PRP is derived from your own blood and the term is an abbreviation for "platelet rich plasma". PRP is obtained by taking an ordinary sample of blood from your arm similar to a routine blood test. This sample is centrifuged in a special container that separates the red blood cells from the plasm (the clear, straw colored fluid in your blood stream). Between these two layers in the tube used to withdraw your blood there is a very thin layer that contains only platelets, the cells that start the blood clotting process when a blood vessel is opened. PRP is obtained by removing some of the plasma and then remixing the layer of platelets with the remaining plasma. This makes the plasma "rich" with platelets.
It turns out that platelets do much more than aid in blood clotting. They happen to contain hundreds of molecules called "growth factors" that are essential for cellular growth and they are responsible for starting the wound healing process. Researchers and clinicians have found that PRP is capable of speeding wound healing and has potential benefits in other fields including orthopedics, plastic surgery, and dermatology.
One area in which PRP has demonstrated repeatable results is in the treatment of hair loss. Approximately 2/3 of patients receiving scalp injections with PRP respond with an increase in the number, diameter, and rate of growth of scalp hair in hereditary balding and other non-scarring hair loss disorders. Successful outcomes are more likely when hair loss is not long standing or severe.
We offer PRP for hair loss in our office with a standard protocol of one treatment per month for four treatments, followed by maintenance treatments every six months if the original treatments were helpful.
A consultation is required to evaluate male and female patients to determine if they are good candidates for this treatment.
To view before and after photos in patients following the same protocol we use CLICK HERE.