At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we are committed to finding the most effective treatments for hair loss and techniques in hair restoration. One of the most recent and exciting developments in hair loss treatment is the use of platelet rich plasma as a means of stimulating hair growth in both deteriorating and newly implanted hair follicles.
Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is derived from a patient’s own blood. Spinning your own blood in a centrifuge separates it into its component parts, allowing for the removal of a highly concentrated solution of platelets suspended in a small volume of plasma. These platelets have been proven to secrete fundamental growth factors that initiate all wound healing, and the plasma itself contains three proteins that are known to act as cell adhesion molecules and as a matrix for bone, connective tissue, and epithelial migration. The concentrate of platelet rich plasma, when re-injected into the body, stimulates the healing process while simultaneously accelerating the speed and degree of regeneration in the damaged tissue.
Patients suffering from a number of different forms of hair loss exhibit a characteristic shrinking of the hair follicles. Over time, as the follicles shrink, they produce hair that is thinner and thinner, until they reach a point where they stop producing hair at all. Injecting platelet rich plasma into the dermis of the scalp can cause the shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing thicker and fuller hair growth. Furthermore, platelet rich plasma also speeds up the transition of the hair follicle from the dormant telogen state back to the actively growing anagen state, reducing the necessary recovery time after hair restoration surgery. We at the Griffin Center have been using PRP in conjunction with our transplant procedures for many years.
Over the last few years we have initiated using the PRP as a stand-alone treatment in men and women with specific types of hair loss. It has proven to be especially effective in male and female pattern loss as well as in some forms of traction alopecia. In some cases, PRP has been shown to regrow hair in areas afflicted with alopecia areata, eyebrow hypotrichosis, and chronic telogen effluvium. It has not been as beneficial for scarring hair loss thus far. Treatments at The Griffin Center generally take less than an hour to perform and results have been promising. We generally 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.
If you have questions about platelet rich plasma therapy or other treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ .