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What Is PRP?

PRP is blood plasma containing a concentration of platelets many times greater than occurs normally in blood. PRP is “autologous”, meaning that it comes from the patient’s own body. This is similar to the practice of having a patient donate his/her own blood before a surgical procedure, to be used in preference to blood from the hospital blood bank should a transfusion be needed. Another example is the removal and transplantation of a patient’s own skin for a plastic surgery procedure. Because PRP is autologous, it has no potential for causing a foreign-body immunologic reaction. PRP is immunologically neutral.

How PRP Is Made?

Platelets for PRP are derived from a patient’s own blood:

Blood is withdrawn from a patient’s arm by syringe, as it would be for any laboratory procedure.

The tubes containing withdrawn blood are placed in a centrifuge and spun for a period of time.

The centrifuging “spins down” the red and white blood cells and platelets and concentrates them at various levels in the tubes. Blood plasma that is rich in platelets is drawn off from the appropriate level. Plasma defined as platelet-rich plasma contains 4 to 8 times the number of platelets per cubic centimeter found in normal plasma. With a little additional preparation the PRP is ready for application.

PRP promotes hair growth from follicles by the action of platelet growth factors on hair follicle stem cells. The platelet growth factors induce follicle stem cells to shift from a dormant state to an active state that starts the process of hair production.

To Reinvigorate Dormant Hair Follicles the platelet growth factors can “wake up” dormant hair follicles and begin the production of new hair. PRP was applied after scalp skin was

Slightly injured to induce platelets to release growth factors at the injury site. Enhanced hair growth and hair diameter was noted over the next few months.

Safety, Complications, Contraindications to Use of PRP

The PRP/Stem cell treatment is completed in 1 hr, after that you can resume the normal activities. It is completely safe, painless and does not have any side effects. After the treatment no special precaution is needed.

PRP treatment + Hair Transplant

PRP procedure can also be performed with Hair transplant treatment. Hair follicles which are being transplanted are susceptible to dehydration and injury. Combining PRP into hair graft storage solution will help preserve grafts and encourage follicles to be in an active growing state. PRP treatment during hair transplants can also help to promote tissue repair and minimize scar formation.

During FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) technique, the surgeon cut the strip of tissue from the scalp before cutting it further into follicular units. After that surgeon creates holes on the affected bald areas of the head and place the follicular units into them. The main disadvantage of using FUT is the patient will have a long strip of scar across their head. This can become an issue for patients that want to keep their hair short. With PRP application during strip surgeries, this scar could become less noticeable.

PRP can also be useful in follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures.Follicular Unit Extraction is the method of hair transplantation involves taking the individual follicular units from back of your head one by one by using tiny specialized machine and placed them into the area where the hairs are bald or thinning area. Encouraging results have been found in a recent PRP study using 40 FUE transplant patients. In this study, 40 male AGA patients were treated with or without PRP during their FUE procedure. One month after transplant, a greater number of PRP treated FUE hair transplant patients (12/20) experienced an increase in hair density (>75%) as compared to untreated (no PRP) FUE patients (0/20).

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