PRP + Stem Cells
What is platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP)?
PRP uses your own blood to treat hair loss. Our blood contains platelets and specific growth factors that are designed to heal injuries. A small amount of blood is taken from your arm. The blood is spun to separate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood components. The result is platelet rich plasma, concentrated growth factors and proteins. The main purpose of PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles to enter the active growth phase. PRP can improve pattern hair loss. It is the non-surgical solution to hair loss and thinning hair, for men and women.
How does platelet rich plasma therapy work?
When applied to the scalp, PRP can facilitate and accelerate tissue regeneration and healing. Regenerating the scalp skin with PRP can recruit stem cells to create new blood vessels, and stimulate dormant hair follicles to grow hair. PRP therapy improves the environment for survival of hair follicles and the supporting structures, and helps to reverse follicle miniaturization – the hallmark of pattern hair loss.
Why does platelet rich plasma therapy work?
Research confirms that the beneficial effects of PRP are found in the 20 growth factors, and proteins concentrated in PRP. PRP is being called an elixir for hair growth because it contains all the essential components for revitalization and support of hair, muscles, and blood vessels.
Microneedling with PRP
Before application of PRP, the scalp may be prepared with microneedling which causes microtrama that provokes healing, and activates growth and repair. Microneedling works to enhance transdermal delivery of topical substances, including PRP. The micro-channels created in the skin allow for better penetration of PRP. PRP and microneedling can also be combined with medications like Minoxidil for even better effects.
Microneedling is safe and effective for use in many cosmetic procedures.
Micronized Fat Grafting and Stem Cells
Fat cells are a good source of stem cells. Fat-derived stem cells can help drive the complex hair growth cycle, and regenerate hair follicles. Fat tissues also contain regenerative cells called stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells that enrich the fat-derived stem cells.
The fat cells in the scalp are an essential part of the normal hair cycle. Hair follicles are surrounded by fat cells that constantly regenerate the follicles. Studies report that hair loss decreases fat cells in the scalp. Micronized fat transplantation into the scalp can replace lost stem cells and SVF cells to stimulate hair growth.
The micronized fat is obtained by micro-liposuction, and purified. The fat is gently processed so as to preserve the viability of stem cells and SVF cells.
The scalp is cleaned and numbed with local anesthetic. The scalp may be prepared with microneedling or not. Then the PRP solution is applied to the scalp and infuses the tissues with those growth factors, and proteins to stimulate the growth of hair cells, and new blood vessels, for rejuvenation of inactive hair follicles. The micronized fat cells can also be injected into the scalp to address genetic alopecia.
Is there a recovery period with PRP treatment?
The procedure requires no down time and has minimal side effects. You may experience some swelling in the treated areas, that should resolve within the first 48 hours. Complete results may take up to 6 months.
Who is a good candidate for PRP therapy?
You must be in good health, and have no abnormal lab test results. So long as you have hair growing, you would be a candidate. If you plan to have micronized fat transfer you must be a good candidate for liposuction.
What about repeat treatments?
During your consultation, your StrandMD hair loss surgeon will discuss with you the number of treatments that may be necessary to achieve your goals.
When you concerned about the loss of your crowning glory, contact Dr. Mark Anton or Dr. Peter Ebizadeh, at StrandMD in Newport Beach California. They are experts in the treatment of hair loss.