Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP?
PRP therapy is a new form of regenerative medicine that has been shown to help patients with hair loss. The process utilizes the patient’s own blood platelet rich plasma combined with A-cells or the patient’s own stem cells to promote hair growth.
PRP Patient Experience - Clinic Director Darren Andrews
What is ACell?
ACell’s MatriStem technology (an FDA approved medical device) works at the cellular level to repair and remodel damaged tissues. ACell has a broad range of uses in surgical procedures, and is a naturally occurring matrix of proteins’ found in tissue layers. When ACell is placed into a surgical site or wound, it is resorbed, stimulating adult stem cells in the damaged tissues. This process will regenerate dormant follicular tissues, thereby producing improved quality in hair growth.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to Treat Thinning Hair
How it is done:
In hair restoration, ACell is combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) and injected into the scalp. The application of ACell and PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. ACell activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and PRP is loaded with growth factors that promote rapid angiogenesis and localized cell growth. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, ACell + PRP has also regrown hair in alopecia areata, eyebrowhypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
The nutrient rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient’s blood and then concentrated before being reintroduced into the scalp for hair loss. These vital platelets contain growth factors that activate and rejuvenate cells in the body.
The concentrated platelets in PRP contain tremendous amounts of bioactive proteins, which include the growth factors PDGF (platelet derived growth factor) and VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor). These growth factors initiate and accelerate tissue repair, and, according to experts have also been shown to have positive effects for hair loss. This safe therapy has been around for decades and used successfully in the science of healing wounds and injuries.
The growth factors, when released, promote tissue repair, angiogenesis (capillary formation), collagen production, and encourage normalization of the hair follicular unit. Most importantly, evidence suggests PRP can reverse the miniaturization process of hair follicles (a result of dihydrotestosterone, DHT), when injected into the balding areas of the scalp. PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth and can be used pre-operatively, intra-operatively, or post-operatively.
The PRP treatment approach involves drawing the patient’s own blood and spinning it to isolate the plasma that is enriched with growth factors. This plasma is then injected into the areas of hair loss and results start to be noticeable in about 90 days. Results can take up to a year. PRP can be used alone or safely combined with all other hair therapies such as transplantation, low-level laser therapy and topical and oral treatments.