PRP is a cutting-edge treatment that uses the patients’ own blood to trigger regeneration within the skin. The blood is taken from the patient and then prepared using state-of-the-art technology to create platelet-rich plasma. Platelets contain a number of growth factors that stimulate the rejuvenation of the skin as well as increase hair density. The re-injection of the plasma stimulates the release of these growth factors which encourage new blood capillary formation in patients with androgenetic alopecia.
Summary of PRP for Hair Loss
45 minutes (1 hour with blood taking)
Up to 3 (depending on goals)/Ongoing maintenance for lasting effects
PRP for Hair Loss FAQ’s
How does it work?
Blood is placed into a centrifuge and spun at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
The platelets then form a platelet-rich plasma which can then be re-injected back into the patient. It causes an increase in volume and also contains growth factors that, over time, continually work to stimulate hair growth.
Since the treatment is autologous (uses patient’s own blood) there is no risk of an immune response.
Why are platelets important?Platelets are biological constituents of blood, along with red and white blood cells. They are easily activated through thrombin and tissue factors and responses. Once platelets are activated, a cascade of events occurs, including the release of the intra-cellular contents of platelets, followed by cell signalling in order to initiate tissue healing.
There have been many clinical studies of PRP, showing significant benefits when used in joint surgery and soft tissue injuries, to accelerate cartilage repair, tendon regeneration, bone growth and pain reduction.
PRP concentrates the number of platelets and therefore the important regenerative growth factors that they contain. By injecting them into the skin, there is enhanced tissue recovery, repair and the stimulation of the proliferation of various cell types. The concentration of the platelets determines the effect at the site of the injection.ay be required to undergo medical investigations such as blood tests, ECG or other, as medically advised by your surgeon.
Is it safe?
As the PRP is made from the persons’ own blood, it does not create a foreign-body immunological reaction and therefore there is no risk of an allergic reaction. Patients can resume normal activity immediately and most patients report little discomfort during the procedure. The procedure may take no more than 20 mins to one hour and can be performed as an out-patient treatment.
What technology do you use to perform the treatment?
At The London Transgender Clinic, we only use the latest technology which can allow for a safer treatment and better results. For the collection of blood and preparation of platelet-rich plasma we use RegenKit®BCT, which is one of the best devices for the retention of high-quality and viable platelets as well as plasma growth factors and fibrogen. You can find out more about RegenKit®BCT here.
Can PRP be performed in combination with other hair restoration modalities?
It is safe to perform PRP on patients who already use topical 5% minoxidil as well as on patients on hormone therapy or on oral antiandrogen medications like finasteride.
Written onOctober 26, 2018
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