At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we study various methods of hair restoration to most effectively treat patients who are experiencing hair loss. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is currently being studied as a non-surgical approach used to stimulate hair growth for both men and women. We believe PRP that has been separated and removed from the rest of the blood may stimulate the stem cells in the Dermal Papilla and hair follicle.
The act of spinning blood in a centrifuge causes platelets and growth proteins to rise to the top. PRP is injected superficially into the scalp. According to early research, repeating this procedure every three to six months can stimulate hair growth. The exact mechanism has not been completely resolved, but the stem cells which are in the skin and around the follicles are most likely being stimulated for additional growth. Additionally, inflammatory factors which have been identified for the genetic hair loss alopecias are being down regulated allowing for renewed growth to occur. Another important component of this process is the use of a concentrating technique which produces a sponge like effect which gradually releases the cytokines and growth factors from the PRP producing a prolonged effect.
Recently, addition of Acell has emerged, dubbed “pixie dust” from the news media because of its ability to stimulate new growth of cells. Acell is also known as extracellular matrix and has been previously used for soldiers who have been injured in wars to promote faster healing. Reported results have been extraordinary. While still being experimented with in scientific research, PRP therapy is a promising option to add to other non-surgical hair restoration options such as Propecia®, Minoxidil (commonly sold as Rogaine®), laser therapy and DHT inhibitors.
This new method of hair restoration provides no guarantees for success and individual results vary. However, for patients interested in natural stimulation, PRP therapy is a viable option. PRP therapy can also be performed to complement follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft® or the traditional strip method for hair restoration.
Hair loss specialists Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley Curtis stress the importance of speaking with a hair loss specialist to discuss causes and treatments for hair loss, including PRP therapy. To make an appointment, please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with The Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair loss news and information.