PRP Hairloss Treatment
PRP INJECTION THERAPY FOR HAIR LOSS
PRP injections are a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
Recent scientific research and technology provides the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, we recognize PRP is an all-natural medical procedure performed in our offices, by Dr. Elyse S. Rafal, for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Human blood contains stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP has been used a medial adjunct therapy for over two decades for skin and wound healing. PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY OFFICE VISITS ?
The first office visit will be a complimentary consultation, with Dr. Elyse S. Rafal and her cosmetic nurse, to evaluate the patients condition, medical history and discuss treatment options. During this consult, Dr. Rafal will evaluate how many treatments will be needed to stimulate hair regeneration. On average most patients need 3 treatments , spaced one month apart for full results. Many patients still may require further treatments and even some follow up treatments, in the future to maintain the results. Once the treatment plan is personally designed for the patient, Dr. Elyse S. Rafal’s cosmetic nurse will schedule your injection therapy dates. On some occasions the PRP Injection Therapy appointment can be done on the same day.
The second visit, will be for your PRP Injection Therapy. Upon arrival to our office, you will be greeted by our front desk staff and escorted to our procedure room by our cosmetic nurse. Once in the procedure room, our nurse will personally go over each consent forms and inform you on home care, follow up and answer any further questions you may have. Once all forms are signed, the nurse will take your before and after pictures, exclusively for your medical records. The nurse will than apply a topical lidocaine to your scalp for about 15-20 mins prior to injections. Then our cosmetic nurse will draw your blood, and prepare your plasma for the injection therapy. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.The PRP is taken from your body and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration.Dr. Elyse S. Rafal, will review your custom designed treatment plan and inject your plasma rich protein into the scalp. The injections on average lasts about 2-3 min. Post injection therapy, the cosmetic nurse will gently massage the scalp for 10 min to relax and release the tension. The patient may drive home without any assistance, Follow up for all appointments in 28 days.
THE SCIENCE OF PRP INJECTION THERAPY
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that can cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.
PRP specific cells that causes hair growth include:
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; and,
Insulin Like Growth Factor - (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body