Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma is a fairly new technology with many different applications.
PRP has been used in orthopedics for years, to improve healing. In fact, Tiger Woods used this technology in 2008, to help him recover quickly from his knee surgery.
It also has applications in hair transplantation and in facial aesthetics, as PRP can be used either alone, or with fat or fillers, to produce more long lasting, and perhaps even permanent improvement in wrkinkles and depressions.
PRP is a process by which your own blood is drawn, and then separated by a process called centrifugation, to isolate a layer of platelets. Within the platelet layer, there are numerous proteins which act in the body as growth factors. These factors are chemicals which recruit other cells in the body to help you heal. When these concentrated proteins are then injected into your body, they promote healing, and also help fat cells or fillers last longer. PRP can also be used as a stand alone treatment for wrinkles, hair loss, and orthopedic injuries, but we believe that it is most beneficial, when combined with hair transplantation or fillers, as they work syngergistically together, to give you a better result.
In addition, there is wide belief amongt many scientists that there may even be stem cells in the PRP concentrate, and if nothing else, these proteins communicate with stem cells in a way, that may activate the stem cells, and so in that way, PRP is particularly useful for hair transplant procedures, where multiple hair follicles depend on stem cells to regulate the complex hair cycle.
Although there aren’t a lot of double blinded, prospective studies available, to scientifically verify the effectiveness of PRP treatments, we have noticed that patients who have had prior transplants with us, without PRP, are noticing a big difference.
The following testimonial is from one such patient:
All is good, actually I do have a fair amount of growth. I think the extra procedure with stem cell helped a lot.
Patient 3 months post surgery.