Deeply committed to education, Dr. Griffin of the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been on the forefront of hair restoration research and technology since 1976; and the recent advancement in the study of platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been no exception. While PRP technology is most commonly hailed as an aid in healing, Dr. Griffin has been working to explore the ways in which PRP technology can aid in more effective hair restoration.
PRP technology is a subsection of Orthobiologics, which looks at various ways to help the body to help itself. In this case, platelet rich plasma is taken from the body by first drawing the blood that contains these platelets. Then using centrifuge, the platelets are isolated from the other matter and then re-injected into the body for various uses. The platelets isolated and utilized in PRP technology are special in their ability to release proteins called “growth factors” which help to accelerate tissue regeneration and heal the body.
For the skin care industry, PRP is promising in its ability to promote collagen growth in skin, helping to eliminate wrinkles and promote overall skin health. For orthopedic physicians, PRP technology is promising in its ability to accelerate healing of muscles, tendons, etc.
But for Dr. Griffin and other hair restoration specialists, the hope is that this new technology will improve follicular grafting, the hair-by-hair restoration technique. Because each strand of hair must be grafted and transplanted into the scalp one-by-one, physicians and scientists are hopeful that PRP technology will accelerate the healing of tissue for faster and more reliable acceptance of the new stands of hair.
While practical uses of PRP technology are still in the clinical trial phase, these advancements are very promising for the field of hair restoration. Dr. Griffin will keep you abreast of any updates with PRP technology that could affect you with a series of blog posts on the subject.
For more information about PRP technology or specific hair restoration techniques, we invite you to explore the Griffin Center website or contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.