Dr. Renee Patel MD is proud to introduce Platelet Rich Plasma for hair growth in her practice now.
PRP is made from the patient’s own blood out of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors. Growth factors play an important part in hair growth and Hair follicle stimulation which are dormant or lazy as we get older over 50. The good news for anyone with thin hair or thinning hair is that growth factors can help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth. We all experience this due to aging, changes in diet or environmental effects. It’s a fact of life shared by many.
The procedure of obtaining PRP from your own blood is safe and natural. Blood is drawn in a tube with anticoagulant and spun in a centrifuge for 5 minutes. After that it is carefully separated from the packed red cells in a syringe or syringes to be used on the patient. This is rich in platelets and together with the plasma is injected into the scalp or bald spots for hair growth. The process is meticulous with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair but typically, the entire procedure takes less than half hour.
Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head. In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.
It is best to take 4 treatments from 4- 12 months time and supplement this treatment with Propecia or Minoxidil. Results can be seen between 4-12 months time. The first result that patients usually note is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair. Also results may differ from person to person. For best results, treatment protocols and consistency is the key.