Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. It 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. No claim can be made of its efficacy. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil. But it is a promising non-surgical therapeutic option for those patients with hair loss.
Blood is drawn in our office as though you are having routine blood testing at your primary care physician’s office. 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.
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment 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 or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
Individual results vary with each patient. No guarantees of success can be made, but PRP preliminary studies indicate patients can respond to PRP therapy. Some hair restoration surgeons apply PRP to the scalp for those patients who are not surgical candidates every three (3) to four (4) months. Other protocols will use PRP before or during surgery to insure graft survivability.
In summary, PRP therapy offers the opportunity for hair growth for those patients who are not candidates for surgery or those patients wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment. For our surgical patients, PRP therapy is performed on the same day as the hair restoration surgery.
Whether you are looking for additional hair stimulation, or are looking to have hair surgery with the addition of PRP, PSI Medical is able to meet your needs. Results will vary from patient to patient, and PRP as a non-surgical option has not been offered to patients with miniaturization and hair thinning improvement in hair caliber and thickness.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is also commonly known as a ‘Vampire® Facelift. It is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure whereby platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), which is derived from the patient’s own blood, is injected back into the face in an effort to reduce wrinkles and improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
A Vampire Facelift harnesses the body’s own healing powers to slow, and sometimes even to reverse the ageing process, by injecting growth factors into precise areas of the skin that are in need of repair and rejuvenation. The therapy has been found to fill out fine lines and wrinkles, plumping skin and giving a generally more youthful appearance.
Each PRP treatment takes on average around 30 minutes to one hour. The physician starts by marking the areas on your face that are in need of improvement and then extracting about two teaspoons of blood from your arm. This blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood at high speeds in order to separate the lighter plasma. This plasma is platelet rich and is activated with calcium chloride which then releases growth factors. When injected back into the body this substance will stimulate collagen production and the release of the skin’s stem cells. In effect, the skin is tricked into believing that it has incurred an injury and it starts to heal itself by creating new cells, blood vessels and collagen.
It usually takes a few weeks or even months until an improvement to the skin’s texture and general appearance is noticed. Three treatments are often advised in order to achieve the best results, usually spaced one month apart.
The Vampire Facelift is suitable for most people as the therapy is autologous (the donor and recipient are the same person). However, this procedure is not advisable for people with blood-related conditions, anaemia, or blood or bone cancers.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is also commonly known as a ‘Vampire Facelift.’ It is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure whereby platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), which is derived from the patient’s own blood, is injected back into the face in an effort to reduce wrinkles and improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
At PSI Medical, we have been performing PRP therapy as 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 provide 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 autologous medical procedure performed in physicians’ offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.