PRP Infusion Therapy for Hair Loss
Part of your hair loss treatment regimen may include an innovative new technique known as PRP Infusion Therapy. This is a non-surgical treatment for men and women experiencing hair loss. PRP Infusion Therapy is offered as a treatment in itself, but is also used by Dr. Barr during hair restoration procedures to help you obtain even more density and hair growth.
What is PRP Infusion Therapy?
PRP Infusion Therapy is an FDA approved protein matrix that is injected into the scalp to stimulate your body’s growth factors and healing proteins. It contains proteins that help to activate stem cells in compromised tissues. These stem cells work with other cells in the area to regenerate and repair tissue. PRP Infusion Therapy delivers a continuous supply of growth factors to stimulate weak and frail hair follicles to grow.
What is PRP?
PRP refers to Platelet Rich Plasma. Our blood contains several proteins and growth factors that can stimulate your body’s ability to heal wounds, bones and repair soft tissue. During Platelet Rich Plasma therapy your blood will be collected in a specialized collection tube that allows Dr. Barr to concentrate and separate your platelets and serum from the other cells in your blood that are not needed. The PRP is placed in areas of the body where the growth factors from the platelets stimulate migration of multiple different cells to promote healing or repair of the tissues in the area. While many hair restoration centres have not incorporated PRP into their hair loss treatment options, Dr. Barr has used PRP in many areas of his practice for years and has extensive experience with PRP. PRP therapy is gaining traction in many areas of aesthetic medicine but has been utilized in sports medicine, oral surgery, cardiac surgery and orthopaedics for over 20 years. There are many clinical papers supporting its significant healing effects.
How Does PRP Infusion Therapy Help Restore Hair?
In PRP Infusion Therapy, your blood is drawn in a specialized collection tube that permits the concentration of the platelets and serum and separation of these components from the remainder of the cells in your blood. The PRP is mixed with proprietary medications and placed into the areas where you are experiencing hair loss. This PRP infusion contains a much higher concentration of growth factors than are regularly found in blood. A recent study published in Dermatologic Surgery found that these growth factors promote blood vessel formation and growth, cell replication, skin formation, the formation of collagen, and growth of specialized cells. The PRP therefore helps to reduce or reverse hair loss by responding to injury and using these growth factors to accelerate scalp healing, and to stimulate inactive or recently implanted hair follicles into a longer anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. It has also shown to stimulate the survival of newly implanted hair follicles and to activate hair growth. It is our experience that it may reset the “environment” around the hair follicles and decrease the susceptibility of the hair follicles to the negative impact of the DHT.
How is PRP Infusion Therapy Performed?
Patients having PRP Infusion Therapy will have their blood drawn in a way that is similar to giving a routine blood sample. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge during which the platelets and serum (the liquid) are separated from the remainder of the blood by a specialized membrane in the collection tube. The platelet rich plasma is then combined with the other medicines. The scalp is numbed with local anaesthetic and the PRP Infusion is placed into the scalp. The injections can be performed as a treatment in itself, or as a part of your hair restoration procedure to expedite healing and stimulate growth of the newly transplanted hair follicles.
When performed as an isolated procedure to reduce, stop or even reverse hair loss, the scalp undergoes further treatment at the time of the PRP infusion.
When performed as part of your hair restoration procedure, the PRP infusion is placed into the scalp prior to making the recipient sites for the placement for the follicular units. In addition, the hair follicles are dipped in the PRP solution prior to being transplanted to their new location. The addition of the PRP infusion improves the surgical outcome of patients in a number of ways. It expedites the healing process of the donor area, it helps to maintain the vitality of native hairs, it provides strength and resilience to new hairs being produced, and increases the survival and number of transplanted hairs in that most patients see more hairs grow than were transplanted.
Are There Any Contraindications to PRP Infusion Therapy Treatment?
Patients will need to be assessed by Dr. Barr to determine if they are candidates for PRP Infusion Therapy treatment. The ideal candidate for this treatment is a healthy patient with reasonable expectations of outcomes. They should have no serious or chronic health conditions that could affect their ability to heal. Patients will need to avoid certain supplements and medications prior to treatment. These will be outlined for patients during consultation.
Is PRP Infusion Therapy Safe?
The best thing about PRP is that it is a natural and organic treatment for hair loss. Your own blood components are being infused into your scalp, meaning it is hypoallergenic and easily tolerated by your body. One of the other medications that are utilized is derived from porcine tissues, so a patient must be free of allergies to these tissues. Most patients experience minimal discomfort as a local anaesthetic is used to numb the scalp prior to injections. Some patients may experience mild swelling and minor itching for a few days following the procedure. Overall, patients have a high tolerability of the procedure and enjoy its benefits and safety profile. When it is done as a standalone therapy, combined with medical management for hair loss, many patients need to do only one or two sessions separated by 6 to 8 months.
Can PRP Infusion Therapy Be Used With Other Hair Restoration Therapies?
PRP Infusion Therapy can be used in conjunction with a variety of other hair restoration methods. In fact, Dr. Barr often uses PRP Infusion Therapy during his hair transplantation procedures. PRP can also be used in conjunction with topical or oral medications such as Minoxidil and Propecia® to increase hair growth or stop further hair loss.
PRP Infusion Therapy offers our patients a therapeutic treatment in and of itself for those beginning to suffer from hair loss. It is also an excellent tool to boost the efficacy and results obtained from hair transplantation procedures. Moreover, it can be used as a complementary therapy, along with topical or oral medications, for patients who are not suitable candidates for hair transplantation. Whatever your individual concerns, our team at the Hair Restoration Clinic can help you find a suitable solution to improving your hair loss.
We offer a satisfaction guarantee with our PRP Infusion Therapy. Contact the Hair Restoration Clinic today for details.
Zheng Jun Li et al. “Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Potential Therapeutic Tool for Promoting Hair Growth” Dermatologic Surgery 2012 No.38: 1040–1046.