Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Produced in just minutesfrom a small quantity of your own blood, PRP contains a wide variety of the body’s own natural growth factors which may be helpful in accelerating tissue regeneration, improving healing time and stimulating hair growth. Platelets are cell fragmentsthat are normally found in the blood and play a key role in blood clotting and are a naturalsource of growth factors. Once prepared and activated, plateletsrelease their stores of powerful growth factors and other molecules.
How is PRP made?
Once a small sample of blood is obtained, the FDA - approved and physician - supervised process concentrates platelets by separating them from other blood components using special equipment.
How is PRP used as a stand - alone treatment?
PRP can be used as an outpatient, in - office treatmentfor hairloss. PRP contains many powerful growth factorsthat are associated with the reversal of miniaturization of hair folliclesthat occurs with pharmaceutical hair growth treatments
What are “growth factors?”
Platelets contain powerful protein molecules called growth factors that normally begin tissue repair and regeneration at a wound site. These platelet - derived growth factors initiate connective tissue healing, skin regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process. Many growth factors have also been implicated in the cascade of cellular events that occur when hair follicles are treated with medications to stimulate hair growth. Some of the growth factors and other components found in PRP include: Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Transforming Growth Factors(TGF ‐ β and TGF - α), Insulin - Like Growth Factor - 1 (IGF - 1), Angiopoietin - 2 (Ang - 2), Interleukin - 1 Beta (IL - 1β), Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs), hFOBs (Human Fetal Osteoblasts) and more
Is PRP safe?
Because PRP is made from your own blood, it isinsulated against the risk of disease transmission.
How will I know if my PRP hair growth treatment is working?
Because hair growth occurs slowly and early changes to even the most powerful treatments can be subtle, assessing changes in hair growth from PRP as a standalone therapy requires special monitoring techniques like standardized photography, hair density measurements with a scalp microscope, combined cross sectional bundle measurement with a HairCheck® trichometer and other tools. Some, not all certified Hair Restoration Physicians have these tools at their disposal. Dr. Shaikh recommends that the results of ANY hair restoration regimen be routinely checked using these in office measurement tools.
What isthe cost of PRP?
Ourstaff can provide information on the cost ofstandalone PRP treatments prescribed.