What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes your own blood, in which the platelet-rich plasma is extracted, and reintroduced to the skin for rejuvenation purposes. Platelets are the key to the body’s ability to stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels and cells. Platelets contain substances called growth factors that activate and rejuvenate cells in the body. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain tremendous amounts of bioactive proteins, which include growth factors. These growth factors have been shown to initiate accelerated tissue repair, capillary formation, and to also have positive effects on skin rejuvenation. The regeneration of new tissue is accomplished by stem cells and fostered by growth factors and hormones. Platelet-rich plasma is an autologous blood therapy, meaning it uses your own blood to aid in the healing and regeneration of soft tissue and wound healing. Concentrated platelets found in platelet-rich plasma contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins that signal the body to send in stem cells to initiate connective tissue healing, bone and cartilage regeneration, and repair, and promote new blood vessel development to accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, and by re-injecting concentrated platelets, we are able to maximize stem cell release for optimal healing and repair.
PRP can be used to treat:
- Injured or torn tendons, muscles, and ligaments
- Athletic injuries
- Bone healing
- Soft tissue recovery
PRP Hair Restoration
A revolutionary new procedure, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural hair restoration process utilizing platelets from a patient’s own blood and delivering them directly to the problem area to regenerate and regrow lost hair. PRP is a great alternative to surgery with little to no down-time that can take less than an hour. PRP is injected into very specific areas of the scalp to regrow and regenerate hair follicles and trigger growth of new, thicker, fuller, and natural hair. Several treatments may be needed to obtain desired results.
Patients who are the best candidates for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for hair regrowth usually tell us they are not interested in surgery, they are looking for a way to stop hair loss, and are currently experiencing a lot of “miniaturized” hair. PRP has been shown to be very effective for both male and female pattern hair loss.
New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 6-9 months and may continue to improve up to a year after treatment.
PRP therapy is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for a number of causes including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss
- Female Pattern Hair Loss
- Alopecia Areata