Platelet Rich Plasma For Hair Restoration
Patients looking for a solution to hair loss turn to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. PRP therapy is effective for hair restoration as plasma and platelets promote hair growth by extending the hair cycle growth phase. Additionally, patients may combine PRP therapy with our NeoGraft procedure to further their healing, blood vessel repair and collagen production.
Contact the hair restoration surgeons at John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment or to see if you qualify.
What Is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as "PRP" is an injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. The Platelet Rich Plasma and Buffy Coat are first separated and combined, then activated with a small amount of calcium chloride which acts as an activation agent and scaffold to keep the PRP where the injector intends to treat. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the treatment area they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged area.
As a result new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink, causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. When treating injured or sun- and time-damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state. The full procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Generally 2-3 treatments are advised, however, more may be necessary for some individuals. Touch up treatments may be done once a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results.
Benefits Of PRP For Skin Rejuvenation
Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore virtually eliminating allergies, there is the added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin including: improving skin texture, thickness, fine lines and wrinkles, increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and Elastin, and by diminishing and improving the appearance of scars. The most dramatic results t o date have been the crepey skin problems in areas such as under the eyes, neck, and décolletage. It is not designed to replace cosmetic surgery as there are some cases where those procedures would be more appropriate. Other benefits include: minimal down time, safe with minimal risk, short recovery time, natural looking results; no general anesthesia is required.