Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & Stem Cells
Have you been losing hair and are not sure what to do? You are not alone. Millions of men and women in the US suffer from some form of hair loss. Have you been wondering what it would be like to have a full head of hair once again? If so, you may want to consider growing back your hair instead of having hair replacement surgery. Full and healthy hair can be yours once again!
Why Am I Losing Hair?
There are many reasons behind hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, is a hereditary condition based on family history and accounts for most cases of hair loss. Your hair loss could be due to severe stress which can cause a condition called telogen effluvium. Many other triggers could be behind your hair loss including tight hairstyles such as cornrows or pigtails, hormonal changes you are undergoing, medications you are receiving, or certain medical conditions you may be experiencing.
Am I Losing Too Much Hair?
On average people lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day. Nothing is alarming about this hair loss which is a natural part of the hair growth cycle. It does not cause thinning because as you lose hair new ones grow in and replace them.
The way it all works starts with each hair follicle going through a growth stage lasting from two to eight years, followed by a two-month resting stage where your hair will not grow. The hair strand eventually falls out, and a new one begins to grow in its place, starting the hair growth cycle all over again. Hair loss is different from natural shedding. It happens when something disrupts your natural hair growth cycle, or if your hair follicles are damaged and replaced with scar tissue.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a non-surgical procedure that draws on the fountain of youth from within your own body. The human blood contains mesenchymal stem stell and blood products that contain growth factors working together to generate and heal tissue. Your platelet-rich plasma contains around five times the amount of platelets found in your blood, packing the punch of the platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, insulin-like growth factor 1, vascular endothelial growth factor, and keratinocyte growth factor, which all have a positive impact on your hair growth.
PRP has been shown to have great potential in delivering skin rejuvenation, rapid healing, reduced infection, and a decreased chance of scarring. It has been used for years to treat sports injuries by stimulating stem cells and has caught the attention of professionals in the fields of plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, and more.
How Does PRP help with Hair Loss?
In the case of hair loss, PRP has been shown to prompt inactive hair to enter an active growth phase, causing it to start growing again while promoting cell division and growth. The use of PRP is likely to change the treatment of hair loss around the world.
Numerous women and men have benefitted from the growth effects of PRP and have enjoyed natural-looking results. It is used to treat patients with hair loss as a stand-alone treatment or during hair restoration surgery. During hair restoration surgery, PRP appears to aid the healing of the donor site, as well as, shown to increase graft survival in the recipient area of the scalp.
As a stand-alone treatment, PRP has been shown to slow the progress of balding and thinning, and even reverse hair loss. Women and men in their early stages of hair loss stand to benefit the most from this treatment. There is a significant chance that PRP will slow down your hair loss dramatically, while producing hairs with larger hair shaft diameters, returning the fullness to your hair.
What Are The Benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive, cost-effective treatment option for hair loss and comes with an excellent safety record. PRP is entirely autologous, meaning that all its components are derived from your body. You will avoid the risks of drug interactions because there are no drugs or chemicals introduced into your body.
It is rare to experience any infections with this procedure because PRP contains a large number of white blood cells which work to fight off any infections. Best of all, many patients report beautiful and incredibly natural looking results.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Amarillo Hair Restoration Center is the first hair restoration facility in the Texas Panhandle to offer stem cells, derived from the Wharton’s jelly of the umbilical cord. The Wharton jelly is a gelatinous substance in the umbilical cord that provides cushioning and support to the umbilical vein and arteries. The cushioning and protective elements from Wharton’s jelly consist of a network of structural proteins, pericytes, mesenchymal stem cells, cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and Hyaluronic acid which is the most abundant component found in the umbilical cord matrix.
The umbilical cord has three folds more viable stem cells and cytokines in comparison to bone marrow and adipose tissue stem cells. In addition, the umbilical cord cells are broadly multipotent, capable of differentiating into adipogenic, osteogenic, myogenic, and endothelial cell lineage. Umbilical cord stem cells are used in combination with PRP as a more potent and effective combination than the stand-alone PRP treatment.
All Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) biologics offered by Amarillo Hair Restoration Center are obtained from donated, full-term, and live birth pregnancies. Donors go through a comprehensive screening process and are tested in accordance with standards established by FDA requirements to minimize the risks of disease transmission to recipients.
Amniotic Tissues (BioD)
BioD is a human-derived Extracellular Matrix (ECM) allograft produced from medically screened, sterile-harvested, healthy cryopreserved donor amniotic placental tissue.
BioD can be used in hair restoration treatments in combination with PRP to stimulate, rejuvenate and repair the hair follicles. This combination is more effective than stand-alone PRP treatment.
All Human Amniotic Tissues offered by Amarillo Hair Restoration Center are obtained from donated, full-term, and live birth pregnancies. Donors go through a comprehensive screening process and are tested in accordance with standards established by FDA requirements to minimize the risks of disease transmission to recipients.
What Should I Expect With PRP Hair Loss Treatment?
During the stand-alone PRP therapy, the first step of your treatment is drawing blood from your body, just as if you were having blood drawn for a blood test. Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge which works to separate the platelets containing the growth factors from the rest of your blood. The result is platelet-rich plasma which is ready to be injected into the thinning areas of your scalp or the transplanted hair site, naturally promoting healing and stimulating hair growth.
When amniotic tissues (BioD) or stem cell therapy are implemented, these cells will be added to the patient's own platelet-rich plasma and then injected into the thinning hair areas.
At Amarillo Hair Restoration Center we use the Harvest System to centrifuge your blood. This system enables us to prepare a PRP product with the highest concentration and yield of autologous platelets and growth factors as compared to other systems, maximizing treatment outcomes.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild tenderness and swelling at the injection sites, but these side effects will resolve within a few days. The entire treatment is completed in a relatively short period, leaving you ready to go on with your life in no time! Depending on the extent of your hair loss and your treatment plan, you may need repeated sessions to achieve the desired results.
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Contact us at Amarillo Hair Restoration Center to learn all about our hair restoration treatments and what is right for you. With our years of experience and our solid track-record, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. We strive to deliver comfort and patient satisfaction. Schedule your appointment today!