PRP Hair Growth
Millions of men and women suffer from hair thinning and hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss, androgenic alopecia (AGA), is due to changes in hormone levels that are believed to affect the blood supply to the hair follicles. PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a component of blood that is obtained from the person undergoing treatment.
PRP is injected into the scalp areas of thinning and sparse hair. PRP contains growth factors and components that signal activation and attraction of stem cells to the site of injection. These then in turn work at the growth portion of the hair follicle called the bulge area to stimulate new hair growth.
Hair thinning is frequently a symptom of a metabolic imbalance, so blood work is obtained to rule out other causes of hair loss. Hormone, vitamin, and mineral supplementation are prescribed to boost the hair growth response. Sleep and stress levels are assessed as stress has been implicated in hair loss and thinning. Meditation is an extremely effective stress reduction tool. Free meditation classes for our clients are offered twice a month. Private and group mindfulness stress-based reduction counseling is available.
What are the benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Growth?
PRP has been shown to increase the diameter and health of existing hair, prevent new hair from falling out, and stimulate new hair growth. PRP works to naturally stimulate dormant hair follicles to start growing hair. This treatment helps:
- Thinning Eyebrow
- Thinning Scalp Hair
- Decrease Excess Body Fat
What to know before you go
PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a component of blood that is obtained from the person undergoing treatment.
The main growth factors (GFs) involved in androgenetic alopecia are platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) with their isoforms.[9-12] GFs appear to act in the bulge area of the follicle, where they bind to their respective receptors located in stem cells. In the bulge area, primitive stem cells of ectodermal origin are found, giving origin to epidermal cells and sebaceous glands. In matrix, germinative cells of mesenchymal origin are found at the dermal papilla (DP). Interactions between these two kinds of cells with binding growth factors (PDGF, TGF-b, and VΕGF) activate the proliferative phase of the hair, giving rise to the future follicular unit.
Blood is drawn from the individual undergoing treatment at the time of the visit. The sample is then placed into a special container and spun in a centrifuge that separates the blood into three layers, platelet-poor plasma, PRP, and red blood cells. The red blood cells are discarded. Platelet Rich Plasma is then injected into the sparse hair regions of the scalp. Prior to the injection, the scalp is numbed by a series of small injections that render this procedure essentially painless. The remaining platelet-poor plasma is then applied to the scalp to provide essential oils and nutrients that are found in this blood component.
PRP is derived from a person’s blood. As a result, there are no allergic or other reactions seen with this procedure.
Our technique uses a special numbing and injection technique that causes very little discomfort and no downtime.
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