|What is PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is the use of a person’s own blood platelets to enhance hair growth as a stand-alone treatment or to improve the recovery and results of hair transplant surgery. In the field of tissue regeneration, research is continuing to progress regarding the use of PRP’s ability to stimulate stem cells, improve wound healing, and rejuvenate skin and hair follicles.How is PRP performed as a stand-alone treatment for hair growth?
A small sample of blood is obtained from the patient. This sample is processed in an FDA-cleared device to separate the platelets from other components like red blood cells. Platelets are then chemically ‘activated,’ releasing powerful molecules which have profound biologic effects on hair follicles and skin. Under comfortable local anesthesia, this powerful cocktail of growth factors, cytokines and other proteins is injected into the area of scalp where weak hair follicles exist. Microneedling of the skin is also performed. Mild soreness, if any, resolves in less than a day and improved hair growth can be measured in a matter of weeks.Is all PRP the same?
Unfortunately not, and this is where it can get confusing for patients (and physicians!). At Bauman Medical Group, we use the FDA approved Autologel PRP process to separate and activate Platelet Rich Plasma for use as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with hair transplantation. Bauman Medical Group is proud to be the first complete hair transplant team to be fully certified by Cytomedix to produce Autologel. That means that every member of our team has passed certification for the preparation and application of Autologel PRP. At Bauman Medical Group, we feel that our PRP/ACell protocols are providing significant stimulation of hair growth and hair follicle rejuvenation.
Does PRP need to be repeated?
Initially, patients would return for three treatments over three months. It typically takes another three months to measure the improvements via the scientific HairCheck cross-sectional hair bundle measurements. Over time, the course of treatment may need to be repeated depending on the patient’s response to therapy, hair loss condition and goals. By monitoring the hair growth effect with the HairCheck device over time, we can determine when the improvement in hair growth slows down. At that time, additional treatments with PRP may be necessary in order to maintain the desired results.
What is ACell or Extracellular Matrix (ECM)?
ACell is an Extracellular Matrix (ECM) tissue-regenerating technology that has been used extensively in the fields of medicine and surgery to stimulate stem cells and enhance wound healing. It’s rise in popular culture was accelerated as people with partial finger amputations were able to actually grow back their fingertips (often with the fingernail) by using this product. It has also been noted that the use of ACell in wound healing dramatically decreases the appearance of scar tissue in a wound. ACell is a “bioscaffold” that helps the body heal without excessive scarring.
How is ACell used in Hair Restoration?
ACell can be used in hair restoration treatments when combined with PRP or other liquid injectible solution to stimulate stem cells and rejuvenate the skin and hair follicles. ACell can also be used to improve wound healing whenever a cut or incision is made in the skin.
Is PRP Platelet Rich Plasma safe?
Yes. PRP is immunologically neutral and poses no danger of allergic, hypersensitivity or foreign-body reactions. Sterile technique is used in every stage to prevent infection. A brief period of inflammation site of application is normal and to be expected, indicating the action of the PRP.
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP Hair Regrowth, a medical consultation with Dr. Alan Bauman is recommended. Click here to start your consultation.