PRP Hair Restoration Platelet Rich Plasma
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 option 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 grown in leaps and bounds and in that process the viability of Platelet Rich Plasma as an 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 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.