PRP Growth Factors

PRP centrifuge

PRP Hair Regrowth Treatment

 Is your hair thinning or falling faster than it should? 

PRP Reverses the hair cycle from Resting to Growing! This is a baldness Treatment not a Cure. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is being used increasingly as a non-surgical approach to hair loss around the world.  It has been used by physicians since the 1990’s for various medical needs.The main uses include but are not limited to: male pattern balding, female pattern loss, scarring alopecia, and occasionally alopecia areata. PRP is a concentration of your own autologous platelets which have reservoirs filled with powerful growth factors and healing agents. It is “harvested” from your own blood. This is done by collecting a small volume of your blood and spinning it down to separate the red blood cells from the platelet cells. This resulting PRP is then activated and introduced back under the skin by a series of tiny injections.PRP helps signal your body’s own stem cells and growth cells to jump start the healing, repair, and rejuvenating process.

Woman getting PRP scalp injections

PRP specific cells that causes hair growth include:

♦  Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF-found in prp)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation, and hair growth.

♦  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

♦  Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body.

Technician using a PRP machine

Who is a candidate for PRP?

♦  Individuals with hair thinning who do not wish to start minoxidil or hormone blocking medications

♦  Individuals with hair thinning who started minoxidil or hormone blocking medications but stopped on account of side effects.

♦  Individuals with hair thinning who had an improvement in their hair with minoxidil or hormone blocking medications and wish to try to achieve even further improvement.

♦  Individuals with scarring hair loss conditions or alopecia areata who did not respond to standard treatments

Before and after hair growth in a PRP patient

Who is not a candidate for PRP therapy?

♦  Patients with current infections
♦  Skin diseases such as lupus or porphyria
♦  Patients with current cancer
♦  Current chemotherapy treatments
♦  Severe metabolic or systemic disorders
♦  Liver disease
♦  Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders)
♦  Those using anticoagulation therapy
♦  Current use of corticosteroids
♦  Steroid injections in the scalp in the last month

Woman with thick long hair

What happens in a PRP session?

♦  Arrive at the office and meet with doctor and have any questions answered and explained. If you decide to do the PRP treatment we can either accommodate you that day or schedule an appointment at your convenience (sessions typically last 60-90 minutes)

♦  The provider will then take 30ml or 60ml of your blood (depending on area being treated)

♦  The blood is centrifuged and spun down in our Harvest machine which takes about 15 minutes.

♦  While the blood is being spun, your scalp will be numbed up (frozen) with local anesthetics

♦  You will be allowed to sit and relax for 20-30 minutes while the machine spins the blood

♦  After the blood is spun the plasma rich platelets are removed and injected back in your scalp

♦  The scalp is then cleaned so you can return to your normal activities. A small price to pain for hair growth!