What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Hair loss is one of the most devastating cosmetic issues that can happen to both men and women, yet it is relatively common. See here: slide on how stress can be a cause of your hair de-growth. (Link to slide A)
Hair loss can lead to a drastic deterioration in confidence. There are topical creams as well as medications that can help. Call today to discuss your case with Dr. Kapadia. For those that are looking to reverse the effects of hair loss, PRP therapy is a useful option. Dr. Kapadia feels this non-invasive procedure is a therapy option that can work on both men and women.
PRP therapy was developed due to new medical research and the advancement of technology within the medical community. Scientific studies have recently been published discussing PRP hair restoration technique as an all-natural and non-invasive procedure that has been found to stimulate the growth of hair and to reduce the effects of thinning. One particular study published in the Dermatologic Surgery, Italian physicians successfully used PRP in a clinical trial.
THE SCIENCE OF PRP: HOW DOES PRP WORK?
PRP Therapy works on the basis on utilizing growth factors within the platelets. Seven growth factors exist in normal platelets. The growth factors enter the hair bulb circulation and stimulate the stem cells. This leads to changes in the follicle.
One should note that although the process itself, including the device for separating plasma, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Injecting into the scalp to treat hair loss has not yet been reviewed. However, Dr. Kapadia noted, PRP has already been used effectively and safely in many other medical fields. These fields include, but are not limited to, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Cosmetic Surgery, Oral Surgery and Neurosurgery.
PRP does not work for all types of hair loss. It is important that patients are correctly evaluated by a doctor prior to commencing therapy to determine if they are candidates.
Dr. Kapadia performs a proprietary injection technique she calls “Microneedling Bolus Injection Technique”
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
PRP Therapy works on the basis of restoring growth factors within the blood. Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products. These elements are essential to regenerate scalp tissue. Once the scalp tissue is regenerated, the hair follicles are able to produce the necessary hair growth.
In terms of the safety of this product, PRP has been the topic of medical literature form both the United States and Europe. Not only is the product heralded as a revolutionary way to stimulate and restore hair growth, but it is also one safest cosmetic hair growth options on the market today. While there is a prevalent opinion of PRP and its benefits within medical literature, you should also keep in mind that publications within literature do not mean that the product has gained FDA approval.
Currently, PRP is in its early stages of scientific research and subsequent FDA approval. It is not meant to replace the current FDA approved options such as DHT blockers (example: Propecia) and Minoxidil. Regardless, it is still a very promising and realistic option for those that are grappling with hair loss.
HOW IS THE PRP PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
The next important thing to consider about PRP is how the procedure is performed. The procedure is extremely convenient and non-medically invasive. To begin with, upon visiting the office, a medical professional will draw blood. Afterwards, the medical staff will spin the blood through a centrifuge and the PRP is separated from the rest of the blood.
In order to spin and remove the PRP molecules from the blood, a highly advanced gel technology. Once the centrifugation process is complete, the vital growth proteins from your blood are separated.
The second step requires very tiny micro-needle tips. Most candidates can tolerate the procedure with minimal discomfort but you may request application of topical anesthesia. Next, Dr. Kapadia will inject your scalp with the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP stimulates the follicles so that your hair can regrow.
For the most advanced results, some patients choose to have PRP therapy monthly for four months. This ensures that the hair follicles remain stimulated and that the hair growth is progressing as it should be. Dr. Kapadia calls this her Reinforced PRP Technique.
THE SCIENCE OF PRP
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, are composed of platelets that are critical to stimulating hair follicles to generate hair growth. They mainly target the Dermal Papilla, which is a component of the hair follicle. The platelets, when used to regenerate hair growth within follicles, promote healing and the formation of new cell growth. In addition, the platelets also accelerate the rate and degree of regeneration so that you can expect to see results in a timely manner. PRP is an ideal treatment choice for hair restoration because it is non-invasive, highly effective in stimulating inactive hair follicles, and causing the follicles to revert to the growth phase.
Below are a list of the specific cells within PRP that cause hair growth:
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes blood vessel formation
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF) — a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
HOW EFFECTIVE IS PRP at Balance Medical Care?
Out of all of the products that you can find on the market today regarding hair growth, PRP is probably the most effective. Of course, it is also important to understand that results are going to vary and there is never any guarantee of success.
Overall though, Micro-needling PRP is an effective non-surgical procedure that works well to stimulate the follicle in order to induce hair growth. It reverses hair thinning and it causes the growth of new hair.
CANDIDATES FOR PRP TREATMENT
The best candidates for PRP treatment are those that do not have a history of Telogen Effluvium or scarring Alopecia.
IS PRP THERAPY FOR YOU?
PRP Therapy is a great option for many men and women that are looking to restore their confidence and to regain a lush head of hair. Before getting PRP Therapy done, it is important to conduct careful research and to also consult with an experienced physician regarding your choice. Overall, this procedure is a safe and natural option for many individuals.
In addition, you also want to keep in mind that PRP is still being analyzed as a means to restore hair growth and to reverse thinning in men and women. Therefore, there can be no claim that PRP therapy 100% promotes hair growth. In addition, FDA has not approved the treatment.
If you prefer not to have surgery or are not a candidate for surgery, then PRP hair therapy at Balance Medial Care with Dr. Kapadia is a great option.