Platelet Rich Plasma
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Platelet rich plasma therapy for hair loss works in conjunction with other modalities.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and A-Cell™ therapy is a non-surgical therapeutic hair restoration option that leverages recent scientific research on tissue healing to promote hair growth. PRP has been in use in the medical field for over two decades; however, no definitive studies yet exist that confirms its efficacy for hair restoration and it is not FDA-approved at this point. It is generally considered a complementary procedure to other types of surgical or non-surgical hair restoration procedures. Numerous academic labs around the world are trying to isolate the factors in PRP that scientists believe are the active molecules in hair growth and wound healing and determine their mechanism of action.
ACell is a product made from the non-cellular portion of porcine bladder, or extracellular matrix, that is believed to stimulate the stem cells of the follicles. This is added to the PRP to enhance its positive effect on follicles. There are no controlled studies to confirm this but there are anecdotal reports and our experience to suggest that its use is beneficial.
How does platelet rich plasma therapy work?
Your blood contains small cells called platelets that help stop bleeding. Platelets also contain specific growth factors that when activated promote tissue regeneration and healing. These same growth factors may help hair grow or slow hair loss.
How is PRP performed?
Blood is drawn in the office and then spun in a sterile centrifuge creating the PRP, which has 5-6 times the normal number of platelets. Local anesthesia is administered to the scalp so the patient feels no pain. The platelet rich plasma along with the ACell is then injected into the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed. No sedation or medication is required, so the patient may drive home or resume normal activities immediately. Early data suggests a regime of every nine to eighteen months is needed to achieve optimal stimulating results and hair restoration.
What results can I expect from platelet rich plasma therapy for hair loss?
Extensive clinical studies are pending at this time. The current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results, and the procedure is offered at West+Bond because we have firsthand experience with its efficacy. However, PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness.
Is PRP right for me?
Platelet rich plasma therapy for hair loss may be an option that is suggested by the physicians at West+Bond during your personal consultation.
Please note that your will not be considered a candidate for PRP if any of the following apply:
- You have any type of platelet dysfunction syndromes
- You currently have a debilitating medical condition such as chronic liver disease, cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders
- You have recently undergone chemotherapy
- You have recently undergone anticoagulation therapy
- You have a skin disease