Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Loss
Fort Lauderdale PRP for Hair Loss Specialist, Bart K. Gershenbaum, D.O. offers Platelet Rich Plasma Therapies that have been found to be successful in the treatment of hair loss. Although some consider PRP a new, and somewhat controversial, treatment, the truth is that it has been used for several decades for treatment of sports injuries and other medical conditions. Finding that it can also successfully treat hair loss is just another dimension of how Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be used.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains up to five times more blood platelets than regular blood that circulates throughout the body, allowing for amazing effects in stimulating the body’s natural regenerative abilities. While PRP Therapies were first employed by orthopedics to aid in recovery and healing, especially in pre-op and post-op patients, the benefits of PRP in other applications cannot be overlooked. Over the past several years, the restorative properties of PRP therapy have made it a prominent treatment in hair restoration and re-growth therapy. Doctors who treat men and women with thinning hair have seen tremendous results from this simple outpatient procedure.
PRP as a Hair Loss Treatment
PRP is most appropriate for patients with mild to moderate thinning hair. When the patient comes in for an appointment, his or her doctor obtains a small amount of blood and places it into a centrifuge. This device spins for several minutes in order to separate that platelet rich plasma from the patient’s regular blood. Next, the doctor mixes the platelet rich plasma with sodium chloride and places it into a needle for injection.
PRP hair restoration is applicable for both men and women. With a thin needle, your own platelet rich plasma is injected into your scalp, letting the growth factors present in your blood cells do their job. Hair growth is naturally stimulated using this process. It is a promising, new, non-surgical, therapeutic option for patients suffering from hair loss.
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors. These assist in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP has been used for over two decades for healing the skin and wounds. According to medical journals, PRP therapy has been established as an effective treatment in the fields of oral surgery, sports medicine, cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Use in these fields has been extensive over the past twenty years. Most of the outcomes have been positive and have been deemed successful. Evidence does support that PRP therapy as a treatment for hair restoration is a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. There is not a lot of medical proof of its efficacy as of yet as PRP is still in the very early stages of scientific research in hair restoration and other areas.
The procedure is performed by having your own blood drawn. The blood is then put through a process where the blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood. This creates a very high concentration of platelet rich plasma. Most of the centrifuge systems eliminate granulocytes which are not conducive to tissue regeneration and wound healing. An anesthesia block is given to the nerves of the scalp so that the patient does not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Then this highly concentrated platelet rich plasma is injected directly into the scalp. No sedation or medication is generally given during the procedure so the patient may drive themselves to and from the appointment.
PRP contains special cells called platelets, that can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the environment of the hair follicle. These platelets have been used to promote healing, as they accelerate the rate and degree that tissue healing and regeneration usually occurs, and can aid in the stimulation of inactive or newly implanted hair follicles and accelerate the cells into an active growth phase.
Benefits of Choosing PRP for Hair Restoration and Re-Growth
Besides stimulating hair follicles with the patient’s own blood platelets, this treatment is fast, convenient, and pain-free. The average session takes 45 minutes to complete. This includes the process of providing a blood sample and isolating the platelet rich plasma in a centrifuge. Since the scalp is numb, patients don’t feel any pain from the injection. After a short observation period, PRP patients are free to go home. Discomfort is minimal and may include redness, itching, and soreness. These problems respond well to home remedies.
Some people assume there is nothing they can do about baldness or thinning hair because of the strong genetic component of these conditions. While it’s true that you can’t control the genes you inherit, you can restore a full head of hair with PRP therapy. For additional questions, call Fort Lauderdale Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Specialist Bart Gershenbaum, D.O. to schedule your FREE Platelet Rich Plasma Consultation and discuss your goals.