Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, has been used successfully in various medical and surgical disciplines for many years. And now, it has been used successfully in hair restoration either as a stand alone procedure or in conjunction with surgery.
Human blood contains stem cells and growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. published medical literature from europe and the us confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. in the field of hair restoration, PRP therapy is a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. PRP contains special cells called platelets that can cause the growth of hair follicles by theoretically stimulating the stem cells located in the structure of the follicle. these platelets promote healing, accelerate the rate and degree of tissue regeneration, response of the body to injury and formation of new cellular growth.
PRP can be used at the time of hair restoration surgery, prior to surgery or post-operatively. some patients choose to have PRP every four months as early data does suggest that regular treatments can stimulate hair growth.
Blood is drawn in the office as if you are having routine blood testing at the lab. the blood is spun in a centrifuge and PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood. under a topical aneathesia, a special micro-needling roller device is used to stimulate the dermis of the scalp. the highly concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp and placed topically. during a surgical procedure, your grafts are stored in some of the PRP solution as well and this provides faster graft growth and a faster recovery.
We recommend the use of laser light therapy in conjunction with PRP to further augment your results. The Giannotto Clinic has several programs that you can choose from, combining the two modalities so as to maximize the potential for hair growth.
Remember, PRP does not and never will replace surgery. patients with frank bald areas will not respond to PRP. on the other hand, several studies support the use of PRP in alopecia areata with good results.
It is best if you make an appointment to consider the correct options for you and your particular situation.