What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?

The primary use for platelet rich plasma (PRP) in hair restoration surgery first reported by Carlos Uebel, MD in 2005, demonstrated an increase yield and increased density, when utilized as a graft storage medium. When bathed in activated PRP the growth factors attach to the stem cells in the bulge area of the dissected follicular unit thus increasing follicular yield of newly transplanted follicles by 20%.


The author’s suggest expanding the use of PRP in hair restoration surgery for the following reasons (1) to enhance donor site wound healing, (2) decrease the incidence of infection, (3) reduce donor scaring, (4) increase donor scar tensile strength (5) enhance recipient site healing and (6) to be utilized as an effective treatment protocol in severe cases of wound infection. In addition to the PRP (7) platelet poor plasma (PPP) has potent sealant properties that can be utilized to reduce bleeding during the procedure.


In layman’s words, one syringe of blood is removed, just like when you have a blood test and placed into a centrifuge. After centrifuging we can concentrate your platelets and growth factors times ten and utilize them any number of beneficial ways.


We also feel that infusing PRP into the recipient area may have a positive effect on the regeneration of the non-transplanted hair and studies are under way to evaluate this hypothesis.


We are currently researching this non-surgical cellular therapy as a treatment for Alopecia Areata. Research grant study sponsored by the International Society of Hair Restoration and the International Hair Research Foundation.


 

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