Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is the concentration of platelets and growth factors found in the blood. PRP involves a process where a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which separates the red cells from the clear platelet-rich plasma. The clear PRP solution can be injected or rubbed into the patient’s skin. Since the PRP solution is isolated from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.
What are the Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment?
The aesthetic capabilities of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) are wide ranging. This exciting new procedure promotes hair growth, wound healing, and collagen production. It has been shown to promote new hair growth, thicken thinning hair and increase the overall health of the scalp and hair. PRP delivery to the thinning hair on the scalp is performed via injections or microneedle-assisted topical application.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is also capable of enhancing the results from laser and microneedling treatments. By adding PRP to a microneedling or laser skin resurfacing procedure, wound healing is accelerated and increased collagen production is observed. As a result, wrinkles and scars are minimized.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Our blood is composed of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, all of which are transported throughout the body via the blood’s liquid component (plasma). When we sustain an injury, our body’s first response is to deliver platelet cells to the injury site, because platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which are healing components that support the body’s reparative and healing processes.
Key growth factors integral to the body’s healing and reparative processes include the following:
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF):
promotes collagen and blood vessel formation, stimulates cell growth and differentiation
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF):
promotes formation of healthy blood vessels
Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2):
promotes specialized cell growth and blood vessel formation
Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF):
stimulates cell growth/regeneration and helps to keep all cells functioning at an optimal level
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF):
stimulates cell regeneration, skin cell formation, and blood vessel growth
Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b):
promotes structural integrity of the intra-cell matrix and healthy bone metabolism
PRP For Hairloss
Although this is a relatively new technology, early studies have demonstrated that by harnessing the power of the aforementioned growth factors and channeling their innate wound healing properties, PRP therapy can restore and rejuvenate skin cells and hair follicles
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