With the addition of Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand, double certified board Dermatologist – we’ve expanded our treatments to include the latest in proactive therapeutic hair restoration therapies for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a non-surgical procedure to stimulate of hair growth.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a potential emerging non-surgical based therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for thinning hair.
Plasma contains special cells called Platelets, that can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The platelet-rich plasma is taken from your own blood drawn in our office, and is prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected into the scalp. The idea is to use the plasma to encourage tissue regeneration and wound healing at the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed.
PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the good cells from your scalp and injects them directly back into the area where it is needed. There is absolutely no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. Platelet Rich Plasma involves using your own cells that are not modified or changed, and it will not be rejected by your immune system.
Benefits of the PRP Hair Restoration Therapy include:
- Safe and Natural
- Only takes 60-90 minutes
- Use your own plasma to promote hair growth
Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use would not be ideal candidates for Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Therapy. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic Infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders would also not be ideal candidates.
Human blood contains stem cells and specific growth factors that assist in cell regeneration and healing. Platelet-Rich Plama therapies have been used for over two decades in Europe and in research in the United states for dermatological and wound healing, as well as a treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. No claim can be made of its efficacy. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, it is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy offers the opportunity for hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery or those patients wanting a nonsurgical approach to treatment.