What types of Hair Loss can be treated by PRP Hair Restoration?
How does PRP work to treat hair loss?
Growth Factors are chemical messengers that are present in the follicular bulge area of hair follicles (as are stem cells) and they activate the ‘growth’ phase during normal hair production.
Cells of the dermal papilla are found at the base of the hair follicle.
Both types of cells (stem cells and dermal papilla cells) are reliant on each other. They interact together via stimulation by various growth factors, and this creates the future follicular unit.
Some Growth Factors can have negative effects on hair production, while other Growth Factors such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) have a positive effect on hair formation, including follicle size.
The Growth Factors in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are demonstrated to have a direct positive effect on hair follicles when they are introduced (by injection) into affected areas.
How effective is PRP Hair Restoration?
Studies have shown that the use of PRP injections to the scalp for hair loss are doubly as effective as the traditional method with local corticosteroid injections. However, there must be some existing follicles in the area to be stimulated. If the follicles are so miniaturised as to be non-existent, then PRP will not be effective. This highlights the importance of consulting with a doctor or surgeon who can assess your scalp under high magnification to determine the severity of your hair loss or if there is some other underlying condition that needs to be treated.
PRP can also be used during hair transplants results in higher growth rates (yields) and faster rates of growth.
Healing occurs quicker, with less swelling, less scabbing and less scarring.
PRP Hair Restoration – Blood Volume
For treating hair loss, the amount of blood extracted during PRP is majorly important to the success of the treatment. It has been shown that a 10-20ml amount may be ideal for treating joints or facial rejuvenation. However, treating the scalp requires significantly more blood to spread the final Platelet Rich Plasma product over a such a large surface area than compared with, for example an elbow.
From our clinical experience at least 60mls of blood is required to treat a balding scalp properly and in some cases it may be more than this amount.
PRP Hair Restoration – Platelet Concentration and Activation
More blood equals more total platelets and better results.
These results can be intensified by using a more heavy duty centrifuge system to produce a much more highly concentrated PRP product. To stimulate hair regrowth, PRP needs to be more highly concentrated with platelets and growth factors than PRP used for the face, joints or tissue injuries.
Remember, some clinics do not “activate” the final PRP product and this is another important step in producing quality PRP ready for scalp injections for hair regrowth. We use specialised equipment to stimulate the platelets and growth factors from a “dormant’ state into an “activated” state to ensure they can do their job as chemical messengers in the tissue rejuvenation process.
Ensure you only speak to an experienced doctor who understands the physiology behind how PRP works – call us for your appointment today.