What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to promote hair growth. PRP contains growth factors that can stimulate the hair follicles and improve the thickness and density of the hair. At Illume Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa we use Eclipse PRP® – FDA cleared 510(k) Class II medical device. Eclipse PRP is intended for the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from a small sample of blood at the patient point of care. The PRP is mixed with autograft or allograft bone prior to application to a bony defect for improving handling characteristics.
What do Platelets do?
Platelets release growth factors which regulate the healing cascade by signaling to surrounding cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue. Key growth factors involved in this process include but are not limited to:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
- Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF)
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
- Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF)
Some in the medical community think that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss
PRP therapy has several benefits for hair loss, including improving hair quality and volume, reducing hair shedding, and increasing the duration of the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle. Additionally, PRP is a safe and minimally invasive treatment option that requires almost no downtime, making it an attractive alternative to other hair loss treatments.
PRP therapy process
PRP therapy is a three-step process. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks apart.
Maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.
Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
red blood cells
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
PRP – PLATELET RICH PLASMA – HAIR RESTORATION THERAPY
USES ONLY NATURALLY OCCURRING PLATELETS
ONLY REQUIRES A SMALL BLOOD SAMPLE
CAN BE COMBINED WITH OTHER HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS
$2,000 For 4 TREATMENTS