A Closer Look at Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we always stress that it’s the details that make the difference.  This is because every case of hair loss is unique and because the condition itself is often more complicated than people might imagine.  Over the past four decades, our understanding of the various causes of hair loss has evolved a great deal and many exciting new treatment options have been developed.  One form of treatment that has recently gained a great deal of attention is platelet rich plasma, or PRP, a non-surgical approach that relies on the natural healing properties of a patient’s own blood to encourage hair growth.  Although PRP is not necessarily suitable for every patient, and cannot revitalize hair follicles that have stopped producing hair entirely, it can be a great way to maintain existing hair coverage and improve surgical hair restoration results.

By spinning a sample of the patient’s own blood in a centrifuge, we can separate out a concentrated solution of platelets and plasma components.  The resulting platelet rich plasma contains from five to seven times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood along with bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing.  Originally, platelet rich plasma was used to help speed the recovery of patients who had suffered from sports injuries and other forms of trauma.  More recently, we have found that injecting it directly into the scalp can, in many cases, increase the size and healthiness of hair follicles that have begun to shrink as a result of androgenetic alopecia, or genetic pattern baldness.  In addition to stimulating hair growth, PRP can also be used in conjunction with various surgical hair transplantation procedures to help counteract “shock loss” and to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow.  In this video, recently filmed at The Griffin Center, you can watch our nurses working with Dr. Ashley Curtis prepare and administer a typical platelet rich plasma treatment.

Platelet rich plasma therapy, while extremely effective, is not necessarily appropriate for treating every form of hair loss.  Fortunately, it is just one of the many different treatment options that are available at The Griffin Center, ranging from specially formulated vitamin and prescription compounds to complete hair transplantation surgery.  If you are concerned about your own hair loss and interested in learning more about your options, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis for a comprehensive hair loss diagnosis and consultation.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news about hair restoration.