PRP Therapy works on the basis of restoring growth factors within the blood. Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products. These elements are essential to regenerate scalp tissue. Once the scalp tissue is regenerated, the hair follicles are able to produce the necessary hair growth. In terms of the safety of this product, PRP has been the topic of medical literature form both the United States and Europe. Not only is the product heralded as a revolutionary way to stimulate and restore hair growth, but it is also one safest cosmetic hair growth options on the market today. While there is a prevalent opinion of PRP and its benefits within medical literature, you should also keep in mind that publications within literature do not mean that the product has gained FDA approval. Currently, PRP is in its early stages of scientific research and subsequent FDA approval. It is not meant to replace the current FDA approved options such as DHT blockers (example: Propecia) and Minoxidil. Regardless, it is still a very promising and realistic option for those that are grappling with hair loss.
Disclaimer: Your Results May Vary
PRP Hair Restoration Procedure Explained:
The procedure is extremely convenient and non-medically invasive. To begin with, upon visiting the office, a medical professional will draw blood. Afterwards, the medical staff will spin the blood through a centrifuge and the PRP is separated from the rest of the blood. In order to spin and remove the PRP molecules from the blood, a highly advanced gel technology. Once the centrifugation process is complete, the vital growth proteins from your blood are separated. The second step requires that you be under topical anesthesia. Next, Dr. Sani will inject your scalp with the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP stimulates the follicles so that your hair can regrow. For the most advanced results, some patients choose to have PRP therapy performed monthly for four months. This ensures that the hair follicles remain stimulated and that the hair growth is progressing as it should be. Dr. Sani calls this his Rapid PRP Technique.
The Science Behind PRP
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, essentially contains platelets that are key to stimulating hair follicles to generate hair growth. They mainly target the Dermal Papilla, which is a component of the hair follicle. The platelets, when used to regenerate hair growth within follicles, promote healing and the formation of new cell growth. In addition, the platelets also accelerate the rate and degree of regeneration so that you can expect to see results in a timely manner. PRP is an ideal component of hair restoration because it is highly effective in stimulating inactive hair follicles, causing them to revert to the growth phase.
Below are a list of the specific cells within PRP that cause hair growth:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b) — promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — promotes blood vessel formation
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
- Insulin Like Growth Factor (IGF) — a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body
The Effectiveness Of PRP
Out of all of the products that you can find on the market today regarding hair growth, PRP is probably the most effective. Of course, it is also important to understand that results are going to vary and there is never any guarantee of success. Overall though, PRP is an effective non-surgical procedure that works well to stimulate the follicle in order to induce hair growth. It reverses hair thinning and it causes the growth of new hair.
Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
The best candidates for PRP treatment are those that do not have a history of Alopecia areata or scarring Alopecia.
Making a Decision About PRP
PRP Therapy is a great option for many men and women that are looking to restore their confidence and to regain a lush head of hair. Before getting PRP Therapy done, it is important to conduct careful research and to also consult with Dr. Sani regarding your choice. Overall, this procedure is a safe and natural option for many individuals. In addition, you also want to keep in mind that PRP is still being analyzed as a means to restore hair growth and to reverse thinning in men and women. Therefore, there can be no claim that PRP therapy 100% promotes hair growth. In addition, FDA has not approved the treatment. If you prefer not to have surgery or are not a candidate for surgery, then PRP therapy is an excellent option.