WHY PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) IS TODAY’S HOT CHOICE FOR SKIN AND HAIR REJUVENATION?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers the opportunity for skin and hair rejuvenation. It helps in loose skin, fine lines, wrinkles and controlling hair loss and hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery or those patients wanting a more aggressive Non-Surgical approach to treatment.
WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated from your own blood which contains healing factors, such as white blood cells and bioactive proteins, called growth factors and stem cell markers. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair.
Platelets, once thought of being responsible for only clotting, have been scientifically proven to be a reservoir of these vital healing components. With advanced techniques we are able to concentrate these regenerative healing cells in a simple outpatient setting.
The idea is that injecting platelet rich plasma into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. The super concentrated platelets help accelerate healing of injured tissues. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, researchers think the body’s tissues may heal faster.
BENEFITS OF PRP FOR SKIN REJUVENATION
The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for the following:
- Stimulate tissue regeneration
- Increase collagen production.
- Tightening and toning skin.
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Restore a healthy glow to skin.
- Can be used for hair restoration.
Who is the ideal candidate for platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss?
At NewAge Aesthetics clinic, we focus on two types of hair loss patients when it comes to Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, patients with areas of poor quality hair growth on the scalp, where functioning hair follicles can still be observed, and patients with small areas of alopecia areata. In our experience, these are the patients who appear to have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. According to research from 2014, Platelet Rich Plasma injections are effective in treating androgenic alopecia, which is also known as male and female pattern baldness.
Patients suffering from hair loss often exhibit a characteristic shrinking of the hair follicles. Over time, as the follicles shrink, they produce hair that is thinner and thinner, until they reach a point where they stop producing hair at all. Injecting Platelet Rich Plasma into the scalp can cause the shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing thicker and fuller hair growth. Moreover, we have found that platelet rich plasma accelerates the transition of the hair follicle from the dormant telogen that is resting phase back to the actively growing anagen that is growing phase.
Results will vary from patient to patients, and Platelet Rich Plasma as a non-surgical option has not been offers patients with miniaturization and hair thinning improvement in hair caliber and thickness.
OBTAINING PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
A small amount of peripheral blood is taken from the patient and placed into a FDA medically approved container. This sterile disposable container is placed in a specialized centrifuge, for spinning, to separate the whole blood sample into ‘layers’ of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and red blood cells. The PRP layer is aspirated from the red blood cells and is injected or applied, under sterile conditions, into the localized area of abnormality.
LITTLE TO NO RISK FACTORS
Platelet Rich Palsma is from your own blood, autologous, so there is little to no risk when conducted by a trained professional. Since the cells are autologous there is no risk for an allergic or immune reaction. Side effects or complications with PRP are extremely rare. Consult your physician for more information.
The total process can last up to 30 minutes. However, the majority of time will be used for processing by a trained medical specialist.
THE HEALING PROCESS
Platelet Rich Plasma signals for Stem cells and regenerative cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased strength, and improves overall function. The process, called the healing cascade, can be active and take place over a 4-6 week period.
LONG TERM OUTCOME
Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over the course of healing time. This procedure may eliminate the need for further invasive treatments, such as surgery or prolonged use of medications. While other treatments such as corticosteroid injections may provide temporary relief and stop inflammation, PRP injections stimulate healing of the injury over a shorter time period with less side effects. Patients usually report a gradual improvement in symptoms and return of function. Many patients require two to three treatments to obtain optimal results and may even experience a dramatic return of function and relief within 2-3 months.
RECOVERY AFTER PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY
The anesthetic used to numb the skin generally wears off in 1-2 hours. Mild pain and swelling may occur at the injection site. However, the majority of patients are able to return to usual activities with NO down time.
You must be particularly careful not to traumatize the area during this post-treatment time frame. Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Patients can apply ice and elevation as needed. Use the area as tolerated since restricting movement for an extended time can cause stiffening. Movement and massages promote circulation in the area and also assist with healing.
After a week the patient will likely begin a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. Pain medication will be prescribed if needed.
ADVANTAGES OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY
Advantages of PRP Therapy against hair loss are:
Simple, non surgical procedure.
Multiple Injections: procedure lasting approximately 60 minutes.
Safe and reliable results.
Very quick recovery period.
Beautiful and above all extremely natural looking end results.
Platelet rich plasma therapy for hair loss is a new method that addresses hair loss through a completely different process than drugs and surgery. For this reason, it is believed that when used in conjunction with either a a well planned diet that would boost natural hair growth, mesotherapy, low level laser treatment, or hair transplant, a Platelet Rich Plasma hair treatment can significantly boost chances of successful hair restoration.
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