PRP Hair Loss Treatment
PRP Hair Loss Treatment – Newin Institute, the Preferred Choice
PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment has been around in the medical world for more than 25 years. More recently, PRP hair loss treatment is now being performed before, during and after hair transplant surgery.
In recent times it has become a very popular and effective method of treatment for sports injuries, as well as facial skin rejuvenation. PRP is typically performed by extracting as little a minimum of 10-20mls of blood, centrifuging the blood and then extracting the plasma (which carries the platelets) and injecting the PRP into the relevant area.
The problem is that these clinics follow the same generic PRP treatment plan and protocol (as if they are treating sore joints). They end up achieving very limited (or no) results when it comes to combatting hair loss. The patient, due to their own bad experience ends up convinced that PRP does not work for hair.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment – Essential Key Points
When it comes to delivering PRP Hair Loss Treatment, there are 6 Key Points that many people are not aware of:
A Person’s Scalp requires much more blood than a small joint
When having PRP injected into the scalp to combat hair loss, the patient is treating a MUCH LARGER SURFACE AREA than a joint such as their knee or elbow.
For this reason, extracting the minimum 10-20mls of blood is nowhere near enough to treat half a scalp (or full scalp for that matter).
Let’s put it another way. If you normally have 1 teaspoon of sugar in your small coffee to achieve your desired taste, but suddenly decide to have a large mug of coffee which is triple the size, will 1 teaspoon achieve the same desired taste? NO!
If the mug has 3 times the volume of the small coffee you will need 3 teaspoons of sugar to match the same level of sweetness. It is just basics maths and common sense!
At Newin Institute we extract a minimum of 60mls of blood to treat hair loss and sometimes substantially more depending on the size of the balding region. Using these higher blood volumes is perfectly safe and it does not result in more side effects than smaller doses of PRP.
The amount of PRP available to inject is only a fraction of the initial blood sample obtained!
If 15mls of blood is extracted and has been put through all the correct PRP procedural steps, the final processed product that you end up with is only 2.5 – 3mls of true platelet rich plasma to inject!
Now think of a person that wants a large portion of their scalp treated, like 250 cm² of surface area. How much benefit will 2.5mls of PRP that is distributed over such a large surface area offer?
If 2.5ml is shared between 30-50 separate injection sites within the scalp, how much is each injection site receiving?! It is no surprise that the results will usually be very disappointing.
A large percentage of THE PLATELETS in our blood ARE DORMANT!
Platelets are known to carry granules which contain clotting factors and growth factors. But be aware that almost all platelets (which are disc shaped fragments) float around in plasma in a dormant state.
This means that they serve minimal purpose in their unactivated “dormant” state and certainly will not release growth factors unless they are first called upon or “activated”.
This activation signal takes place through trauma or injury (the trigger for the activation signal).
In other words: an open wound or an injured joint, acts as a signal for dormant platelets to activate (and change shape into rounder cells with many legs) which, in turn, releases the granules that contain the growth factors. It is these growth factors that cause cells to multiply and form new tissue, and is the primary basis of what PRP treatment is about.
Injecting PRP (without prior activation) into the scalp for the purpose of treating hair loss produces limited to no results. This is because most of the platelets remain dormant. They don’t have a reason to activate because no trauma or injury exists within that area. This means that very few platelets will begin releasing growth factors to nourish the thinning hair making the PRP treatment for hair loss ineffective.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment – The best treatments involve Photo-Activation
Newin Institute uses a special system which activates the dormant platelets through scientifically proven wavelengths of energized light. This step occurs after the centrifuge process is complete and immediately before administering the PRP injections into the scalp.
This single step not only makes PRP hair loss treatment much more effective by accelerating the regeneration process, it also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. This means that almost all of the minor discomfort that is experienced within PRP hair loss treatment patients during the following days is no longer a problem (especially when treating joints).
One centrifuge is not adequate for all circumstances
Anyone that is familiar with PRP knows that a centrifuge is used to spin the tubes of blood at high speed to separate the components. This is what makes it possible to extract only the plasma that contains the platelets.
What many people are not aware of is that a centrifuge system along with its specialized collection tubes may be perfect for facial rejuvenation PRP. However, this is unlikely to the best use for PRP hair loss treatment.
Different centrifuges work in different ways and different intensities. Some separate blood components better. Some leave a portion of red blood cells within the PRP, while others remove all of them. Certain centrifuges can more efficiently isolate platelet rich plasma from the platelet poor plasma, and some contain variable spinning speed cycles while others have set speed cycles.
So the question of which centrifuge is best comes down to what purpose the patient is having PRP treatment for.
PRP clinics often have a one size fits all mentality. They are usually in a niche field, eg orthopaedics, cosmetic medicine, etc, and try to save on costs by having one system that covers most of the ailments they see. The best machines are often out of their budget and only available to large clinics and hospitals. So they tend to use the same small and basic centrifuge for every single PRP patient. This may be satisfactory for some of their patients, but it will reduce the overall effectiveness of the PRP treatment in others. A Doctor that is specialized in PRP will be able to explain this in further detail.
At Newin Institute we have a close working relationship with Adistem Pty Ltd – a biopharmaceutical company that specialises in PRP and Stem Cell biotherapeutics.
Newin Institute has THREE Medical Grade Centrifuges and uses the one (or a combination) specific to your exact PRP requirement .
Every person responds differently to PRP. We want to know that you are achieving your full personal PRP potential.
Anaesthetic and PRP do not mix!
Research has indicated that anaesthetic can reduce the effectiveness of the injected PRP if applied to the same spot.
Whether the application is a local anaesthetic (injected by a Doctor) or topical (a cream which is absorbed) the effect is the same. The anaesthetic makes its way into the dermis layer of the skin and results in the platelets not delivering their full effect.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment at Newin Institute
At Newin Institute we use a local anaesthetic, but administer it via injection to the scalp in a “ring block” formation. This means around the treatment area, away from where the PRP will be injected. Therefore, absolutely no anaesthetic is injected directly into the scalp regions that will receive the PRP injections.
Doing it this way results in the bare minimum amount of local anaesthetic reaching these areas, which in turn keeps the PRP environment optimised for maximum effect.
So you will never see Newin Institute use topical anaesthetic cream or inject local anaesthetic directly into the recipient sites – especially for a PRP Hair Loss Treatment!
One to Three PRP Hair Loss Treatment sessions per year are sufficient IF PERFORMED PROPERLY…
If PRP treatment is performed properly as per the below points YOU DON’T NEED MORE THAN 1 to 2 TREATMENTS PER YEAR TO TREAT HAIR LOSS!
PRP Hair Loss Treatment has been performed properly if:
- A sufficient amount of blood is extracted (60-120mls) to treat the large surface area
- The most suitable Laboratory grade centrifuge is selected for the specific needs of the patient
- The dormant platelets are “Photo-Activated” prior to injection
- Topical anaesthetic cream or local anaesthetic is NOT applied directly onto the recipient areas
- The PRP Hair Loss Treatment is performed by a Doctor who is specialized in PRP.
If you would like to be assessed for PRP hair loss treatment at Newin Institute in Melbourne or Sydney, please call us on 03 9693 9200.