Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) for Hair Regrowth
The platelets contain growth factors that promote cell division and growth. The use of PRP is likely to change the treatment of hair loss around the world. Platelets Rich Plasma is being used in patients with hair loss as a stand alone treatment or during hair restoration surgery. During hair restoration surgery, PRP appears to aid healing of the donor site as well as increase graft survival in the recipient area. Early studies have shown that PRP increases hair diameters causing hair to appear thicker and fuller.
As stand-alone treatment, PRP have shown to slow the progress of balding and hair loss, and in some cases reverse the hair loss. This type of treatment is especially beneficial for men and women with an early stage of hair loss.There is a significant chance that PRP will slow down the rate of hair loss dramatically, and in some cases, the follicle produces hairs with larger hair shaft diameters, and thus it appears as though the hair has grown back.
At Amarillo Hair Restoration Center we use the Harvest System to centrifuge the blood. This system delivers a concentration of autologous platelets and growth factors that is roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood. Unlike other systems, the Harvest System delivers a broad range of growth factors in the proper concentration and ratios to help optimize patient outcome.
How is the PRP Treatment performed?
After one syringe of blood is removed from the patient, similar to drawing blood for labs, the blood is placed into a centrifuge called the Harvest system. After centrifuging, the platelet can multiply their growth factors up to ten times their natural rate. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the thinning hair site or the transplanted hair site to promote healing and stimulate the regeneration of the hair follicle.