What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a component of blood that is concentrated with platelets, critical elements of cellular healing. Platelets contain growth factors and cytokines (cell signaling molecules) that are responsible for stimulating and coordinating the entire process of tissue re-generation and repair. PRP is used for: soft tissue repair, new collagen production, bone regeneration, hair growth, skin cell rejuvenation, and development of small new blood vessels (angiogenesis). The growth factors act in conjunction with the local cellular environment to repair/grow tissue by signaling Stem Cells and other natural cells & messengers. Our cutting edge PRP system isolates a larger number of blood platelets, harnesses the platelets with the most growth factors, and extracts more of the growth factors contained inside. Platelets are concentrated 6-8 times that of whole blood leading to exponential tissue repair, skin rejuvenation, or hair growth when injected into the desired area.
How does PRP grow hair?
Yes, PRP truly grows hair. For effective hair regeneration, PRP treatments must contain a high enough concentration of essential growth factors and must be delivered to the areas of the hair follicle where the stem cells are in the highest concentrations – at the middle and the base of the hair follicle. This requires tiny scalp injections of highly concentrated PRP into the appropriate scalp layers. We anesthetize the scalp with topical solution of numbing medicines then deliver the PRP & growth factors with tiny needles the size of an acupuncture needle. The concentrated growth factors & cytokines within the activated platelets recruit, then direct, the Stem Cells and other specialized cells in the scalp microenvironment to awaken the hair follicles into an active growth (anagen) phase. Not only will new hair follicles grow, the hair will also thicken and darken over time.
Results begin to develop in conjunction with the typical hair growth cycle, about 4 to 8 months after the injection procedure. Hair will feel and appear thicker and more dense depending upon the area treated, with results in the hair line typically being more noticeable to patients.
Follow up visits are an important part of the comprehensive plan to protect and renew hair with PRP. Results will be assessed every four to six months post-procedure, and progress will be tracked annually to determine when a follow up procedure may be advised to keep hair growth thriving. Positive effects last for months or even years after the procedure before needing an update or booster injection series.
A series of PRP procedures may be recommended to optimize hair growth, depending on your expectations for results, the nature of your hair loss progression, and your overall response to the treatment. At Revive Medical Spa we believe that PRP should be combined with daily prescribed topical hair formula plus the FDA approved LaserBand 82 for the most effective results.