Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Treatments
Dr. Benjamin Stong of Kalos Hair Transplant is uniquely qualified to offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) as an effective non-surgical approach to treating hair loss. Platelet Rich Plasma is highly concentrated blood plasma that can be used in several ways when it comes to hair restoration. PRP can be used to medically treat male and female pattern baldness as well as maximize the results of a hair transplant surgery. It is obtained by drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood so that concentrated platelets and plasma are separated from the whole blood. Dr. Stong is an elite facial plastic surgeon who carries deep insight and talented technique when it comes to integrating regenerative medicine in non-surgical hair loss treatments. He implements the latest and most proven application of techniques using Platelet Rich Plasma, which may involve a direct injection into the scalp or a topical application.
PRP is currently used throughout many areas of medicine. It contains a powerful platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins that are used to promote wound healing, tissue repair and hair growth. In the medical treatment of male and female hair loss, PRP can be directly injected into the scalp to stimulate the growth of dormant hair follicles. This reverses the hair miniaturization (thinning) process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia (common baldness). Typically, PRP injections are given every 3 to 4 months until your ideal results are achieved.
At Kalos Hair Transplant, we use platelet rich plasma as a standalone procedure, as a supplement to hair transplant surgery, and in combination with microneedling treatments. PRP carries the ability to induce hair stem cells to enter their growth phase; therefore platelet rich plasma offers powerful and expansive benefits in terms of hair restoration. Your specific indication for PRP treatment will depend on your unique hair loss needs and goals.
PRP in Hair Transplant Surgery
Platelet Rich Plasma provides multiple benefits when used in hair transplant surgery. In addition to direct injections, Dr. Stong can use this concentrated platelet rich plasma to soak each extracted graft as well as spray the formula on donor and recipient areas of your scalp. Not only does PRP work to stimulate healthy hair growth, but it also aids in wound and scar healing at your surgical site. Patients benefit from a maintenance treatment of PRP injections to accelerate recovery and results. These treatments are usually repeated for 2 to 3 times each month, following the hair transplant.
If hair loss is keeping you from enjoying the activities you love or hindering your career advancement, let Dr. Stong of Kalos Hair Transplant can help you. We offer state-of-the-art solutions to permanently restore your natural hair. Our clinic provides flexible payment options and financing plans to help you afford your hair transplant procedure. You can rest assured that we use only the safest, most effective methods available to address male and female hair loss.
ACell + PRP Injection Therapy
Dr. Stong implements innovative ACell technology with PRP injections to create a powerful medium for effective non-surgical hair restoration. ACell’s MatriStem (ACell) is a special medical device sanctioned by the FDA for use in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Structurally, ACell is a biomatrix that both repairs and remodels damaged tissue and therefore enhances regenerative therapies.
For the treatment of hair loss, ACell is combined with PRP for direct injection into the scalp. Together, they enable miniaturized hair follicles to become stronger, healthier and larger. ACell works by activating adult stem cells, which are precursor cells within the hair follicles. Since PRP also contains powerful mediators and growth factors that promote rapid blood vessel growth and targeted cell growth, ACell + PRP can be an outstanding non-surgical solution for male and female pattern hair loss.
ACell + PRP can be used as an early intervention to protect the hair from future hair loss or in combination with hair transplant surgery for patients with more advanced baldness. When used after a hair transplant, the ACell + PRP combination therapy can increase graft survival, improve donor scar healing and accelerate recovery.
Contact us today to learn more about the significant advantages of using Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) to treat your hair loss.
Platelet Rich Plasma FAQ
- What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma, which may contain up to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition to the platelets, it also contains growth factors and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing, tissue repair and hair growth.
- How does ACell work with PRP to treat hair loss?
When suspended in a PRP concentration and injected into the scalp, ACell activates adult stem cells within the scalp tissues. Active adult stem cells are known for their ability to multiply, differentiate and seek out damaged tissues to repair them. Therefore, within balding areas of the scalp, these activated stem cells induce a natural regenerative process within dormant hair follicles and strengthen miniaturized (thinning) hairs. Since PRP contains additional growth factors and bioactive proteins responsible for tissue regeneration, it makes an excellent adjuvant to ACell to maximize hair growth results.
- When is ACell + PRP indicated?
ACell + PRP is indicated in a number of situations. It can be chosen as an early intervention for patients who are genetically predisposed to hair loss or for those who are in early stages of balding. In such circumstances, it can help younger patients avoid or postpone a future hair transplant procedure.
ACell + PRP can also be an ideal method to optimize healing and results from a hair transplant surgery. Not only does it improve graft survival and help stimulate future hair follicle growth, but it can also dramatically support wound healing at the surgical site and allow for a faster recovery.
- How is PRP used to treat hair loss?
PRP can stimulate the growth of dormant hair follicles that are found in male and female pattern baldness. It can be directly injected into the scalp as a standalone procedure or in combination with a microneedling treatment, hair transplant surgery or stem cell therapy. PRP is known for its significant ability to support tissue repair and wound healing. Therefore, it can supplement hair transplant surgery by accelerating healing and reducing scarring in addition to enhancing the hair growth results.
- How is PRP used with microneedling for hair loss treatment?
Microneedling involves tiny needle-tips that briefly puncture the scalp’s surface. This triggers a natural response process for tissue repair and cellular turnover. When used in combination with a patient’s platelet rich plasma, this repair process is accelerated and hair follicle stimulation is maximized. PRP can be injected or applied topically during a microneedling treatment on the scalp.
- How is PRP used with hair transplants?
PRP makes an excellent adjuvant to hair transplant surgery. With its ability to promote wound healing and tissue repair, the hair transplant sites can heal faster and with less scarring. Since PRP also has the power to stimulate hair follicle growth, which also works to supplement hair transplant results and increase hair growth density. PRP can be directly injected into the scalp during hair transplant surgery and it can be used to soak or bathe each graft in a petri dish throughout the procedure.
- What other hair loss treatments can be combined with PRP?
Beyond hair transplant surgery and microneedling, PRP can also be combined with stem cell treatments. As part of Dr. Stong’s commitment to stay at the forefront of the role of regenerative medicine in hair loss treatment, he offers the most advanced techniques using a patient’s own stem cells to stimulate hair growth. These stem cells may be obtained from adipose tissues (fat) or bone marrow. The growth factors and platelets found in PRP work to induce the stem cells found in hair follicles to differentiate into healthy hair stem cells and grow hair. This can significantly boost the regenerative process when combined with stem cell therapy, which in turn enhances hair restoration results.
- How effective is PRP as a standalone procedure?
As a standalone procedure, platelet rich plasma can be chosen as an additional way to stimulate hair growth, particularly for those who cannot use other forms of treatment. It is also useful in the treatment of crown thinning and as a medical treatment for hair loss. PRP works best where there is existing thinning hair and not complete baldness.
PRP can be directly injected into the scalp to stimulate the growth of hair follicles. More specifically, it targets thin (miniaturized) hair to grow into thicker hairs to reverse the thinning or balding process in addition to stimulating dormant hair follicle growth.
- What should patients expect after PRP Injections?
Patients generally see results in 3 to 4 months, but the response time can vary with each individual case. With PRP as a standalone procedure, patients can return to routine activities immediately following treatment. Some patients may experience temporary soreness and slight swelling, but many patients experience nothing.