At The Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-Aging Clinics of Louisiana, we are performing PRP therapy as a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
WHAT IS PRP THERAPY?
Platelet rich plasma, or often termed as PRP, is concentrated blood plasma (composition of blood) that contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. Apart from red blood cells and white blood cells, our blood also contains cells known as platelets. The function of platelets is to promote healing and aid in the clotting of blood at the site of a wound. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body. PRP has been used in medicine for the last two decades.
The benefits of platelets and the regeneration of tissue is widely known and accepted in medical literature, but its usage in recent medical conditions is currently being studied. The use of PRP to treat hair loss has the potential to change the way hair loss is treated around the world as it’s a revolutionary, new treatment for hair loss.
The injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a technique using the body’s own blood to heal itself. Doctors incorporate its use for the growth of thinning hair, transplanted hair, and wound healing. Many patients have benefited from this form of treatment.
HOW DOES PRP HELP IN TREATING HAIR LOSS?
If the hair follicles or hair roots are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy. Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from blood supply. If we introduce platelets by administering platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the area of damaged hair follicles, it amplifies the body’s naturally occurring wound healing mechanism. Some doctors around the world believe PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles preventing hair loss.
HOW IS PRP THERAPY PERFORMED?
The treatment is done in our office by Dr. Howell and requires preparing a small amount of the patient’s own blood (60 cc). The blood is then placed into our Harvest System centrifuge and spun down into a powerful serum (derived from the separation of white and red blood cells, and platelet rich plasma) to help initiate cellular regeneration within your scalp. The PRP is then recombined and administered via a series of injections over the recipient areas of the scalp.
How a patient responds to the procedure can vary from person to person, and will depend on the intrinsic healing ability of one’s own body. Individuals receiving PRP therapy exhibit improvement after about 2 or 3 months, and can be repeated every 4 to 6 months depending on the level of response. The process is one that involves drawing 60 mL of your blood, and placing that into a centrifuge, which spins the blood and separates out the different components of blood. This is a relatively small amount of blood. The platelets are specifically isolated then injected into the areas of thinning hair in a stand-alone procedure.