For nearly forty years, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been on the forefront of research into new treatments for the many forms of hair loss. During that time we have explored a variety of advanced surgical and non-surgical hair restoration techniques, ranging from follicular unit transplantation methods to the newest red light laser therapy. However, one of the most promising areas of research that we have found has been Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, which we have been using at The Griffin Center for more than a decade.
By spinning a small sample of the patient’s own blood in a centrifuge, we are able to separate out a highly concentrated solution of platelets suspended in a small volume of plasma. These platelets secrete 23 distinct growth factors that are responsible for triggering cellular regeneration and regrowth while the plasma itself contains three separate proteins that act as a matrix for bone, connective tissue, and epithelial regrowth. The resulting concentrate of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an extremely powerful and versatile treatment that can be used to help treat hair loss in three specific ways.
PRP to Preserve Hair Follicles for Transplant
Originally, we began using PRP in conjunction with surgical hair transplant procedures to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow. During any hair transplantation procedure, whether it is accomplished through follicular unit grafting for follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft®, individual hair follicles spend time “in-transit” before they are placed into a recipient area, during which they can potentially be subjected to damaging conditions, such as lack of moisture, lack of nutrient supply, and temperature variation. Keeping these donor follicles in a concentration of platelet rich plasma can significantly improve their survival rate, allowing more complete and efficient coverage from a single transplantation procedure.
PRP to Improve Hair Transplantation Results
After hair transplantation surgery, some patients experience “shock loss,” when hair follicles that are upset by the process of surgical transplantation enter a dormant telogen state during with the hair is shed. Although this is a temporary side effect, and the new healthy follicles grow new hair during their next growth cycle, the delay can often be vexing to patients anxious to see their hair transplantation results. We have found that Platelet Rich Plasma, injected after hair transplantation surgery, accelerates the transition of the hair follicle from the dormant telogen state back to the actively growing anagen state, thereby reducing the necessary recovery time and helping regrow hair faster.
PRP to Treat Hair Loss and Promote hair Growth
Finally, Platelet Rich Plasma has proven to be an effective stand-alone treatment for both men and women suffering from certain types of hair loss. Common androgenetic alopecia, or genetic pattern baldness, causes the hair follicles to gradually shrink, producing progressively thinner hair strands until they stop producing hair altogether. Platelet rich plasma stimulates the body’s natural healing factors, causing the shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger so that they can produce thicker and fuller hair growth. Since PRP is derived from the body’s blood supply, there is virtually no risk of rejection, allergic reaction, or other complications.
While undoubtedly safe and effective, platelet rich plasma is not suitable for treating all patients or all forms of hair loss. Please feel free to contact Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis to schedule a hair loss consultation so that we can formulate a treatment plan custom tailored to your specific needs. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.