PRP Stem Cell Therapy Promising Treatment for Hair Loss
Hair loss is an unfortunate fact of life for many men and women. This why we’ve dedicated our careers to stopping or reversing hair loss. We make it our duty to stay apprised of new and innovative methods for treating hair loss. Platelet rich plasma stem cell treatment, also referred to as PRP, is currently one of the most promising options for stopping or reversing hair loss in both men and women.
PRP is a type of highly concentrated blood plasma containing up to five times the number of platelets found in the blood that circulates throughout the rest of the body. Additionally, it is rich in a specific bioactive protein referred to as platelet derived growth factor. It also contains transforming growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor which are also bioactive proteins.
All three bioactive proteins are responsible for facilitating the healing of wounds in the human body. Because of this, it was suggested that these proteins may also play a vital role in hair growth. Studies conducted on platelet rich plasma suggest the possibility that it may stop or slow both male and female pattern baldness.
Treating Hair Loss With PRP
Obtaining platelet rich plasma for hair restoration is called an “autologous process,” which is the technical term for taking plasma from the patient’s own blood. It’s possible that everything you need to treat your hair loss is already inside your own body.
This plasma works on hair follicles the same way it works to heal a cut or similar wound. Many researchers also believe that PRP can help stimulate the stem cells of transplanted hair follicles. For this reason, platelet rich plasma may be for those who have undergone hair transplant procedures as well. Research is also underway to determine if PRP treatment may also thicken follicles. It may offer an option for those with fine strands who desire a fuller head of hair.
How the Platelet Rich Plasma process works
Once the blood is drawn from the patient, it is spun in a machine called a centrifuge unit for the purpose of separating platelets from other components of the blood.
The platelet rich plasma is then injected into the patient’s scalp to promote new hair growth. The treatments are done in an office setting and take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
PRP Injection being administered
In most cases when PRP is used to stimulate hair growth, to begin with we recommend that the injections be given every six weeks for a total of two or three treatments. We then wait six months to assess the results.
Positive results can be seen as early as two months, but it may take the full six months before such results become evident.
Hair Growth 6 Months after 1 PRP Treatment
To maintain the level of improvement the patient experiences, he or she should continue treatments on a regular basis. Beacuse the procedure is new, it is important we watch the client’s progress. This allows us to ensure that the appropriate treatment schedule.
On an initial consultation, we determine if the patient is a candidate for treatment based on type on hair loss and other factors. Rarely do other health issues interfere with PRP treatment. It is still important for patients to make the doctor aware of any chronic health conditions or medical problems.
Positive Preliminary Research
PRP is a new treatment. Few studies have been conducted to prove its efficacy for all types of hair loss conditions. Yet, when data from various clinical trial groups are combined, it becomes evident that PRP is a very promising treatment for baldness and thinning hair.
The National Institutes of Health and other leading organizations have concluded that PRP injections are a cost effective, all natural and simple treatment option for hair loss. They also determined the the satisfaction rate is high. Anyone suffering from thinning hair or hair loss should speak to a licensed healthcare practitioner. To learn if platelet rich plasma stem cell therapy is for them.
PRP for hair loss has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is considered an off label usage of this technology.