Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research are constantly exploring the latest innovations in hair loss treatment, but they believe that one of the best ways to provide patients with the most satisfactory results is to educate them about all the hair restoration options that are available. Several weeks ago, the Griffin Center team went over the basic facts about red light laser therapy, a hair loss treatment that uses focused red light to stimulate hair growth. However, Red Light Laser therapy is just one of the many advanced treatments for male and female hair loss that The Griffin Center offers. Another extremely versatile technique involves the use of platelet rich plasma. Here are the most basic facts you need to know about Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Loss Therapy so you can help determine if this option is right for you.
Human blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which are small, disk-shaped cell fragments that facilitate clotting, promote tissue regeneration, and secrete growth factors that initiate cell regrowth. When a sample of a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge, the red blood cells are separated from the platelets and plasma components. This separated “solid” portion of the blood, or platelet rich plasma, contains approximately five to seven times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood along with concentrated bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing. Platelet rich plasma has proven effective in speeding the recovery of patients who have suffered from a variety of sports injuries and other forms of trauma.
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, can be a benefit to patients suffering from hair loss in several different ways. First, injecting concentrated PRP taken from the patient into the scalp directly can increase the size and healthiness of hair follicles that have begun to shrink as a result of androgenetic alopecia, or genetic pattern baldness. PRP can also be used in conjunction with either FUG or FUE (NeoGraft®) surgical hair transplantation procedures to help counteract “shock loss” and to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow. Finally, platelet rich plasma serves as an excellent, nutrient rich transport material for donor follicles between extraction and implantation, keeping the follicles in a healthy state that significantly improves their survival rate and overall hair transplant results.
Optimal candidates for platelet rich plasma therapy include men and women of all ages, who are in generally good health, and who do not have any medical conditions that might impair healing. It has proven most effective in treating androgenetic alopecia, which is responsible for more than 90% of all hair loss, but we have also had a great deal of success in using it to treat men and women suffering from traction alopecia, or hair thinning that is caused by too tight ponytails, braids, and other styles that strain and damage the follicles. Because it works with the body’s natural healing processes, it works best on those who have only recently begun to lose hair, and has been less successful in restoring hair growth to patients whose follicles have not produced hair in several years or in those whose follicles are permanently damaged from the effects of scarring alopecia.
Platelet rich plasma treatments at The Griffin Center can generally be performed in our office in under an hour. The frequency of these treatments can vary depending on the degree and type of the individual patient’s hair loss, but we typically recommend a set of three initial treatments six weeks apart followed by a repeat treatment one year after the first in order to achieve the best results.
Every patient is unique, and at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and the new Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, we work to properly diagnose and develop a customized treatment plan for your specific needs. If you have questions about any of the procedures and treatments that may be able to help you, or would like to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed by Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.