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.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Benefits Of PRP
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 to 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.
Results Of PRP
Results are generally visible at 4 weeks and continue to improve gradually over ensuing months (3-6) with improvement in texture and tone. Advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed and only a minimal improvement is predictable in persons with drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage.
Severe scarring may not respond. Current data shows results may last 18-24 months. Of course all individuals are different so there will be variations from one person to the next.
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.
What To Expect During PRP Treatment
A small amount of blood is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Poor Plasma and Buffy Coat). The PRP is then injected into the treatment area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients will have a small amount of blood drawn during this procedure, and the blood will be cycled in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets. Your physician will then carefully inject the platelet-rich plasma into follicles in the treatment areas.
Any patient experiencing hair loss can benefit from PRP therapy as it is minimally invasive, safe, and highly effective. Patients who have recent hair loss may notice the best results as cells that have been “inactive” for more than five years are difficult to stimulate.
Patients report little discomfort as a result of this treatment. For any reported discomfort, patients can use ice packs or pain relief medication for relief. Some slight bruising may occur but usually will resolve itself within a week or so.