Dr Green and our staff here at The Aesthetic Face always strive to give our patients the latest in scientifically validated treatments to address aging concerns. One of the most frequent questions we get asked by men AND WOMEN is what can be done for thinning hair. While hair transplant is an options many patients are looking for something less invasive and more natural. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
Throughout the last decade our understanding of the tissue healing process has brown in leaps and bounds and in that process the viability of Platelet Rich Plasma as option for hair restoration has developed. As a result of these scientific studies, we recognize PRP as an all-natural non surgical medical procedure for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation that can be performed in our medical spa in under 30 minutes! There is a large body of publications that establish the safety and use of PRP therapy. For over 20 years PRP has been used in the medical field for for skin and wound healing. PRP therapy has also found its way into multiple specialty fields including 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. To Date multiple scientific publications have been produced showing increase in follicular growth and density following an injection series of PRP!! In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, these cells theoretically stimulate follicular growth by interacting with the stem cells and growth factors in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special cells promote healing, up-regulate regeneration, and increase new cellular growth. The primary goal of PRP use in hair restoration is stimulation of inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase. When Platelets degranulate they release multiple healing factors several of which are listed below.
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
PRP therapy provides an amazing opportunity for hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for or who are not interested in surgery. For patients that do undergo hair restoration surgery, PRP therapy is frequently performed at the same time. If you are looking for a simple no down time method for hair restoration, PRP treatments may be jus the thing for you.
Frequently Asked PRP Hair Restoration Questions
IS PRP FOR ME?
The decision to use PRP is a personal one and by reviewing the information here and elsewhere we hope you schedule a consultation to speak with Dr Green regarding your PRP options. At the very least you should now know that PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the good cells from your own blood stream and places them directly back into the area where it is needed. Since PRP comes from your own blood there is no risk of transfusions reactions or infections from other patients. PRP involves using your own cells that are not modified or changed, and it will not be rejected by your immune system. If you have further questions please schedule a consultation or feel free to email Dr Green directly!
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Your own blood contains a plethora of special cells called mesenchymal stem cells as well as other essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. 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?
First blood is drawn as it would be in your regular doctors office or medical laboratory. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.
This process results in a high concentration of the desired PRP. Activating agents are then placed in the PRP to help it release the desired growth factors into the tissues. In many patients an anesthesia block is given to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain, while some patients prefer no numbing agents at all, very similar to botox treatments. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. At this point patients may drive home without any assistance.
DO I require multiple treatments of PRP?
PRP contains all of the growth factors we discussed here that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. Some patient’s chose to have PRP performed in an injection treatment series in 1 to 2 month intervals. This is supported by scientific literature as early data suggests regular PRP treatments stimulate hair growth.
CAN I USE OTHER MEDICAL THERAPIES CONCURRENTLY?
Yes Most definitely! We encourage it and prescribe PRP therapy as a compliment to a nonsurgical approach or for those patients who are not eligible or ready for surgery. PRP serves as a great non surgical option along with Minoxidil and DHT blockers or alone for those patients who can not tolerate or have side effects with these medications.
DOES PRP WORK?
Of course Individual results vary with each patient, but Dr Green does feel that our patients are happy with their improvement after a series of treatment. As discussed on this page, PRP has shown itself to be an emerging non-surgical based therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for thinning hair. Multiple clinical studies have now been published showing good results.