What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is the term commonly used interchangeably with platelet-rich plasma. It is a blood product that has long been highly-valued for its regenerative qualities. Platelet-rich plasma aids in a number of critical functions in the body. It does so through multiple growth factors, including connective and fibroblast tissue growth factors, insulin-like growth factor, epithelial growth factors, and vascular epithelial growth factors. These nutrients support processes including blood vessel regeneration, cell proliferation, inflammatory responses, and tissue remodeling.
What Are the Benefits of PRP Treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma is right at home in the aesthetic arena due to its natural regenerative capabilities. One of the advantages that appears across the board is that PRP is autologous; it is found in your own blood. Because of this, there is no risk of an adverse or allergic reaction to the substance. Treatments typically take less than one hour. Upon completion, patients can resume normal activities right away.
Benefits of PRP For Hair Loss
- Nonsurgical treatment
- No hair is harvested from another part of the scalp
- Zero downtime for recovery
- No obvious sign of transplant or “plugs”
- Our hair loss treatment combines PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) with PRP for optimal results
- PRP treatment is very complementary to other treatments, including hair transplant and home treatments like Rogaine
What Can Platelet-Rich Plasma Treat?
Due to the high concentration of growth factors in PRP, this substance has been used clinically for many years with great success.
- A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reported that PRP was more successful than saline injections in treating knee osteoarthritis.
- A 2014 study published in the same journal reported that chronic patellar tendinopathy improved with as few as 3 PRP injections.
- A 2015 study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine reported that PRP treatment led to an increase in hair growth and density in men experiencing hair loss.
- For the past few years, platelet-rich plasma has been successfully used in aesthetic medicine to postpone and correct the signs of aging.
How Does PRP for Facial Rejuvenation Work?
Platelet-rich plasma is stimulating to the cells that form the foundation of youthful skin. We introduce PRP beneath lines and wrinkles, into scars and stretch marks, and into areas of the face that have deflated with age. The growth factors that absorb into the dermis after PRP injections draw in stem cells and other healing cells like cytokines. These cells work together to regenerate tissues that have become loose, wrinkled, and rough. Depending on the degree of improvement that is desired, some patients combine PRP with dermal fillers or fat injections.
Benefits of Using PRP for Facial Rejuvenation
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Addresses the root causes of aging at a cellular level
- Zero downtime for recovery
- Results continue to improve for several months
- Safe and effective treatment can be combined with other injectables or procedures
- PRP treatment can be performed on all skin types and tones
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Hair Loss Treatment Work?
To treat hair loss, PRP plays the role of a stimulator. Hair follicles that have entered a prolonged dormant state come back to life when infused with the various growth factors in platelet-rich plasma. In addition, platelet-rich fibrin brings stem cells into the mix. By combining PRF with PRP, we enhance the stabilization of growth factors and stem cells within the scalp where they can be absorbed into hair follicles. As a result of treatment, patients can expect an increase in the thickness and quality of their hair.
What Causes Hair Loss in Women?
A woman’s hair naturally grows thinner as she ages. This usually does not occur until after menopause. Women who experience thinning or hair loss before that time may be genetically predisposed in some way. What research has found is that hair loss in women may stem from sensitivity to and an excess of male hormones. An additional reason for women’s hair loss that is quite common is iron deficiency.
What Causes Hair Loss in Men?
Men may experience excessive hair loss for a number of reasons. The most common is a shift in hormones. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in the male body, but not the only one; DHT or dihydrotestosterone is another. Normally, the body converts about 10 percent of testosterone to DHT. In some men, this conversion is much higher. The excess of DHT in the blood affects hair follicles in a negative manner, causing them to enter a prolonged dormant phase.
Additional contributing factors in hair loss include medications, stress, poor nutrition, thyroid problems, and certain medical conditions.
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How Long is a Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment?
Whether for hair restoration or for facial rejuvenation, PRP treatments typically take less than 30 minutes. You may need to arrive early for your appointment if a topical anesthetic is desired. Numbing medication needs to sit on the skin for up to 30 minutes for full effect. While the topical is taking effect, we may draw blood and begin its processing in the centrifuge machine. Once numbing is achieved and platelets are ready, the injections themselves take only about 15 minutes.
Is PRP Treatment Painful?
Here at Dr.Stanley Foster Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we believe in making treatments as comfortable as possible and understand that injections can be somewhat intimidating for many people. A topical anesthetic can be applied before PRP treatment begins into the face or scalp to decrease the slight pinch of injections.
PRP Recovery Process
PRP injections could result in slight redness. You may also feel a slight tingling or warming sensation for a short time after treatment. This is indicative of the inflammatory and healing response that is taking place. Anti-inflammatory medication should be avoided to allow the body to naturally heal the perceived injuries in the skin or scalp.