Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Hair Transplant and Restoration Center

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is one of the newer treatments for hair loss, and it is key to Dr. Gray’s work. PRP is available as a standalone treatment at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center, but it’s also an integral part of our FUE and FUT surgical hair transplantation procedures. Using state-of-the-art centrifuges, Dr. Gray creates a 5x concentration that promotes healing, protects fragile FUE grafts, and spurs hair growth. And PRP doesn’t have to be used alone. Dr. Gray can combine PRP with the ACell extracellular matrix, a wound-healing material that attracts increased blood supply and adult stem cells. At HT&RC, you’ll receive PRP from an innovative doctor who has the medical expertise and concern for your outcome required to maximize results.

PRP at HT&RC

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is one of the newer treatments for hair loss, and it is key to Dr. Gray’s work. PRP is available as a standalone treatment at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center, but it’s also an integral part of our FUE and FUT surgical hair transplantation procedures. Using state-of-the-art centrifuges, Dr. Gray creates a 5x concentration that promotes healing, protects fragile FUE grafts, and spurs hair growth. And PRP doesn’t have to be used alone. Dr. Gray can combine PRP with the ACell extracellular matrix, a wound-healing material that attracts increased blood supply and adult stem cells. At HT&RC, you’ll receive PRP from an innovative doctor who has the medical expertise and concern for your outcome required to maximize results.

Our PRP Protocol - Strategically Timed Treatments

If you’ve been researching PRP, you’ve likely noticed that the timing of treatments varies widely. That’s because there is no universally accepted standard for the timing of PRP treatments among hair restoration surgeons. Dr. Gray’s approach to PRP is focused on making sure that hair follicles capture the benefits of treatment while they are most receptive. Hair goes through different stages, and during the anagen (or growing) phase, follicles are more responsive to PRP. Delivering three PRP treatments two to three months apart ensures that the greatest possible number of follicles receives treatment from Dr. Gray during the anagen stage.

Following the Growth Cycle

hair growth cycleAs you know, each strand of hair goes through several stages of growth in its lifecycle. At any one time, the majority of the hairs on your scalp are in the anagen active growth stage – and that’s the stage in which PRP delivers its greatest benefit. Any hairs that happen to be in the 2-to-3-month telogen phase aren’t actively growing, so they miss out on the impact of treatment. Dr. Gray has strategically synced PRP treatments to the hair growth cycle. Any hairs in the telogen phase during the first treatment will have time to shed and be replaced by hair follicles in the active growth stage by the next treatment. Delivering three PRP treatments two to three months apart ensures that each and every viable hair on your head receives treatment from Dr. Gray during theanagen stage -- when it’s most receptive to PRP.

Timing is everything!

You know that genetic hair loss gets worse over time, but here’s something you may not be considering. At the onset of hair loss, the ratio of actively growing anagen hairs to dormant telogen hairs is about seven to one. Someone who is just beginning to experience miniaturization has seven times more hair in the anagen phase than the telogen phase at any one time. As genetic hair loss advances, several things happen. The life cycle of the hair follicle becomes shorter. The hair follicles become more miniaturized and the ratios of follicles in the anagen phase compared to telogen phase decreases from 7:1 down to less than 4:1. All of these result in varying amounts of permanent hair loss over time. PRP needs existing hair follicles that have not yet overly miniaturized for it to be effective. This is why it’s so important for men to have PRP treatment sooner than later. The further into hair loss you are, the fewer hairs will be impacted by each PRP treatment, and the more critical timing becomes.

How PRP Works

The breakdown of blood

Platelet-Rich Plasma is a natural healing treatment that puts your body’s existing components to work in fighting hair loss. Blood has several components — a liquid substance called plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. These naturally occurring platelets have very beneficial effects, and much medical research has been done to try and take advantage of those properties. Platelets allow the blood to clot, and they also contain proteins, called growth factors, that assist the body in healing soft tissue and bone. In the field of hair transplant and restoration, some of these growth factors are known to stimulate hair growth, and the results of recent studies look very promising.

The power of PRP to fight hair loss

PRP combats hair loss by stimulating your scalp and hair simultaneously, improving both. For men with androgenetic alopecia, PRP aggressively fights miniaturization by strengthening the hair and causing active cellular growth. It has also shown great promise in rejuvenating vellus hair to produce a thicker coverage of the scalp. Treatment with Platelet-Rich Plasma is an exciting option, especially for men who are not transplant candidates.

Benefits of injecting platelet-rich plasma:

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma promotes wound healing by speeding up the already-short recovery process after a hair transplant surgery.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma aids in new hair growth after hair transplant surgery.
  • There is evidence that PRP causes hair to grow back thicker than before, even without a transplant.

PRP to Improve Surgical Hair Restoration

Dr. Gray now includes PRP and ACell treatment as a component of every hair restoration surgery at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center. It’s simply the best way to maximize results. In hair transplant surgery, PRP works in at least two ways — healing the skin and growing the hair. In the FUE transplant method, harvested follicles are very fragile before transplantation. PRP protects the follicles throughout the procedure to minimize the potential for unsuccessful grafts. When you consider the cost of your hair transplant, it’s vital to consider that PRP and ACell are included at no extra cost.

What to expect during PRP treatment

Through a quick and painless process, the doctor creates a sample of plasma that is highly concentrated with platelets. Dr. Gray will draw a sample of blood. He will then spin the blood sample in the centrifuge to isolate the compounds that promote growth. The PRP can be combined with ACell and activated just before injection into the scalp. You will be awake throughout the treatment, but the doctor will numb your scalp so that you don’t feel any pain. He then uses a tiny needle to inject the platelets and plasma into areas of the scalp where hair growth is needed. There’s no downtime, and the PRP helps the injection sites to heal very quickly. Dr. Gray will use photographs to document the change in your hair and scalp as your hair grows.

Things to be aware of:

  • We recommend shampooing and cleansing your scalp at least 24 hours before treatment.
  • We request that sewn-in or glued-on hairpieces be removed before arrival. If this is a problem for you, these can be removed privately in our office and put back on before you leave, immediately following treatment.
  • There is usually no downtime directly after therapy, and the PRP helps the injection sites heal very quickly. Your scalp might feel numb for a few hours, but you can promptly continue with your usual hair care routine.
  • Because of the small needle used, there are generally no visible signs of treatment on the scalp.
  • Dr. Gray will use photographs to document the change in your hair and scalp as your hair grows.

Are you ready to take action? The first step toward resolution is to find out whether you’re a good candidate for PRP. As with any of our medical treatments, PRP works best for men who do not yet have severe hair loss. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gray to find out whether PRP or another medical hair loss solution can resolve your hair loss problem.

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