At CHARM Medi-spa, we offer the most promising non-surgical treatments for hair restoration.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy is the most effective alternative to surgery for men and women who require stimulation for hair growth for hair loss conditions such as female/male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.
What is PRP & How Does It Work?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue, as well as hair growth. Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing.
PRP was developed in the 1970′s and first used in Italy in 1987 in an open heart surgery procedure. Published medical literature from around the world confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy in medicine. For the past two decades PRP has been widely used in skin and wound healing, and is now being extensively used in cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports medicine, and pain management.
In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment to promote hair growth, although no claim can be made of its efficacy. Studies have shown that growth factors released from platelets may act on stem cells in the bulge area of the follicles, stimulating the development of new follicles and promoting neo-vascularization. ( Journal of Aesthetic Cutaneous Surgery, 2014).
Since PRP is in the early stages of scientific research for hair loss therapy, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil. That said, PRP is a promising non-surgical option for men and women experiencing hair loss.
How is PRP Hair Loss Therapy Performed?
If a consultation determines that you are a good candidate for PRP hair restoration therapy, you will be escorted to one of our private rooms. One of our qualified nurses or doctor will draw your blood just as though you were having routine blood testing at your primary care physician’s office.
The drawn blood is then spun in a sterile centrifuge system, which separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The system eliminates granulocytes which can harm tissue regeneration. A topical anesthesia is applied to the scalp to reduce any discomfort during the PRP treatment. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma is then injected into the scalp. Your hair will then be washed and you may return to your daily routine. You are able to drive after the procedure.We recommend a total of 3 treatments scheduled 6 weeks apart. This will vary depending on the severity of hair loss and desired result. Treatment plan will be discussed at your initial consultation.
Does PRP Therepy Work?
Individual results will vary and no guarantees of success can be made.
Initial PRP studies indicate patients can respond positively to the treatment for hair restoration. Medical practitioners view PRP as an emerging non-surgical therapy for natural hair follicle stimulation for hair loss. Additional clinical studies are expected to provide more in-depth information on the successful use of PRP hair therapy, however smaller completed studies do show positive results. “A study in the Key Journal of Dermatolgic surgery showed 62 out of 64 had positive results” (quote taken from Dr. Jeffrey Rapport on the Doctors TV Show).