Plasma is your body’s diamond and jewel (and junk) transportation system. You can think of plasma as the river, and your cells, nutrients, messengers – and platelets – as the precious cargo that gets carried around in the flow, dropped off where it needs to go. Platelets are disc-like cells (like a tiny plate) floating around in your bloodstream waiting for something ‘bad’ to happen so they can activate, and start the repair process. Your platelets are your body’s little paramedics, the local emergency response team
WHAT IS PRP TREATMENT ?
PRP therapy is a relatively new approach to tissue regeneration which is becoming a valuable adjunct to promote healing during many procedures in various medical and surgical fields.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is autologous concentration of platelets contained in small volume of plasma which accelerates the rejuvenation of skin and hair follicles (HFs) due to presence of various growth factors and cellular adhesion molecules.
HOW DOES PRP STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH ?
Activated platelets are understood to release numerous growth factors and cytokines from their alpha granules as part of the wound healing process.
Growth factors including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are released by activated platelets in PRP and promote cell proliferation, differentiation, angiogenesis, and chemotaxis that is necessary for new hair regrowth.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED ?
All PRP preparation protocols follow a generic method. Blood is collected with an anticoagulant such as sodium citrate to prevent spontaneous blood clotting and consequent platelet activation. PRP is prepared by a process known as differential centrifugation. The centrifugation separates the PRP, the volume of plasma fraction of autologous blood with a platelet concentration (usually more than 1,000,000 platelets/µL) . PRP is then injected sub- or intradermally into the affected scalp regions.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS ?
The results of clinical studies showed a significant increase in the mean hair count for the treatment area after 3 months (3 months vs. 0 month), with a mean increase of 33.6 hairs in the target area compared with baseline, while the control area showed a mean decrease of 3.2 hairs (control vs. treatment: p < .0001). Check our before-after gallery.