PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Hair Restoration
Research at Yale University has discovered how growth factors found in the platelets taken from a sample of your blood is being used to stimulate stem cells in the fat layer of your scalp to regrow hair in balding men (& women).
With aging, the hair follicles in men (and many women) miniaturise, getting smaller and smaller, until eventually the hair itself falls out. This process is especially seen in men and women who are genetically vulnerable to the effects of di-hydro testosterone which runs in families which are plagued by baldness. But, the happy news is, if you get PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy early enough you can regrow your hair.
Also people who suffer with diseases such as alopecia areata, where your immune system attacks your hair follicles, are also excited to discover that their hair loss can be treated successfully with platelet rich plasma, often with a 100% success rate, when you get treatment early enough.
Sadly, patients with hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy are less likely to be successful.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been around for about 12 years, but it is only in the last 1-2 years that cosmetic surgeons and scientists and other doctors seemed to have cracked the code into making PRP work.
The secret seems to be the way in which the plasma is prepared and exactly how PRP is administered into the skin.
Instead of suffering with their developing baldness, many patients have preferred to treat their condition with lotions and tablets, which can be very effective in some people, if they don’t hate the unpleasant side effects and inconvenience.
The rest have had no alternative and have been unable to avoid having hair transplant surgery, where a large piece of hair-bearing skin is removed from the back of the head which is then cut into tiny pieces and individual hair follicles are then neatly transplanted into the bald areas.
Sadly, the results can be very disappointing and because it often leads to scarring and pain from the tight scalp – especially if more transplants are needed later. Also, because hair transplantation surgery is a very large, tedious operation, requiring the involvement of a team of people, it can be prohibitively expensive.
These are some of the reasons why more and more people feel so excited that we can now offer a better alternative which involves no surgery, no drugs and there is no limit to the number of treatments a person can have. Initially it is recommended that patients have 3 PRP treatments over 3 months. Most begin to see the benefits at around 4-6 months.
And, best of all, PRP therapy takes less than an hour and you can go back to work the same day if you chooses, there is no wound and infection is practically unheard of because the plasma is full of antibodies.
But, unfortunately, the thought of having hundreds of injections into the scalp had been a bit of barrier to some people coming in to get this treatment, But now, thanks to a new, painless injector device, most patients barely even notice we are doing anything.
But, sadly, platelet rich plasma therapy is not suitable for some people. Anyone who has a platelet disorder, bone marrow disease, drinks alcohol excessively, smokes or has a low platelet count cannot have the procedure or expect great results.
Also there are some people who are regularly taking anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin so are not suitable for this treatment.
If you do not feel sure about getting this treatment then you should find a cosmetic surgeon in your state who is knowledgeable about platelet rich plasma therapy or download a copy of my book at www.prpforhairgrowth.com