Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair-Loss
Hair loss can be devastating to both men and women, affecting self-esteem and self-confidence. Various genetic and environmental factors can cause hair-loss. Environmental factors may include chemotherapy, diet & nutrition, stress, hormonal shifts and autoimmune disorders and various illnesses due to imbalances.
Treatment options can be found from "magical" topical lotions and potions, prescription medication and surgical procedures. A revolutionary procedure gaining popularity in aesthetics, orthopedic surgery and cardiac surgery is utilizing a patient's own rejuvenating properties with platelet rich plasma (PRP) for facial rejuvenation, tissue repair and healing. PRP is now being used as an option to rejuvenate the scalp.
The patient's blood is drawn directly into a special blood collection tube similar to getting blood drawn for laboratory tests. The tube of blood is placed into a centrifuge to allow separation of the red blood cells from the plasma. Topical application of the PRP can be applied after microneedling. As an alternative, the PRP can be injected directly into the scalp. The plasma contains the platelets that are very rich in growth factors. These growth factors stimulate stem cells to activate the proliferation phase of hair and stimulate production of new follicular units. It enhances a natural process of wound healing, resulting in repair and regeneration of cells.
PRP can generate new hair growth; enhance hair transplant results for thicker, healthier hair growth. Unfortunately, for those patients with absence of hair follicles, PRP will not be likely to stimulate new hair growth. Healthy hair follicles need to be present.
PRP to the scalp for hair loss is well tolerated. A topical anesthetic is applied prior to the microneedling or injection of PRP. A mild "sunburn" feel can be expected following the procedure. Anti-inflammatories are not recommended since it may interfere with the natural healing process stimulated by the PRP. Multiple treatments may be needed before results are seen. Combination therapies with PRP are being performed in various clinics, and we will continue to learn more about effective treatments for hair restoration.