PRP stands for "Platelet Rich Plasma". Human blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are small, disk-shaped cell fragments in the plasma portion of the blood that work to facilitate clotting and tissue regeneration. They are known to secrete fundamental growth factors that initiate cell regrowth.
A sample of the patient's blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cell portion from the platelets and plasma components. The separated "solid" portion of the blood, or platelet rich plasma, contains approximately five to seven times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood along with concentrated bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing.
Androgenetic alopecia, or pattern hair loss, causes the hair follicles to gradually shrink, so that they produce thinner and thinner hairs until, eventually, they stop producing hair altogether. Injecting platelet rich plasma into the dermis of the scalp can stimulate these shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, reversing the thinning process and facilitating fuller, thicker hair growth.
Because Platelet Rich Plasma works with the body's natural healing process, it is particularly effective when used in conjunction with surgical hair transplant procedures to encourage newly grafted follicular units to take root and begin to grow. In addition to treating pattern hair loss, PRP has also been successful in treating traction alopecia, a condition that results when tight hair styles such as braiding, ponytails, and sew-in hair pieces produce constant tension that damages the hair follicles.
Platelet rich plasma treatments can generally be performed at our office in less than an hour and do not require hospitalization. For most patients, we recommend a set of three initial treatments six weeks apart followed by a repeat treatment one year after the first in order to achieve the best results.
Treatments are performed by either Erica Parrish ARNP, or Trudie Derenne RN.
Yes, you will need to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the treatment and to get a quote on your treatment. Pricing starts at $500 per area.