known as plasma. During this process, granulocytes, which have been shown to slow healing and tissue regeneration, are effectively removed. This leaves only concentrated plasma behind.
After the plasma has been separated from your blood, the next step involves the actual treatment. You’ll be given a local anesthetic to block the sensation of pain at the scalp; the doctor will then inject the PRP directly into the areas of your scalp where your hair is thinning. Afterwards, your hair will be washed, and you will be released. No pain medications or sedation is necessary for this process, so you will be able to drive yourself home or even back to work.
PRP is often a multi-stage process which involves regular treatments, and studies suggest that benefits peak with regular treatment once every three to four months. Sometimes, PRP is combined with hair transplants and is given before, during, or after such surgeries to further improve hair growth and appearance.
The Science Behind the Studies
The platelets in the plasma are thought to stimulate stem cells that facilitate healthy hair follicles. Simply put, damaged hair follicles cause thinning and baldness, and the goal of PRP is to help those follicles become healthy again. Some patients benefit from the simple stimulation of inactive hair follicles, but others may need to combine PRP with transplanted hair follicles to see the best possible results. Over time, the PRP releases numerous compounds in the vicinity of the hair follicles to help them repair themselves and function as they should.
Dr. Mardirossian and the team at Palm Beach Plastics are pleased to offer PRP hair restoration treatments in their Jupiter, Florida office. To learn more about whether you are a candidate for PRP and other hair restoration procedures, including hair transplant surgery, contact the office today and schedule your consultation. Thicker, healthier hair is possible thanks to new science, innovation, and technology.