PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment for Hair Loss

September 2014

Transitions of Indiana (Indianapolis, IN) is now offering a new hair loss treatment – PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). PRP has received worldwide recognition and has been featured by a number of television programs as an innovative non-surgical solution to hair loss. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) by definition is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that can stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue. Researchers have found that PRP can now be used to combat thinning hair.

How Does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Work?

Looking at the human body, there are countless ways that it heals itself at a biochemical level. One of the fundamental levels in which this happens is through the body’s use of platelets. Now, it is important to understand that this is not the only means that our bodies will conduct healing and that there are several different components found all throughout our body. How does this help with understanding how PRP works though? PRP contains two components that are paramount in the healing process, platelets and plasma.

Platelets are responsible for regulating fundamental mechanisms that take role in healing, such as cellular migration and angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels) and this is done so through proteins that are found in platelets called growth factors. These growth factors are required for any stimulation of cell growth. So in understanding that, having a concentrated amount of platelets, such as that found in PRP, in localized areas must be beneficial.

The plasma contains several different components that have proven to be very effective in the healing process. Three important proteins that are found within plasma are albumin, clotting factors and immunoglobulin. Albumin has shown to treat severe burns, liver disease and sepsis as well as helping with maintaining the proper amount of fluids that circulate through the body. Second, the clotting factors, these assist in ensuring that the clotting with platelets happen efficiently. The third protein, immunoglobulin, are actually considered to be antibodies and are part of our immune system. Immunoglobulins are produced by our bodies to fight off a variety of infections.

How is it Done?

Blood is drawn from the patient and then placed into a centrifuge, which causes the blood to separate into three layers. The first layer contains the blood plasma that is enriched with the highest concentration of platelets, the second layer yields the a lower concentration of platelets within the plasma (PPP), and the third yields the red and white blood cells. In the use of PRP, only the first two layers are can be collected. But most commonly the first layer is extracted for the highest concentration of platelets to be present. The plasma and the platelets are extracted from the vial to be used in the procedure through a syringe. At this point the patient is given a local anesthesia on the scalp where thinning is occurring to numb the localized area for the next step, which the PRP is carefully injected into the scalp. At our clinic we care about patient experience and comfort. For that reason we have the state of the art technology and use a chiller device that topically numbs the area of treatment without any mess or hassle after the treatment. Here at Transitions Indiana, we perform this hair restoration procedure with a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and ACell. More importantly, there are studies which support that this combination has shown to have a reverse effect on the miniaturized hair follicle and believed to restore a stable environment for the follicular unit.

Is PRP Right for Me?

This procedure is perfect for both men and women that are experiencing thinning of their hair. The best candidates are those that are experiencing slight patchiness or thinning. Those that are completely bald or even extreme thinning, would not be a candidate for this procedure.

As another option, PRP is also a great method for transplant patients to use for faster and more effective healing of suture line from the graft site and also PRP injections in the implantation site as well to help with reduced swelling and healing.

Find out if you are a candidate for PRP Treatments for Thinning Hair

Transitions of Indiana offers free and private consultations. During your consultation, you will learn more about PRP and all other proven hair restoration solutions available. Please fill out the form below or call 317-871-7330 for a free consultation.