What Is PRP (PLATELET RICH PLASMA)
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Blood, in addition to red and white blood cells contains platelets, rich in growth factors and are the most potent healers of the body. Growth factors promote healing by restoring the normal architecture and strength of the tissue. In a PRP injection, the client’s own blood is processed at high speeds (we use the state-of-the-art Angel® system), resulting in higher concentrations of the client’s own platelets with growth and healing factors, which are then injected to promote healing, increase local blood flow, and stimulate hair follicles to grow healthier.
Is PRP New?
The technology has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care, initially as a healing adjunct to open heart surgery. The use of PRP for the scalp is fairly new and evolving into a promising treatment for use both as an adjunct to a hair transplant and as a way to reverse hair loss. It is generally accepted that there is a significant response rate to PRP of approximately 70-80% in certain regions of the body, although this data mainly involves multiple studies with small population groups.
How Is PRP Used To Treat Hair Loss?
Based upon the anecdotal reports of colleagues and our own work, we have been using Angel PRP combination is injected into the scalp after the scalp has been anesthetized into areas of hair thinning or falling out. We then recommend the therapy be repeated after five weeks and then once every year.
How Is PRP Used To Help Hair Loss?
We see potential benefits in PRP when aclient is experiencing a hair loss. It is used to treat hair loss in areas of the scalp where hair is diminishing or lacking, it is used as a stand-alone therapy and stimulates dormant hair follicles.
Do I Have To Worry About The Use Of Blood Products?
No, your own blood is used for the PRP procedure so there is no transfusion risk.
What Do I Have To Do Prior To And After Having The Procedure?
The client should avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for seven days prior and three days after the procedure. This includes prescription anti-inflammatory medications as well as over the counter paracetamol (cardiac clients should continue taking aspirin). Clients on blood thinners (Coumadin/warfarin/Plavix/Pradaxa) are not candidates for PRP injections. Right after the PRP procedure, the client is fine to continue normal everyday life.
What Can I Expect During The Procedure?
Using sterile equipment, approximately 120 cc of the client’s blood is drawn from a vein and placed in a special test tube to be centrifuged. As the PRP is being processed, the scalp will be anaesthetised, it then takes several minutes to inject the PRP into the affected areas of the scalp. To activate the PRP, the scalp is then treated with a roller or tiny needles with hundreds of tiny microdots into any areas experiencing hair loss.
There are very few risks with the procedure, and all rarely occur. These can include temporary bruising in the area where the blood was drawn or the PRP was injected, and a temporary worsening of hair loss. After the procedure, any usually mild discomfort or headache can be effectively treated with a simple analgesic like Paracetamol.
Are All PRP Treatments The Same?
After much research, we have chosen the Angel® PRP system. This system has the best ability to produce the most pure, correct concentration of PRP due to its sophisticated computer technology. In addition, the Angel helps promote the regenerative activity of the PRP, so it is added to the treatment to improve the chances of a positive response.