Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP is concentrated with platelets from your own blood. Platelets are a naturally occurring cell in your blood that plays an essential role in clotting. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. PRP has been used in orthopedics for decades and more recently has been used for aesthetic purposes in the scalp. PRP has been shown, in unscientific observations, to have overall rejuvenating effects on the scalp as in strengthening existing hair follicles. Results are generally visible at three weeks and continue to improve gradually over the next three to six months. Once results are achieved yearly maintenance treatments may be required to maintain satisfaction.
What to expect from PRP
Blood is drawn from your arm by trained professionals. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. This platelet rich plasma is then activated and injected into the scalp with the intention of causing regeneration. PRP causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the clot they release enzymes that promote healing and tissue response. This response includes attracting stem cells to repair the damaged area. In turn this strengthens existing hair follicles. The full procedure takes approximately one hour.