Is Platelet-Rich Plasma an Effective Healing Therapy for Hair Loss?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a hair loss treatment that is showing a lot of promise. Is it very effective as a treatment for hair loss? The answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Thus far in hair growth trials, there have been many positive results. The use of PRP for the past twenty years in other forms of treatment has had documented success and reviews. It is considered a newer treatment for hair loss for both men and women. PRP has had years of positive use by a variety of health practitioners.
- Neurosurgeons have used PRP to stimulate new cell growth in cranial surgery and for spinal surgery.
- Sports medicine and orthopedics use PRP to stimulate muscle growth and to speed bone regeneration.
- Oral surgeons use PRP therapy to help regenerate tissue following oral procedures. It may also be a wonder treatment for gum regeneration.
- Plastic and cosmetic surgeons use PRP to improve the survival of skin grafts, grafted cells, and to help minimize both bruising and scar development.
As a treatment for hair loss, PRP is expected to continue to produce positive results for both men and women. It is important that potential patients realize that the results of PRP differ from one patient to the next. Here is a look at how it works.
The Healing Power of the Body
The magic of PRP is on the cellular level, and the stars are the building blocks that our body produces to create positive change on a micro level. The product taps into the healing portion of the patient’s blood, so there is little if any risk of negative interaction, such as might occur with medication. The goal is to harvest the mesenchymal stem cells that exist in the blood. The other healing properties of blood are the autologous blood products. These are where the proteins for cellular growth and regeneration come.
When we accidentally cut ourselves, our body knows how to heal itself. It uses these proteins that our body produces to repair the damage that occurs. The aim of PRP is to harness that natural healing property and apply it specifically to the area of the body that needs healing. In the case of hair loss, that area would be the skin and tissue that hold hair follicles. Since there is not a natural wound for the body to heal, it does not try to replace hair follicles. By creating a wound to heal and then supplying the wound with concentrated levels of stem cells, and proteins designed to aid healing, the body fixes its own hair loss problem.
The PRP Process and Hair Loss
One aspect about PRP for hair loss is that this is a nonsurgical process. It is an injectable and topical procedure. The area of skin with hair loss is prepared using anesthetic and then a micro-rolling device is rolled over the area. Tiny needles on the wheel cause localized skin trauma that stimulates the body to begin the healing process. This is where PRP comes into action. The patient’s blood, which is extracted earlier and specially prepared in a centrifuge that spins the blood until it separates into its different component, is injected into the site. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. uses the stem cells and autologous parts as a means of helping the wound heal. The goal is that when the healing process is complete that new hair follicles grow back and begin to produce hair.
The process is repeatable every 3-4 months and each time the process occurs it is expected that more new follicles will grow. The result is that your body produces more hair and what you grow is natural. The process also offers a potential solution with a cost that is significantly less than hair plugs or grafting procedures. When we ask ourselves is PRP an effective treatment for hair loss, the answer remains yes. The best way to determine if this hair loss treatment is right for you is to discuss the process with P. Alexander Ataii M.D. an expert in the field of aesthetic procedures.