PRP & PRF for Hair Loss San Jose

Hair Loss Got You Down? Platelet-Rich Plasma May Regrow It

The Newest Development in Hair Transplant & Effective Development in the Treatment of Hair Loss
As leaders in the field of hair transplant, we are proud to be among the very first doctors in the specialty to provide patients the latest development, platelet rich plasma (PRP).

Are you looking for a hair loss solution? A therapy that promotes healing in injured joints may help restore your lost hair.

About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. It can begin early in life, but is much more common after the age of 50, when more than 50 percent of men will experience some kind of hair loss.

However, an emerging treatment — platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — appears to help regrow lost hair. And, there are virtually no side effects from PRP, except for a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is PRP?

A. Platelet rich plasma is concentrated blood plasma which contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition, blood plasma contains the growth factors PDGF and VEGF and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing.

Human blood is comprised primarily of red blood cells (RBC), as well as white blood cells (WBC), platelets, and plasma. By initiating the first step of coagulation, platelets are the key to the body’s ability to heal wounds.

It is thought that by increasing the platelet count in a wounded area, the body’s healing to that area would be accelerated – explaining the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) in wound healing.

Q. Is everyone a right candidate for this procedure?

A. PRP Hair Treatment is a safe choice for many patients with hair loss. However, patients with active infection on the scalp, history of shingles on the scalp, diabetes, coagulation disease, or on blood thinning and/or immunosuppressive medications are not right candidates. If the hair follicles are entirely lost, the treatment will not work. Patients who have lost their hair follicles require hair transplant.

Q. How many treatments do I need?

A. Initially, three treatments spaced out by 1 -2 months are recommended for rapid regrowth. For some patients, maintenance treatment may become necessary every 6 months or a year

Q. How does PRP therapy compare with other options?

A. Other treatments for hair loss currently on the market are often more problematic for many patients, Dr. Jane says.

There are two FDA-approved medications for treating hair loss: finasteride and minoxidil. But you must take these drugs consistently over time and results are inconsistent, she says.

Each drug also sometimes has side effects:

  • Minoxidil may cause dryness and itching on the scalp.
  • Finasteride may cause sexual dysfunction in men.

Hair transplantation is another option, but it requires cuts in the scalp and recovery time is longer, she says.

Because it is a surgical procedure, doctors typically recommend hair transplantation only for those who have dramatic hair loss. A transplant is also more costly and leaves scars. Doctors can perform PRP therapy prior to transplantation, which can provide better results with more dense hair growth

Q. What makes you a good candidate for PRP therapy?

A. Part of the success of PRP comes from selecting the right patients for therapy, Dr. Jane says. PRP is safe and effective for many people. However, you should not have PRP therapy if you fall into either of these groups:

  • If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you aren’t likely to have good results because these conditions will continue to cause hair loss over time.
  • If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure is not as effective. PRP therapy works better if your hair loss is recent. It is more challenging to “wake up” hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time

Hair transplantation is another option, but it requires cuts in the scalp and recovery time is longer, she says.

Because it is a surgical procedure, doctors typically recommend hair transplantation only for those who have dramatic hair loss. A transplant is also more costly and leaves scars. Doctors can perform PRP therapy prior to transplantation, which can provide better results with more dense hair growth

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Mechanism

This form of cell therapy may, once the technique is developed, to become the standard of care, assuming it proves to be as effective as heralded. Over the last several years, cell therapy has been used as a treatment in fields such as cardiology, plastic surgery, and orthopedics, and now hair transplantation is taking its rightful place.

Developed by a research scientist colleague, PRP is obtained from a small amount of the patient’s blood by spinning it in a centrifuge at such high speeds that it isolates the platelets (the body’s mediator of healing) and growth factor proteins. The PRP and growth factors can then be utilized in several ways to maybe one day potentially enhance the results of the hair transplant:

Added to the scalp where hairs are transplanted, decreasing bleeding and bruising, accelerating healing, and reducing shock hair loss, meaning patients look better sooner after the procedure. Speeding up and increasing the percentage of transplanted hair growth better, healing of the donor site incision – here is where PRP does seem to be effective stimulating the stem cells (dermal papilla) of the newly transplanted hair follicles, stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia preventing hair loss

An Exciting Innovative Therapy

PRP is being used in many plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts to reduce bruising, accelerate healing, and improve results of scar healing. Studies have shown that use of PRP in facelifts, for example, decreases the incidence of complications such as blood collections.

As part of our commitment to state of the art care, PRP is now provided with the hair transplant procedure for any patient who desires or is appropriate for it. Furthermore, as the addition to the scalp of PRP can thicken thinning hairs and help reawaken dormant hairs, PRP is also offered as a stand-alone procedure as a treatment for male and female pattern hair loss, where it is occasionally effective in slowing down shedding or active hair loss. Your doctor and/or patient consultant can answer any questions you have about this therapy.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary treatment used to regenerate hair growth. PRP is blood that has been concentrated with platelets. These concentrated platelets contain proteins and growth factors which help increase circulation to the hair follicles, stimulate the follicles to grow, and even thicken the hair shaft. It is believed that the introduction of platelets and white blood cells through platelet rich plasma can actually stimulate the growth of follicles, thereby reversing hair miniaturization seen in androgenetic alopecia and even preventing hair loss.

Pre and Post Procedure Instructions & Tips

EXERCISE
Please avoid heavy exercise one day before your procedure till one day after your procedure

DIET
Please eat a normal breakfast or lunch the day of your PRP session
Please avoid too salty or too spicy food after procedure

SHAMPOOING
Please wash your hair the morning of the PRP session or before the PRP session
Stay with PRP overnight and wash your hair next morning

HAIR COLORING
It is fine to color your hair up to 7 days before and 7 days after the procedure

SUPPLEMENTS
Discontinue blood thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver oil , niacin supplements, Essential Fatty Acids at least 1 -2 days before and 1 day after your treatment. Please stop multivitamins 2 days before as well.

SMOKING & ALCHOL
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana for three days before your PRP session. The more the better as we find smoking really impacts on the healing process!

MEDICATIONS
Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Iburprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti inflammatory medications for 7 days before your procedure (if possible). We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRP works! Please take Tylenol for pain.