PRP: Hair Restoration

 

PRP Hair Restoration increases availability of cell nutrients and stimulates blood flow. In conjunction with a concentrated PRP solution, the treatment releases growth factors that improves follicle vascularization. PRP Hair restoration treatment entails introducing platelets into the treatment area (injection or topicals application and medical needling using a 1mm depth) to stimulate a supra-physiologic release of growth factors in an attempt to jump start healing.

 
 

PRP Hair Restoration Details

The hair growth has several growth phases. These include the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. There are approximately 100,000 terminal follicles on the scalp that are predestined to grow long and thick. Other follicles on the body are short, fine, or minimally pigmented. The length of the hair highly depends on the duration of the anagen phase. 

About 50-100 hairs in telogen are shed from the head every day and about the same number of hairs enter the anagen phase. This creates a balance in hair lost and hair gained. Androgens are responsible for regulating hair growth. Therefore there are two types of hair loss that are considered treatable. 

Androgenetic Alopecia

This is a hereditary form of hair loss and hair thinning. The process of hair thinning includes testosterone being converted by 5a-reductase to dihydro-testosterone. This latter form of testosterone binds to the androgen receptors and transforms the thick hair to miniaturized hair follicles. This cause the hair to progressively get thinner with each growth cycle. 

Alopecia Areata

This form of hair loss presents itself as small round patches that may resolve and others that may be permanents. This type of hair loss typically occurs due to an autoimmune response. This response may be caused by thyroid disease, vitiligo, and atopy. Hair loss that falls into this category is mediated by T-cells which recognize a follicular autoantigen, and responds to immunosuppressive doses of systemic steroids. 

What causes hair loss

  • Genetics
  • Deficiency in iron
  • Infections 
  • Bacterial
  • Fungus
  • Parasites
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chemotherapy
  • Psoriasis
  • Scleroderma
  • Discoid lupus