PRP Therapy: How Does It Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for many hair loss conditions.
PRP therapy is one of the latest hair loss treatment protocols to help those with thinning hair to regrow hair with natural results. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that contains about three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition to PRP it also contains platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth.
How is PRP Therapy performed?
The first thing that is done is you need to have blood drawn. The blood is spun in a centrifuge that will separate the PRP which is then removed from the rest of the blood.
The PRP that is taken from your blood spinning down creates the blood cells to be a high concentration. After the centrifugation process, the platelets and other vital growth proteins raise to the top. Some individuals find the procedure to be uncomfortable so often a topical anesthesia is used. With a thin needle, your own highly concentrated PRP is injected into your scalp. Then the growth factors naturally in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated.
The PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. Some patient’s opt to have PRP performed every 3 to 4 months to continue to stimulate hair growth. The end results is an increase in hair growth that is totally you own natural growing hair.
Who should consider PRP therapy for hair loss?
PRP therapy is suggested for many reasons. If you are not a candidate for hair transplant surgery or just want avoid surgery, this procedure may be worth further investigation as an alternative. The choice is a personal decision and it should be made together with your physician after careful consideration.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills offers non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women. To schedule a free consultation call us at (310) 275-TESS or visit drtessofbeverlyhills.com for more information on treatment options.