Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cells for
Hair Rejuvenation: A Non-Surgical Option
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for years in orthopedic injuries to heal joints, tendons, muscle tears, and many other maladies with great success. PRP activates alpha granules of platelets that can release many healing factors such as: platelet derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, insulin like growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and interleukins. Recent studies using PRP in the scalp have given many hair loss patients a non-surgical option with great hope. The PRP initiates and prolongs the hair growth cycle, so that hair not only comes out of dormancy, but also grows out and stays out for longer periods. PRP also increases blood flow to the scalp, thus increasing vital nutrients to both existing and dormant hair follicles. This can mean a significant increase in hair count, and hair density and thickness. Some studies show as much as a 20-25% increase in hair density and thickness within a 6 month period after treatment.
But now, we take it a step further; recent advances in cellular biology have allowed us to safely and efficiently harvest stem cells, so that they can be readily added to the PRP mixture for even more amazing results. Stem cells can then act in concert with PRP to elevate and release other growth factors and cytokines. This results in even greater improvements in hair density and thickness over time. Many patients have seen results last for up to two years after a single treatment episode. Results usually become evident by the end of the forth to sixth month after injection. Laser therapy can further enhance these outcomes as well.
The treatment usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and can be done in the office. The downtime and swelling are usually minimal.