Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma is a "product" derived from whole blood.
During the treatment, a technician draws your blood and spins it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. Doctors then inject the plasma, which helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production. Doctors began using PRP in dermatology after researchers found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells help promote hair growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle. Doctors inject plasma into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. They typically administer injections monthly for three months, then spread them out over about three or four months for up to two years. The injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age and hormones.
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  • Part of the success of PRP comes from selecting the right patients for therapy, Dr. Ambrozic says. PRP is safe and effective for many people. However, you should not have PRP therapy if you fall into either of these groups: If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you aren’t likely to have good results because these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time. If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure is not as effective.
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  • About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. It can begin early in life, but is much more common after the age of 50, when more than 50 percent of men will experience some kind of hair loss. However, an emerging treatment — platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — appears to help regrow lost hair. And, there are virtually no side effects from PRP, except for a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site.
What is in the Plasma?
Plasma acts as a reserve for proteins. However, plasma also contains its own proteins, as well as Growth Factors (GFs). A few of the more important GFs include:

  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
  • Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
  • pidermal growth factor (EGF)
  • Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
  • While each GF works differently, they all have a similar end goal: to promote cell proliferation and differentiation. This is believed to be done through stimulation of stem cells within the follicle, giving rise to new hair.
  • Benefits of Hair Restoration

    Hair loss has long been a significant cosmetic concern for men, and women are also finding the need for hair restoration services. When hair transplants were first introduced, men lived with disappointing results. “Hair plugs” created an unnatural hair line and pattern on the scalp that made the restoration process obvious. With SmartGraft™ hair transplant and our other hair restoration services, men and women enjoy fuller hair that looks completely natural.

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