Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Hair Restoration at The Brandow Clinic
Dr. Brandow has been performing PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and PRFM (Platelet Rich Fibron Matrix) therapy as a proactive, non-surgical and therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss.
Recent scientific research and technology provides the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, Dr. Brandow has recognized PRP and PRFM are all-natural autologous medical procedures performed for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
The science of PRP
PRP contains special cells called Platelets, that can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.
Inside the Platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
How do you perform the procedure?
Blood is drawn in our office as though you are having routine blood testing at your primary care physician’s office. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood.
The PRP is taken from your body and is specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. At the base of the centrifuged PRP is a thin layer called the fibron matrix which will activate the platelets in the PRP to become more potent, and their effects will stimulate hair growth.
An anesthesia cream is given to the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain or experience discomfort. The highly concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. This entire procedure can be completed in our office without the use of local anesthesia.
After the treatment we recommend that you do not wash your hair until the following morning so that the PRP and PRFM can stimulate the scalp.
Does PRP work?
Individual results vary with each patient. No guarantees of success can be made but PRP preliminary studies indicate patients can respond to PRP therapy with the use of multiple sessions, generally three sessions each 4- 6 weeks apart are necessary. We ask that you wait 6 weeks to observe the results and see how your hair follicles respond to the PRP and PRFM.