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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration San Jose
The Newest Development in Hair Transplant & Effective Development in the Treatment of Hair Loss
As leaders in the field of hair transplant, we are proud to be among the very first doctors in the specialty to provide patients the latest development, platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
This form of cell therapy may, once the technique is developed, to become the standard of care, assuming it proves to be as effective as heralded. Over the last several years, cell therapy has been used as a treatment in fields such as cardiology, plastic surgery, and orthopedics, and now hair transplantation is taking its rightful place.
Developed by a research scientist colleague, PRP is obtained from a small amount of the patient’s blood by spinning it in a centrifuge at such high speeds that it isolates the platelets (the body’s mediator of healing) and growth factor proteins. The PRP and growth factors can then be utilized in several ways to maybe one day potentially enhance the results of the hair transplant:
- Added to the scalp where hairs are transplanted, decreasing bleeding and bruising, accelerating healing, and reducing shock hair loss, meaning patients look better sooner after the procedure
- Speeding up and increasing the percentage of transplanted hair growth
- Better healing of the donor site incision – here is where PRP does seem to be effective
- Stimulating the stem cells (dermal papilla) of the newly transplanted hair follicles.
- Stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia
- Preventing hair loss
An Exciting Innovative Therapy
PRP is being used in many plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts to reduce bruising, accelerate healing, and improve results of scar healing. Studies have shown that use of PRP in facelifts, for example, decreases the incidence of complications such as blood collections.
As part of our commitment to state of the art care, PRP is now provided with the hair transplant procedure for any patient who desires or is appropriate for it. Furthermore, as the addition to the scalp of PRP can thicken thinning hairs and help reawaken dormant hairs, PRP is also offered as a stand-alone procedure as a treatment for male and female pattern hair loss, where it is occasionally effective in slowing down shedding or active hair loss. Your doctor and/or patient consultant can answer any questions you have about this therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary treatment used to regenerate hair growth. PRP is blood that has been concentrated with platelets. These concentrated platelets contain proteins and growth factors which help increase circulation to the hair follicles, stimulate the follicles to grow, and even thicken the hair shaft. It is believed that the introduction of platelets and white blood cells through platelet rich plasma can actually stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.
Mechanism of Action in Hair Transplants
Hair follicles survive through the absorption of oxygen from surrounding tissue. It is conjectured that the introduction of platelets and white blood cells through platelet rich plasma (PRP) would amplify the body’s naturally occurring wound healing mechanism. Others propose that PRP can actually stimulate the stem cells (dermal papilla) of the newly transplanted hair follicles. Some practitioners also claim that PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.
While there is much conjecture as to the benefits of using PRP during hair transplantation and its use in the medical treatment hair loss, there is little scientific evidence to support these theories at the present time. This is a field of hair restoration that awaits further scientific data.
PRP is used in many areas of medicine, including the acceleration of healing of tendon injuries, the treatment of osteoarthritis, in some aspects of dental work (i.e. jaw reconstruction), and in cardiovascular medicine. The concentrated form of plasma has been shown to accelerate wound healing and tissue repair and, thus, could potentially benefit hair restoration procedures.
To obtain PRP, a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the solid from liquid components. The separated “solid” portion of the blood is PRP (platelet rich plasma). The PRP is then placed into a syringe and reintroduced into the surgical site.
In hair transplantation, PRP can be injected into the recipient site area to theoretically stimulate the healing of the transplanted grafts and into the donor area to facilitate healing of the donor incision.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma is concentrated blood plasma which contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition, blood plasma contains the growth factors PDGF and VEGF and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing.
Human blood is comprised primarily of red blood cells (RBC), as well as white blood cells (WBC), platelets, and plasma. By initiating the first step of coagulation, platelets are the key to the body’s ability to heal wounds.
It is thought that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body’s healing to that area would be accelerated – explaining the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) in wound healing.
- Is everyone a right candidate for this procedure?
PRP Hair Treatment is a safe choice for many patients with hair loss. However, patients with active infection on the scalp, history of shingles on the scalp, diabetes, coagulation disease, or on blood thinning and/or immunosuppressive medications are not right candidates. If the hair follicles are entirely lost, the treatment will not work. Patients who have lost their hair follicles require hair transplant.
- What is the cost involved?
$850 covers a consultation and the PRP treatment and Jenesis Shampoo and Serum . Discounts are offered for multiple treatments paid in advance.
- How many treatments do I need?
Initially, three treatments spaced out by 1 -2 months are recommended for rapid regrowth. For some patients, maintenance treatment may become necessary every year or so.
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