There are many non-surgical treatment options for those who are not looking for serious hair restoration work. Individuals experiencing mild hair loss or shedding often know about minoxidil (popular trade names include Rogaine), scalp micropigmentation (hair tattooing), or hair thickening shampoo and conditioners like groMD.
Less widely known is platelet-rich-plasma therapy, a procedure that employs your own blood to stimulate dormant or transplanted hair follicles.
You may be asking: ‘How can your own blood grow your hair’?
Simple. Blood is primarily made up of two things: red blood cells and plasma (which contain white blood cells and platelets). The platelets in your body – micro blood cells that stop your body from bleeding – contain essential growth factors which can trigger skin cells to function.
But drawn blood itself is not sufficient to act effectively on one’s hair follicles, it must be mechanically spun in a centrifuge so that the red blood cells and plasma are properly partitioned. This spinning and partition process effectively produces a plasma that “contains three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood and transforming growth factors”.
Dr. Amir Yazdan recommends PRP therapy on “The Doctors” TV Show:
Once this platelet-rich plasma is harvested, it is slowly and methodically injected into the scalp at the level of the hair follicle. The physician injects the plasma-rich shots at every half or quarter inch around the area of thinning or balding hair. These plasma injections “contain platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF) and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing.”
All PRP procedures, however, are not created equal, as the effectiveness of PRP treatments depend heavily on the physician’s expertise and method.
Modena Hair Institute in Orange County, for example, offers a highly advanced version of PRP therapy that is enhanced with a one-of-a-kind propriety protein called Acell. Acell “is a non-crosslinked, completely absorbable, acellular Extracellular Matrix (ECM) tissue proven to have regenerative properties.” The dual stimulating and regenerative effects of A Cell and PRP work to restore communication lines and reverse DHT’s thinning effects.
There are many hair restoration clinics that offer PRP therapy – which requires repeated sessions every two to three months to sustain – but few who offer the more advanced and significantly longer-lasting solution of PRP + Acell. PRP therapy alone does not stop the thinning process, but the combination of Acell and PRP therapy builds your native hair follicles with the aid of the matrix structure.
PRP + Acell therapy is an outpatient procedure performed in a hair restoration clinic, and the entire process takes only about an hour to perform. Happily, there is little if any medical risk and post-op maintenance involved, and the procedure is painless from start to finish.
Medically and scientifically backed, PRP + Acell has been known to stimulate cell regrowth, slow hair shedding, and aid during the hair restoration process. Acell enhanced PRP injections help patients with thinning hair by increasing their hair count, thickness, and growth speed.
Results from the plasma treatment can be seen within two to three months of the operation.
Always remember, however, all hair restoration practitioners are not equal. Research and compare physicians who are experienced in both male and female pattern baldness and in the application of PRP with Acell.
A Virtual Walk-Through of PRP Therapy
For all matters hair or hair loss contact Modena Hair at 888-717-5273 or visit Modenahair.com.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.