In a recent post we covered the basics of platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy and how it can help men and women grow thicker, healthier hair. In summary, PRP hair therapy uses a patient’s own blood – rich with growth factors that trigger cell function – to produce an ultra-rich plasma and platelet serum that is injected under the scalp in areas where hair growth is desired.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is safe because the patient’s own blood products are used so there is no chance of rejection. PRP has long been used by orthopedists to promote growth and healing of tendons.
These platelet-rich injections contain numerous complex growth factors and other bioactive proteins that reactivate and restore thinning hair or hair which has stopped growing. Initially when hair is thinning, it is because growth cycles get shorter and the resting phases get longer. This means that there are fewer hairs growing than what the average growth rate percentage for a normal adult would yield. PRP therapy attempts to restore hair cycles back to their normal growth rate.
Mainstream PRP treatments, however, only stimulate hair follicles and underlying cells to a small degree. As advancements in the field of hair restoration are made, changes and improvements to PRP therapy have also become authoritative.
One highly advanced version of PRP hair therapy includes fat derived stem cells which aggressively stimulates hair growth cycles. Specialist in regenerative medicine, Chris Centeno, M.D., breaks down the significant differences between basic PRP and PRP enhanced with fat derived stem cells:
While PRP may help recruit a few stem cells to the area, stem cell injection therapy is much more advanced. For orthopedics in particular, if PRP is like adding additional fertilizer and water to the plant, stem cells are like placing new seeds in the area and hiring a gardener. Stem cells are capable of not only differentiating into the new tissue that is lost, but also coordinating the repair response (so the seeds and the gardener).
Simple platelet injections may cause light cellular movement and regeneration, but the addition of stem cells has been shown to cause aggressive cellular stimulation and growth. A Yale research study found that “the signals required to turn stem cells into progenitor cells come from fat adjacent to the follicle”. By isolating, processing, and transferring the fat derived stem cells to the scalp, physicians can better activate and power hair growth cycles.
While basic PRP therapy requires patients to return for on-going treatment every few months, PRP therapy enhanced with stem cells is a one-time procedure that provides greater longevity and sustainability with regard to hair growth. Remarkable results have come from PRP injections enhanced with fat derived stem cells, regrowing and healing natural scalp tissue.
At Modena Hair Institute, board-certified physician Dr. Amir Yazdan uses specialized equipment configured by himself to process and isolate stem cells as well as growth factors and healing proteins from PRP to create a unique formulation to help reverse the hair loss process. Watch our walk-through of the PRP + Fat Derived Stem Cell process:
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 fat derived stem cells.
As you continue on your hair transplant journey, know what to look for and what questions to ask. Your hair, your appearance and your confidence deserve to be in the most capable of surgical hands.
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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.